(Picture from Gritty Goddess Facebook page)
The last time I did a mud run, I did it with a good friend. I have to confess that when I said yes, I really wanted to say no. I even think I tried several times to excuse myself from it. I was scared. I had not ran in a while and the idea of running through an obstacle course for 5Ks frightened me. I didn't think I could walk 5K much less run 5K and throw all my fluffiness over a wall or climb a tall rope thingy or huge bouncy thingy (yeah I have no idea what their official names are). And that day I proved myself right. My poor friend Mari, I am sure she was ready to strangle me. I admire her. She is tough and independent and confident. But at the same time she will give you the shirt off her back if she thought you needed it. She doesn't put up with any crap and is a natural born leader. She is soo cool she is even part of a roller derby team. Her name on the team GREEN BEANER ! Love that girl! So she would say, "ok lets just run to spot X" and I was just turn and look at her like she was crazy. You know why I would just look and not say anything? Because I was out of breadth from just walking! Half way through, I pretty much convinced myself that I was going to pass out. Now I am not sure if I was going to pass out because I had no more energy or because I thought once we got round this group of trees we only had on more obstacle and when I got around the trees, I realized we have 5 more obstacles to do and plenty of walking (Uh I mean running) to do in between . But being the wonderful friend that she has always been, she just encouraged me and stayed with me. Thank you Mari for putting up with my drama.
Ok, I am pretty sure I still can't run a 5K, much less run a 5K and then some. But I am not scared. I want to try. I want to see what this body can do. I have been running for a few weeks and I want to take this body for a test drive. I am sure I will get tired. I know that a dozen women are going to grab onto my bum and push me over the 5 foot wall. I know all this and I am okay with it. I JUST WANT TO TRY!
So my next run will be Saturday morning at 10:10 in the EIRENE wave at the Gritty Goddess. I will wear a Tiffany Blue team shirt with ratty old shoes and other clothing that will probably have to be chunked after the run due to all the mud we will encounter. (thank you Monica for offering to make the t shirts at such a great price) and (thank you Ellie for having the idea to use a part of my blog name as the team name). I
promise to nevermind. I make no promises to do anything but do my best, support and encourage my friends and all the women and enjoy every minute of it.