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Race Recap: Pretty Muddy

Full Disclosure: As part of the Pretty Muddy Bloggers I was given a free entry to the race in exchange for my promoting and posting about the race.  I did not receive any additional compensation, and as always all experiences and opinions are my own.

This past Saturday I participated in Pretty Muddy.  I heard about this race last year, but not until after I had other committments on race day.  I’d done the Warrior Dash and loved it so the idea of an all-women’s version was awesome.  I decided to shoot for the 2013 race.  Getting to be a Pretty Muddy Blogger and run for free was just icing on the cake I’d already decided to bake.

Pretty Muddy 2013 Medal

On to race day…we’ve already talked about how I don’t do much prepping for race day.  Well, it kind of bit me in the ass this time around.  I forgot which wave I’d signed up for and ended up getting up much earlier than necessary.  (Although, realistically I probably would have woken up just as early regardless.  My ability to sleep-in is pretty much non-existant.)  So since I had a lot of time before I needed to leave, I spent most of the morning screwing around the house rather than getting things together because I had “plenty of time to get there.”  As a direct result, I completely forgot to take extra clothes and shoes.  Because getting covered in mud and getting in my car with cloth seats could only end well, right?!  Of course, I didn’t realize this until turning around was just inconvenient enough that I wasn’t going to bother.  I’d figure something out.  I also didn’t bother to read any of the pre-race emails until I was on my way to the race…oh, there’s a $10 parking fee?!  Well then, it’s a good thing my bank has a branch kind of on the way…

So, minor hiccups of my own doing aside, the race went very smoothly.  Parking was easy peasy.  I had a little bit of concern about my tiny car driving through the field to park, but it was totally little car accessible.  Registration was quick and easy.  Gear check was quicker and easier.  They recommended you get there an hour early for check-in, but that was totally unnecessary.  I was supposed to start in the 10:00 wave.  I got there at 9:30 with plenty of time to check-in, watch the WERQ fitness class that was being demoed and still start in the 9:45 wave.  The wave started with very little fan-fare.

The run itself was not really what I was expecting.  For one, there was very little running.  The event was untimed and billed as a fun-run, but I seriously felt like the odd-man out for running more than the first 50 yards.  There were even a few points were I felt like I was being judged by the other participants for actually running!

I was also expecting the course to be something more akin to the Warrior Dash, lots of mud with obstacles interspersed.  This was more like a trail race with a few kind of muddy pit stops.  The obstacles were your standard climb over walls and up nets, duck under things, crawl through the mud pits, but none of them were really very muddy.  I was trying not to get terribly muddy since I had no clean clothes to change into and staying mud-free from the waist up was pretty easy.  There was a lot of participants who seemed to be actively trying to avoid getting muddy at all.  This was a little aggrivating at points because it caused back-ups at obstacles and well, you signed up for a mud run, what did you expect?!?

Muddy

I finished the race, got my medal, and went in search of the (very well hidden) rinse off station.  I hosed off as much mud as I could from my pants and headed back to my car.  Luckily, I never took my Zooma swag bag out of my car so the race shirt and yoga mat where still in my back seat.  I changed my shirt in the parking lot, and unrolled the yoga matt to cover my seat.  Victory was mine!  Moral of the story?  Don’t listen to your boyfriend when he tells you your car is a disaster and you need to clean it out.n  You never know when you’re going to need a clean shirt and a yoga mat to sit on.

All in all, I had a good time, but I’m not sure I’d do it again.  Well, I definitely would not do it again by myself.  The event was definitely designed to be done with a group of friends.  If I could manage to round up a group of girlfriends to do this with me next year, I would probably do it again.

Let’s Get Pretty Muddy!

Hey guys – if you’re interested in the Zombies, Run! app from my post on Tuesday.  I just discovered it’s actually 50% off right now (at least for Android anyway) so now is the time to snag it!

Despite the string of running related posts, I swear this is not strictly a running blog!  I promise you this will be the last running post for at least a couple weeks, but I have news, and a sweet discount, to share right now!  I found out earlier this week that I’m part of Team Pretty Muddy!

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In case you’ve never heard of it, Pretty Muddy is an all women’s obstacle course/ mud run 5K – kind of like a no boys allow version of the Warrior Dash.  This year they’re putting on events in Dallas, Richmond, Atlanta, Sacramento, Chicago, Columbus, Tampa, and Miami. 

I don’t think I’ve actually mention this, but you might’ve noticed that after completing the marathon, I’m kind of over road racing.  Don’t get my wrong, I love running races, but after logging so.many.miles during marathon training, I find myself needing more…variety, to stay interested in racing.  This is where my new trail racing addiction comes into play.    

I actually heard about this race shortly before the Chicago event last year, and after having done the Warrior Dash over the summer, I really wanted to participate.  Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, I wasn’t able to go last year.  (I think I had a wedding to attend that day…) I was bummed, but I told myself I would check it out in 2013.  Needless to say, I was pretty stoked when I got the email from Pretty Muddy inviting me to be part of their blogger team!

Right now, Pretty Muddy is wrapping up a discounted pricing promotion. Today is the last day (sorry for the short notice!) for their $20 off promo pricing of $49 registration.  Use the promo code “GIRLTIME” when you register.  If you’re registering for Chicago, come join me!  Sign up with my team Muddy Girls Do It Better, and we will have a blast!  I see tutus in my future!

Disclaimer: As part of the Pretty Muddy Blogger Team, I am being provided with free race entry.  All opinions are my own, and having never done the race (yet), may or may not have much weight anyway.

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