Big Nasty Mud Run

As I shared with you guys yesterday, Chris and I did the Big Nasty Mud Run on Saturday in Bloomingdale, Georgia.  The Big Nasty is put on by FCA Endurance and this was the 5th time they have done it.  I love running races hosted by FCA Endurance because proceeds always go to a really good cause and their events are well planned and executed.  The Big Nasty was no exception.  Chris and I were in the 8:20 military wave and we got out to the site at around 7:45AM.

 

Upon arrival I knew that they had everything under control.  There were plenty of port potties available and duct taping stations for your shoes.  Duct tapping your shoes is critical for this particular race so having some available to runners was awesome.  Packet pickup was incredibly smooth and the whole thing took us only a few minutes.  The added bonus about the Big Nasty Mud Run is that if you have children who are over 3 they have child care for free on site!  WIN.  Before I knew it, it was time to head to the start so Chris and I grabbed one quick picture before gearing up.

 

Big Nasty Before

 

 

I have to admit I was a little nervous as we were waiting to go.  I wasn’t sure what to expect or if I was in good enough shape to not hold Chris back TOO much.  Since we were on a team we had to stick together.  Knowing I had him along with me gave me the boost of confidence that I needed.

 

The very first thing you did was run over a hill of dirt and dive into a hug mud pit.  We saw people losing shoes left and right before our wave so I was glad to have my tightly taped to my feet.  The mud was like thick soup.  You wouldn’t walk through it, you pretty much had to swim.  Fun times.

 

Big Nasty Mud Run

 

 

From there it was pretty much alternating obstacles and running.  The obstacles were all pretty manageable for me and I only opted out of doing one of them which was fine because only one member of the team had to do it.  It basically involved shimmying upside down on a PVC pipe.  Once I saw how much Chris struggled I was glad I opted out … last thing I needed before going back to school would be an injury 😉

 

Some of the other obstacles included swimming and going over barrels, jumping over walls, climbing ladders and cargo nets, wading through a muddy creek (that never seemed to end), and so much more.  This tire carry happened near the end of the race and I was SMOKED.

 

Big Nasty Mud Run During 2

 

 

There were times where there was not a dry spot on my body.  I had mud EVERYWHERE and it took a couple of showers to finally get all of it out of my ears ha.  The best part of this race was doing it with Chris.  Once of my favorite things about our marriage is that we push each other to try new things and stay active.  We have ran 2 half marathons together, several smaller races, and now this mud run.  I also love that he is as much of a cheese-ball as I am :)

 

Big Nasty Mud Run During

 

This is really embarrassing but somehow we didn’t see a photographer at the finish and we didn’t get a picture in our muddy glory.  This is sad because the last obstacle involved swimming through almost a football field size thing of mud.  Oh well … I know better for next time!  Total the race consisted of ~5 miles and 30 obstacles.  We finished around 1:14 which was right in middle of the overall pack.

 

I had a lot of fun doing the mud run and totally plan on signing up when they do it again in September!  If you’re local you should come get muddy too :)

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Post-Baby Running Come Back

Hey there!  Hope your week is going well.  Thinking about everyone in the Northeast as you get a ton of snow.  We were under a freezing rand advisory here but nothing happened.  I am getting tired of our “cold” weather and am super excited for the forecast since I see 70’s on the horizon 😉

 

I am really excited to share with you guys today that I am officially signed up for my first post-baby races!  The last race I ran was the Augusta Half Marathon almost exactly a year ago.  I found out I was pregnant just a few weeks later.  While I ran until 36 weeks during my pregnancy I just didn’t race.  Therefore I am STOKED to get back to it.

 

My first race is actually this weekend.  I am running the Savannah Hot Cocoa 10K.  I mean what mom WOULDN’T sign up for a race knowing that there was chocolate at the end?  Sounds like it’s right up my alley.  My BFF here is running the half marathon so I get to stick with her the first 3ish miles before finishing up.  I am confident in my mileage and am ready for the distance.  Not sure what my time goals are … I would love to go sub-60 minutes but I am ok if that doesn’t happen too.  I have to remind myself sometimes that Bryn is only 10 weeks old 😉

 

Hot Cocoa 10K

 

I am also signed up for the “Get Your Rear in Gear 5K” on March 1st in Savannah with the rest of my cohort from PA school.  I have some bigger goals for this race 😉

GetYourRearInGear_logo

 

I have a busy day studying for my A&P lab practicum tomorrow and physical assessment lab today.  We have to know the bones and their markings/features tomorrow as well as the ligaments of the major joints.  Normally it wouldn’t seem so daunting but it’s 50% of our grade and also smack dab in the middle of the test storm of the quarter.  Wish me luck! 😉

 

Do you have any races coming up?

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Fall Racing Schedule

It has begun.

 

Training that is.  I am working on putting together my fall racing calendar.  Technically I still have a couple of weeks before I start training but I am upping my mileage and adding in speed work now.  I plan on sharing my training plan with you all soon!  I have two races that I am currently registered for …

 

Army Ten-Miler

 

Chris and I are both registered to run the Army Ten-Miler in Washington DC on October 21.  I am super excited because this race is on my #FitnessBucketList.  It fits well into my half-marathon training plan and I will get to see several of my real-life friends AND blog friends.  SO excited!!

 

Two weeks later we are running this …

Savannah Rock-N-Roll

 

I am SO excited for this half!  Why?  Because I am running with some awesome friends AND it’s pretty darn flat.  After the hills of death from the Go! St. Louis I am ready for a flat, fast court.  I have PR plans for this race 😉

 

Now … I want to add in a couple of shorter races into the docket.  I am thinking about adding the Tunnel to Towers 5K.  This race was started in honor of a firefighter, Stephen Siller who lost his life trying to save others on 9/11.  The Tunnel to Towers Foundation supports children who have lost a parent, firefighters, and military who have been seriously injured and sacrifice their quality of life in the line of duty.  Definitely something I can get behind.

Tunnel To Towers Savannah

 

Other than that I am open to suggestions!  Presley, Victoria, and I are talking about making a girls weekend and running the Zooma 1/2 Marathon on Amelia Island in January too :)

 

What’s on your racing calendar for the fall?