Pre-race, I made sure to doll myself up because I have this problem with race photos.
I seriously almost always look like I am taking a crap or pushing out a giant baby elephant.
It’s not a joke, I am dead serious! You don’t believe me? Of all the race photos to be found, this by far must be the worse, but it’s also fairly representative of what I look like when I race.
Courtesy of the Ithaca Journal
My horrible grimace is the least of the most appalling things in this photo. It’s overly unflattering and I’m okay with that. You should try looking glamorous and svelte while sliding down a steep hill coated with animal lube (YUP….ANIMAL LUBE).
Anyhow, enough about photos, the race was a blast! It was my first obstacle race and despite my still recovering from the week-long bout of whatever the hell I was fighting, it went pretty well. Mary and I ended up pairing off within the first 20 seconds of the start. Someone didn’t quite get the meaning of “team run”, so I sprinted ahead to catch up with her so she wouldn’t have to brave it alone. I may or may not have held her back some, but she was kind enough to slow her pace to do it together.
We blasted through the first bunch of obstacles until we hit the tractor tire flip. That thing was freaking heavy! At this point we were both happy to have the support of a team member. It really took a lot more out of us than expected.
The rest of the course proved to be a little easier, but a surprising struggle was the progressive balance beams. Trying to walk on narrow balance beams while getting hosed with water was not an easy task!
Up next we climbed the hill to the slip and slide of doom (I think it was called the Compost Cascade). This is where I got pretty banged up and mud in places I may never be able to get to. At this point my cold was starting to get to me a bit, but I kept on pushing. We finished off the race with just a few more obstacles including carrying a log, dodging zombies, climbing a net wall, climbing a hay bale, and lastly throwing a tire onto a pole.
We finished in style, mud on our face and in a reasonable time of 38:30.
We then waited for Craig and Dani to catch up to us (they weren’t too far behind us). We watched them finish their last obstacles and then joined them to run the last stretch so we could at the least finish together as a team.It was such a fun experience and I’m eager to do it again! I have a voucher for a Spartan race so that will probably be my next challenge.
All in all, I’d do it again! I def enjoy these races and my only worry would be getting injured, but if you’re smart and not too competitive it’s not too bad.