I have been holding off on this post for a while, because it just wouldn’t make sense without pictures. But now that I’m armed with photographic evidence, let’s do this.
A couple weekends ago, Mere and I participated in LuvMud 2010, an awesomely fun and hilarious 5k obstacle course at Shelby Farms. We called ourselves the Flee Mudsketeers and dressed up Three Musketeer style – rich blue tank tops emblazoned with the trademark cross and fleur-de-lis symbol, sweat bands adorned with their signature plumes, and knee highs, just for kicks. Here we are prior to crawling through a pit of mud:
The 800+ runners were assigned wave starts, and very luckily for us, we were in the second group. I say lucky, because I had a wedding to attend just 1.5 hours after I finished the race, which, when you factor in travel time, did not give me much time to transform myself from muddy mess to well-groomed wedding guest. But I made it to the church on time, and you would have never guessed that I’d been crawling through the mud less than 90 minutes earlier.
Anyway, there were obstacles set up along the Tour de Wolf trail, and each gave you the option of performing an easy or difficult version of the task. You don’t even need to ask which way we went with that. The obstacles consisted of crawling under a low cargo net, going down an inflatable slide into a pool of water, hightailing it through a tire drill, climbing up and over a wooden structure, and hurdling over large hay bales, which was actually quite hilarious. Mere and I would run at top speed, throw ourselves at the bale, and then claw our way to the other side. Times three.
But the real excitement comes at the end of the race, when you find yourself face to face with a pit of mud and the only way across is on hand and knee. Time to get muddy!
We seriously laughed the entire way across, it was so much fun!
Afterwards, we hosed off and donated our shoes to Soles4Souls, a charity that distributes donated footwear to the needy. Supporting Habitat for Hope (the beneficiary of the race), tackling obstacles, donning costumes, and plowing through mud, what more could you possibly want?! You should do it next year, we can be on the same team!