I thought I signed up for the Macon “Fun” Run not the Macon “Mud” Run!
Okay, I confess I knew what I was getting into when I signed up! Good evening everyone! Hope you are having a great weekend. Today, I participated in my second specialty 5K: The Macon Mud Run. The run benefited the children living at Hephzibah Children’s Home (where the run took place). The proceeds will help give the children 24/7 care, education, and recreational opportunities.
This mud run was the most challenging 5K I have ever participated in. They had two courses a 5K and 7K (I did the 5K). There were over a 100 mud pits. The course featured 20 plus obstacles PLUS hill climbs, mud walls, hurdles, pond crossings, mud pipes, and TONS AND TONS OF MUD. What made it interesting was it rained all day yesterday. It was suppose to rain today but it didn’t. I AM GLAD IT DIDN’T RAIN – IT WOULD HAVE BEEN MORE CHALLENGING!
This is the first run where I have “traveled” light. No smartphone, smartwatch, waist pack, water bottles, road id bracelet, or jewelry. The organizers recommended that we wear old running clothes because our clothes would not be going back home. I picked out some running shorts and an old Airman Battle Uniform T-Shirt. I wore my first pair of running of shoes I got back in 2010: the Adidas adiStar Ride 2. It has been been over 2 years since I wore them and I wasn’t going to run in my new running shoes I got on Black Friday!
I got to the race about an hour early. I checked in my bag and proceeded to a tent where they were duct taping shoes. I already LOST my mind for doing this and I didn’t want to LOSE my shoes!
I ran into some of my friends from our Run for God running group including two that were running in the same wave as me. Well before we knew it, our wave was about to start. It was about time to
play run in the mud! We started to proceed to the starting line, which of course started in a mud pit…lol. Time seem to go by slowly, we didn’t have watches or anything to tell the time. Everyone in our wave was getting excited. Then the countdown started. The horn blew. And we took off!
It was crazy! I was afraid I was going to get pushed in the mud!! After we navigated the first few mud pits, I felt like I was skating through the mud. I’ll be honest, I had the intention of jogging between the mud pits/obstacles. Yeah right. I was tired after the starting line! Now I wish I had one of those sport cameras that I could strap to my head and record this event. This course was well planned and challenging. Mud pits, rope climbs, pond crossings, tire trips, stump hopper, pipe crawl, mud mountains – IT WAS MUDDY AND CRAZY. It was cold too when we had to cross the pond – luckily there was a rope to hold on to because it was difficult to swim! Let’s put it this way – I GOT MUDDY!! The closest thing I did to this was the Confidence Course at Air Force Basic Training back in 1993. I am pleased to say that I was able to do all of the obstacles without difficulty. The only one I slipped on was the log crossing (about halfway down). Some of the obstacles had the option to bypass, but I did them ALL. An hour and a half later…I FINISHED!!!
As you can see, I was covered in MUD. My clothes felt 5 pounds heavier and I felt like I was walking in concrete blocks. It almost looks like I got a spray on tan! This was one race where I didn’t care what my time was. I was out to have a good time and support a great cause. After I was done, I showered (it was very cold) and changed clothes. It was funny because it took me 5 minutes to get my shirt off! My running gear including my shoes were HISTORY! They were not kidding when they said it wouldn’t be going home with us!
My friends and I had a absolute blast at the Macon Mud Run. After the run, we were talking about getting together next year and form a
Run Mud for God team. And this time – we are doing the 7K!
Here are some more pictures from the event:
I hope to upload some more pictures (from the course) in the near future once they are posted. Thanks for reading about my special event and take care!