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Dan Medeiros ran: Warrior Dash: A great...
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- 3 miles
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- 415 calories
Warrior Dash: A great new challenge. Got thoroughly out of my comfort zone with this one.
Nik & I ran together -- or walked together, since most of it was barely run-able, at least by me. Almost the entire 3-mile stretch was mud. Mud, mud, and more mud, most of it at least ankle-deep and the rest of it knee-deep. A couple of parts were waist-deep, especially after I fell into unseen holes. A guy behind me noted that I'd managed to find every hole on the course so far. I was up to my testicles in mud at the time. I said, "There's one right here." Some quick-footed people were running through it, and Nik in her Brooks Cascadias said if you ran light and bounced it actually wasn't so bad -- but I didn't have the energy. So I trudged, for 3.02 miles except for one brief dry spot right at the water station.
The mud made my footing very slippery, so I ended up slipping everywhere, including a long downhill stretch at the beginning where I essentially careened from one tree to another on the steep, muddy, slick slope. I fell about 3 or 4 times overall, with every other step a slip. I wish I hadn't used a pair of old Addictions with worn-out treads.
The obstacles: I did some of them but skipped some. I went thru some web of bungee cords tied in the woods; climbed over some walls and under barbed wire; tried a balance beam but my shoes & the beam were so muddy that I bailed; tried a rope climb but I've never been able to climb a rope in my life, never mind with slick hands and feet; climbed most of a cargo net wall like a champ, but it was perched on a hill and the heights gave me the willies so I climbed back down; jumped over the fire (the easiest obstacle by far); skidded down a long mud slope; and finally crawled over a long cargo net Spider-Man style. So a few things thwarted me, and I'm disappointed about that (particularly the cargo wall, which I was doing well at before my stupid morbid imagination took over).
Random notes: Some lady found a worm in the mud & said she was going to carry it with her as a "mascot" -- until she screamed and said, "It peed on me." Later, some guy got stuck in waist-deep mud with me, & as we were trying to pull ourselves out he yelled behind him, "I swear, I'm trying to move." Later, Nik ate a "turkey leg" that we're 99% sure was actually pork.
I ended up going pretty damn slow, but I didn't have any time goal. I ended up spraining a couple of fingers on the long downhill mudslide, so my left hand is kinda swollen. And I have a few scrapes here & there. But overall it was a wild experience.