Muddy Fanatic 2012
I ran the Muddy Fanatic 5K Obstacle Course on Saturday. It was a blast! I did it solo and looked at it as a fun training run in prep for the Tough Mudder this fall. (You can donate to the Wounded Warrior Project on my behalf here, if you’d like.)
It was a really great atmosphere, lots of fun people and camaraderie out on the course. It was a really burly 5K even apart from the obstacles, with one gigantic, continuous hill climb (which made Houghton College‘s “Devil’s Back” hill seem like a geographical pimple, for those who’ve been there). The obstacles themselves were tons of fun, and I stopped along the way to help several groups get over some of the bigger obstacles, which is always fun to me (but I had to see if I could make it over the obstacles myself without help – what can I say? I’m hyperindependent.) I got pretty scuffed up by the end, which just means I was doing it right!
Lessons learned for future races:
1.) Gloves are a must. (I flew down some of the hasty rappel rope bridges, while others were left hand-over-handing it.)
2.) Under Armour compression shirts and pants would be helpful (in minimizing scuffage and maximizing slipperiness through mud).
3.) I need to run A LOT more often – for distance. Not just sprint intervals. (Grrrr. I hate running slowly.)
4.) Free Monsters and free beer after the race is hard to beat.
5.) Team atmosphere is a lot more fun than going solo in these sorts of races (even if it means slowing down for weaker members).