For some unknown reason, I thought it would be a wonderful idea to run a four-mile obstacle course on one of the coldest April days ever.
Let me start by saying that it was NOT a wonderful idea. It might just have been the worst idea I have ever had.
Hard Charge. Hell.
I ran (read: lugged myself along in a limping jog) for four miles through mud, freezing cold water, barbed wire, sand and grass.*
*Why does the grass matter? The Allergy Obstacle. Sneezing. Watery eyes. More hell.
My husband, our friend, Bryan, and I ran the obstacle course together despite my pleas for them to run ahead of me because I would just hold them back from enjoying the CHARGE.
Thankfully, they did stay with me. I needed both of them to help me over both of the 10-foot walls. Ten feet is twice my size! I am especially grateful for my dear husband who made sure I didn’t quit when I felt like I was close to death.
Bryan and my husband destroyed the course. They probably could have gotten great time if it were not for them staying behind for me.
The hubs is such a beef cake.
I ran out of gas at the halfway point. My shoes were filled with mud and gravel and my clothes were soaked. I felt like I weighed an extra 20 pounds. I shamelessly skipped three obstacles.
- The monkey bars, which were like four inches thick. I have tiny hands. Who are they kidding?
- The ice bath. Just no. No.
- The cars because I don’t trust the Hard Charge folks to duct tape the windows properly. I’ve seen people fall through a car.
I completed all the other obstacles. Even the freezing cold water ones and the ones where I had to climb over things that were bigger than me.
But I made it through! (With COPIOUS amounts of help from Matt and Bryan.)
Do you have any advice for training for an obstacle course, warrior dash or tough mudder?