My mom reads my blog, so I’m making this little confession right here. Something I haven’t been able to tell her in person.
Something I still can’t quite believe myself.
Saturday, September 10th, I became a Dirty Girl by participating in the Dirty Girl Mud run held just south of Buffalo, NY.
Yea, me, running. I’m sooooo not a runner, or a walker, or any kind of fitness buff.
But I stepped outside my comfort zone and signed on to do this 5k race with a group of friends from golf.
(I may or may not have had a drink or 2 the night I agreed to do it; just saying)
The name of our team was “See you at the Finish Wine”.
We had a riot getting together to decorate our tee shirts to wear for the race.
My Silhouette cutter came in handy for cutting out the wine glasses and bottles to iron on to the shirts. (thanks to Gail for helping me get it figured out)
This is a team photo of all of us before the race started. (I’m the one on the far right)
The Dirty Girl race is an event for women only, of all ages. It raises money for breast cancer research, awareness and education.
So, just 4 weeks ago I started training for this run in the early mornings.
Have I mentioned I’m not a runner?
OMG, running is so hard! I started with the couch to 5k program but had to accelerate it since I didn’t have 12 weeks to train.
The 5k course also had 11 obstacles to overcome, the most famous being the mud pit that must be crawled through to get to the finish line.
Yup, a mud pit. (hence the Dirty Girl name)
There's also a cargo net to climb over, tires to high step through, hay bales to climb, tunnels to crawl through, a mud hill to slide down, all in all a bunch of challenges all along the way.
It was fun!
I actually surprised myself by being able to run most of the course with just a couple stretches of walking.
By the end of the race we were all pretty dirty!
Here’s our team “after” photo.
Here’s me before the race……all nice and clean.
And here I am after…..sliding down the mud hill on my belly was a riot!
We spent the night at a hotel in Buffalo and had a fun filled night out. On the way back home we made a pit stop at the Outlet Mall for some bargain hunting.
All in all, it was a great adventure!
Oh, and I almost forgot, somewhere along the way I agreed to run a race in October, and November, and December too.
Not quite sure how that happened……