The time this girl got dirty

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A few weekends ago, I did something that I thought I’d never do: a 5k mud run.  Forget about the fact that I’m not supposed to run given my two knee surgeries and threats from my doctor of “it’s not if, it’s when you have another surgery.” The running part really wasn’t that bad and my knee was okay for the most part (the few days after not so much, but total fine during the run which is what matters!). It’s the fact that I ran, crawled and slid through mud. Mud and I don’t mix. Dirt and I don’t mix. I mean, I wear flip flops or slippers around my own house because I don’t want my feet to get dirty–and it’s my own house!! So the fact that I not only did this mud run, but was actually the one who suggested to my friends that we do it was mind-blowing.

The Dirty Girl 5k was actually a lot of fun, and not really as bad as I thought it would be.  The race is obviously for women, hence the name, it’s not actually a race–no one keeping time here, and there are signs at each obstacle that say “you can skip the obstacle, we won’t tell anyone” so it’s not as intense as Tough Mudder.  But hello, what’s the point of signing up for an obstacle course mud run if you aren’t going to complete the obstacles? So naturally my friends and I completed every single one of them: climbing over walls, climbing up ropes, sliding down a slide into a landing area of mud, army crawling under ropes, 12 obstacles in all.

My two friends Natalie and Gen did the run with me, which I think is really what got me through it. They say it’s best to work out with a buddy and those people are right! We came up with a cute name “Dirt in the Skirt” after the classic movie A League of Their Own and wore matching outfits.  We definitely could have been more creative though, and throughout the day we found ourselves saying “Ok next year, we have to do this” like actually wearing running skirts to go along with our team name,  and putting our team name on our shirts with names and numbers on the back.  We wore hot pink tank tops, thinking we’d stand out as a team. But duh, it’s a women-only race that raises money for breast cancer awareness, so everyone and their mother was wearing some shade of pink; real original on our part huh? But in the end, it didn’t matter because everyone ended up a lovely shade of brown (see pictures of before and after below).

Not to toot my own horn, but I have to say I’m proud of myself for doing this.  Never in a million years would I have thought that I’d be a “Dirty Girl.” But I know that we’ll be driving back out to Baltimore next year to complete the obstacle course again, hopefully this time with a few more teammates! And I guess what they say is true–running is addictive–because I just signed up for the Color Run 5k in Atlantic City in October.  I figure, after getting covered in mud, being dyed colors can’t be that bad. Right?

Natalie, me and Gen pre-race

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3.2 miles and a lot of mud later

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