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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?!?


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.

Twosday: Running

New pairs of running shoes purchased in the last week:

  1. New Balance Minimus: When I bought the Muddy Monk Season Pass for this year, I went out and bought a pair of trail running shoes.  Except for the blister I got when I made the mistake of wearing them for the first time at a race, they have been awesome shoes.  However, they’re kind of heavy, and as I discovered during the Muddy Monk Double Down (which I’m just now realizing I never posted the recap for…) they are extremely heavy when soaking wet.
    minimus I ran in them on Saturday, and I’m happy with them so far.
  2. Vibrams: I’m pretty skeptical of the whole barefoot running movement, but that does mean I haven’t been curious about these creepy toe shoes.  So when my friend Scott posted a link to Vibrams for $30 at the REI Outlet website, I couldn’t pass them up.  I’m not willing to spend $80 – $90 to give these shoes a try, but $30 I can handle.  I actually really want to wear them for the Warrior Dash in June, and if that works out, Pretty Muddy in September.
    vibrams I should get these on Wednesday or Thursday.

Signs I might have a racing problem:

  1. I signed up for two races on the same day, and then I nearly did it again.
  2. I’m signed up for 4 races in the month of June.  This would be one every weekend except the Run for Boston 5K and Warrior Dash are in the same weekend.  I’m hopeful I will survive.

Running apparel I’m lusting after:

  1. This Better Than Naked running jacket from The North Face: I really need a spring/ fall running jacket that is wind and water resistant, but I’m cheap.  I have a hard time spending $130 on any article of clothing – let alone a running jacket that will be used pretty sporadically.  However, it just so happens I have a birthday coming up and parents who love me dearly.  As such, this jacket will soon be mine.
  2. A pair of running shorts that are comfortable!  I hate shorts.  I just don’t find them comfortable to wear – physically that is – it’s not a self conscious thing.  I hate the feeling of fabric bunched up in my unmentionables area.  Last week I bought what can only be described as hot pants from Old Navy in hopes that those would be better than typical running shorts.  They’re better, but I’m still not a fan.  I might just have to accept that shorts just aren’t in the cards for me.

Races I’m REALLY looking forward to:

  1. Run for Boston 5K – I’m just so amazed by the people from Chicago Running Bloggers and Muddy Monk and their efforts in getting this race organized and publicized and sponsored.  Today the Chicago Tribune ran an article about the race.
  2. Zooma Women’s Race Half Marathon – I actually never had any intention of running this race until last week when Mindy tweeted about coming to Chicago to run it.  I decided to run with her and to make this a goal race.  Mindy is speedier than me (though not insanely so) so I’m hoping she can help pace me to a PR

Other Running Related Items to Note:

  1. I created a new/ updated running page.  I realized I’ve been pretty terrible about writing race recaps and even keeping track of the races I’ve run and my finish times.  Thank god for the interwebs,  I was able to find the majority of my times online.
    1B.  I imported all the posts from my old blog Girl Can.  When I originally started Running in Chucks, I wanted a clean slate, but I also missed being able to link to old content – particularly running related content like race recaps and my marathon training posts.
  2. I started tracking my work-outs on Daily Mile again.  I prefer the RunKeeper app to the Daily Mile compatible app I’ve started using, but I missed the community of Daily Mile.  I also missed the blog widget – lame I know.  We’ll see.  I may just use both.
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