A few weekends ago, some girlfriends and I participated in the Dirty Girl 5k Mud Run!
We were team PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff) and we had a BLAST!!
(before and after - we accidentally stood in the exact same order haha!)
This was my first mud run, and after my color run experience, I was a little bit apprehensive about how this themed run would end up being.
The race took place on a large farm, and everything was extremely well organized and labeled. We were in the 9:00 wave, but we arrived really early (a little before 8:00). We dropped our things off at gear check, took some pictures, used the facilities, and decided to start early. The waves weren't monitored at all, so we jumped in with the 8:30 wave!
At first, I thought we were in for another color run experience. The beginning of the run was really crowded because the course was not very wide. People were walking right away, and we couldn't get around them. But it didn't take long for things to thin out and from there it was a blast!
After bouncing our way down the first big obstacle, we crawled across these cargo nets - which hurt our knees!
Then we headed to the "Utopian Tubes" - the first really muddy obstacle. We were definitely muddy after that! Some of the other obstacles included a wall to climb over, and then this bungee cord maze.
We ran along, but since it was a low stress and untimed event - we stopped for pictures along the way! (Shout out to Mike and Chris - our course photographers!)
Everyone's favorite obstacle seemed to be the MUDSLIDE! It definitely made me feel like a kid again!
Overall, this race was definitely the most fun one I've ever done. We all had a great time!!! The option was there to go around any obstacle you wanted, but I didn't find any of them to be challenging enough that I felt like I had to skip them.
The race was well organized, well marked, and there were water stops along the way.
My only 2 negatives were that we had to pay $10 for parking (and the race itself was $85!) and there was NO water after the finish. You could get your free beer, but I didn't want one - so I got NOTHING to drink. If I'd known that, I would've stuck a bottle of water into my gear bag.
If you're looking at a race like this, I definitely suggest getting into an early wave as the event gets more crowded as the day goes on. When we came out of the changing/shower tent, the line to get in was really long.
I was actually bummed when we were coming to the end of the course, and I remember saying to someone that I didn't want it to end!! This is a race I will definitely do again!