|How much do YOU want it?|
I did something totally unexpected this past weekend which took me completely out of my comfort zone. I faced my fears, jumped over the cliff headfirst- eyes closed-, whispered a few words of prayer and hoped for the best.
What could I have possibly done, you ask. Are you asking? Because I'm going to tell you anyway...
I RAN THE WARRIOR DASH 5K MUD RUN!
Yes, I did!
The Warrior Dash is the world's largest obstacle race held in various cities all across the world. The races are coordinated by Red Frog Events and they have helped raise millions of dollars for St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Participants run a 3-4 mile rugged battleground course riddled with 12 extreme obstacles. The obstacles increased in level of difficulty as you progressed, ranging from a simple climbing of a 7 ft. wooden barrier, to crawling under barbed wire, muddy trenches, jumping into mud pits, crossing lakes, running up and down hills, maneuvering wet balance beams to jumping over fire pits. Obstacles vary from location to location but what you can expect to find in all however, is MUD. Lots and lots of sticky, wet gunky mud. Don't you love it already?
|Mud, mud, and more mud!|
After conquering the Battleground, the Dash Warriors celebrate with huge turkey legs, beer, and live music at a post-race party. Expect to see much fist bumping, chest pounding and muscle flexing as those who actually completed the race celebrated with cavemen enthusiasm. I did not hesitate to engage in some flexing myself!
|Flexing is mandatory|
I don't know what I drank that morning, but I squared my shoulders and tackled each and every obstacle there with as much gusto and enthusiasm as I could scrape up. I nearly lost my sneakers more than once in nasty mud, nearly drowned in the lake, and got a nasty scrape on my knee from rocks, but I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE.
What this experience taught me was that if we live our lives in fear, you will miss out on far too much unexpected beauty that it has to offer. It was beautiful and inspiring to watch as strangers cheered each other on and lent each other a hand. All shapes and sizes tackled these obstacles. People were there to have fun and to challenge themselves with what can only be described as a unique experience.
I had an incredible time bonding with my brother and my daughter, both of whom also participated. I'm really proud of them and I'm happy I didn't let my debilitating fear of heights get in the way. Next year I hope we do this again- but this time I'm tackling the ultimate obstacle course- The Spartan Race! Why? Because I CAN and I WILL.