Back in January I won a ticket to a Dirty Girl mud race from Average Moms Wear Capes. I had just finished Run For Your Lives (the Zombie 5k) back in November and next on my radar was Tough Mudder. But a 5k that I could run with my sister, all bonding-like, sounded like fun. I loved the idea of challenging obstacles, something RunForYourLives was lacking back in their Clermont debut. And 5k was a do-able distance, since that’s what I normally run 3 to 4 times a week. So I signed up and convinced my sis to do the same – we split the cost of her ticket.
The run was labeled “Tampa” on their event schedule, but really it was pretty much over an hour away in Dade City at Little Everglades Ranch. They suggested getting their 2 hours prior to run time. We got there about just over an hour early and that was plenty of time for parking, gear check in, getting your bib and checking out the area.
We started our run at 10am. I have to say, my sister and I are not necessarily fast runners, but we do enjoy a good run. Some guests went there for the obstacles and comraderity more than the actual running. Not a bad thing at all! Just a different style. So we did have to find a way around them in the beginning until we could get our duo-pace.
Once everyone found their pace and spread out, my sister and I found a pretty comfortable gait to work with. We pepped each other along and went gung-ho on the obstacles. One of my favorite was this huge net that you had to climb up – then it was like a spider web that you had to get across, then climb down again. I also liked scaling the wall and going Catherine Zeta Jones-esque through some elastic bands. Obstacles had fun names like H2OMG and Dirty Dancing!
My only caution is when stepping out of extra muddy areas, remember to get excess mud off the bottom of your shoes or you may slip. If you saw runners with “made out with the mud” faces, slipping in the mud as they waded or crawled was probably the reason why.
My sister and I finished the 5k, which went way fast, in 37 minutes. I was so proud of us!
Do I have any tips for our next mud run? Well, after having RunForYourLives and Dirty Girl under my belt, my tips are:
1. Be prepared to donate your shoes! I ran both times in shoes I wouldn’t miss so I could donate them at the end. They wash them off and give them to people in need.
2. Arrive early, between 1 – 2 hours before your run time. Any sooner you may get bored and antsy. Any later and you won’t have time to do gear check and take in your surroundings.
3. Be careful. Mud runs often have ….. mud. Mud is slippery. Take care running the uneven ground and areas covered with mud.
4. Take pictures of your before and after!
5. Make use of the on-site photographer. Both times for me Capstone Photography was doing photos of the run and at the finish line.
6. Bring a TOWEL. I actually forgot both times, luckily my sister let me take one of hers when I arrived at her house before Dirty Girl.
7. Bring a change of clothes. Both times I wore the shirt they provided at the end of the race, but it’s good to pack a spare shirt AND shorts.
8. Consider bringing flip flops for after the race. I walked around barefoot a while after Dirty Girl to let me feet properly dry before putting on a clean pair of socks and my extra shoes.
9. Enjoy the Free Beer. Because you paid for it.
Any questions about Dirty Girl, let me know! I’ll be happy to answer. And as of now I have two races left I will be running this year! :squee: