Yesterday was one of my favorite races that I usually do every year and this year…I didn’t do it. 😦 I’m actually quite sad about it.
Yesterday was The Dirty Dash. I have done it every year for the past couple of years, sometimes twice a year (spring & fall). This year I failed to sign up in time and it sold out.
The Dirty Dash is a 5k/10k obstacle course in the mud about 45 minutes away from where I live. For some people I know the mud doesn’t sound fun, but it really is!!! Each year, they seem to add a different obstacle every year.
Last year, I learned a trick. About 1/2 way through the run, my shoes were getting SUPER heavy because they were caked with mud and the shoe laces kept coming untied, etc. So, at about the 3 mile mark, I ditched the shoes and went barefoot the rest of the way! There was one point where we had to run on some gravel and that hurt a little bit, but overall, it was SO much fun to go barefoot. If I would’ve done it this year, I would’ve gone barefoot the entire time.
One of the really fun and cool things about this race is, it isn’t who finishes first. It’s more of a fun run race. There are some obstacles where you have to climb over a wood planked wall and some of these walls are pretty high. (You can bypass some of the obstacles if you want, but what fun is that?) I remember one year, one guy was kneeling down in the mud, letting everybody use him as a step stool to get over the wall. It was awesome!
The last 2 obstacles are a giant slip-n-slide down the mountain and crawling through a pool of mud! That’s where you usually get the muddiest.
I really missed doing it this year. Since I didn’t get to do it this year, I thought I’d share with you some of the pictures from previous years.
Next year I’ll have to do this race again.
Have you ever done a mud run? Did you like it?