It wasn't just any morning...it was Champions Mud Bash morning! And it was AWESOME!
|Carissa's "gluten free" oatmeal|
|Mud Bash breakfast made by Ashley|
Before the race started Mike and Ashley got the celebrity treatment. Interviews, photo shoots. Who knew a 6'5" guy in a Robin costume would be so interesting?
|Ashley & Mike aka Robin|
|Kyle as the "Ultimate Warrior"|
The first mile (I think) of the race was tough. We started tightly- bunched in the woods and then ran through fields. Silently. Just loud breathing and wondering how far we had run.
Our first obstacle was a hay climb. Hello quads.
The second one instantly muddied my feet. Through the tube my friends. (I "stole" some of these pics from another blogger- Meals and Miles - sorry! I wanted ya'll to see what we were up against)
The race continued and it started to get REAL HOT just before my favorite obstacle!
|Field of death.|
After the race both Kyle and I said the we should've done the slide multiple times but we're too darn competitive for frivolity on the course.
After that we climbed more hay, crawled through even tinier mud tubes, through tires, through the woods (again), and over more hay before finally seeing the welcome SMOKE of the finish line!
Yes...SMOKE! Just a simple fire jump and mud crawl and we were done!
We were aiming to be under 30 minutes since we didn't know what to expect in terms of terrain and obstacles and I'm happy to report that we were. We "officially" clocked in at 30:04, however we were in the back of the starting pack and since there was no timing mat at the start (grrrrrr right) there was at least a 45 second lag before we took off.
The race was hot. It needed more water stops, some recovery drink, and mile markers, but overall it was far better organized that I expected and it was seriously very fun. Even those among us who had never run that far before (Ashley) did amazing and had fun. She even said she would do it again!
|Free post- race carbs!|
|Hose em down!|
And we want to do it again! As soon as possible!
There are several "mud races" out there right now (Muddy Buddy, Warrior Dash (psst- Warrior Dash 2012 is in Lake Wales, Sat and Sunday Jan 22 & 23. Who wants to race Saturday?), Iron Mudder) and we are looking for another one to do here in Orlando. That way more of our clients and friends can join in! And yes, you will join in! Any advice?
Overall it was an amazing morning spent with great people. What else could you ask for?
Love and mud,
Carissa & Kyle