I had no idea what to expect going into this race. I have only done 5k – full marathons, and biking races. Thankfully the website shows you the tiniest picture of each obstacle in the race. A description would have been awesome, but I guess warriors are meant to be ready for anything. Arggghh….. I used those pictures to create a training program for myself and followed it pretty much perfectly until the week before the race. I didn’t work out at all due to my wisdom teeth extraction and then getting sick.
I arrived with the attitude of just do what you can and don’t get hurt. As Jason and I looked around, we could see that this was a race for all levels of fitness, all ages, and all personalities. There were people in there 60’s, tons of families, women, men, fat, skinny, hardcore, and people who looked like they were just there for the beer (which was plentiful). Needless to say my worries faded.
Ok, so what is like? Out of the starting corral, you run a mile. Then you reach the river, where you swim halfway across, climb onto a barge, andthen jump off and swim the rest of the way to the other bank. Run about a quarter mile. From there you reach the military hurdles. These are about 4ft high and you just push up and jump over (like getting out of a pool). Then to the first wall made up of long wood slats (piece of cake). Run. Sand mounds. Run. Horizontal cargo net. This was harder than it looked. If you have taken my classes, just imagine the lizard crawl. Run. Crawl under the barbed wire. My butt was way up in the air, so plenty of room for bad form. Run. Crawl over the junk cars, and shuffle through the tires. This was really fun. Another wall, but this one you had to hang onto a rope and push your feet up the wall. It was more difficult than the first, but still not as hard as it looks. Run. Walk a rope bridge. Run. This is where you reach the grossest mud pit. If you are afraid of getting dirty then this will destroy you. It was slippery, slimy, and hilarious. I couldn’t find anything to grab on to, but somehow managed to get out without eating any. Then I slopped on through the woods. Run. Crawl under some more barbed wire. Run. Climb over a huge cargo net. Jump over flames, and crawl through muddy water. The muddy water is like nothing compared to that pit. Warrior Victory!
I had a blast! The best race I have ever done. I was really jealous of all the teams and families who were there. So I am aiming to get together a team for next year. Are you interested? Check out the website for next year. Warrior Dash