For some reason, I’ve entered an athletic phase of my life. I’m a bit freaked out by it, really. I started boot camp this past Spring and I ain’t lying to you when I say I hated it at first. But, I knew it was good for me, so I’ve kept on going. I hate it less, but it’s still not my favorite thing in the universe to get up at 4:30 in the morning and go and workout while outside.
Not long after I took up daily workouts, my husband told me about a mud run that took place back in August. It was actually happening on my birthday. My 45th birthday. I thought about doing it, but if I remember correctly, it was five grueling miles with pages and pages of disclaimers about the possibility of lost limbs and broken bones. It freaked my 44 year old self out and I passed.
My need, though, to do a race and a mud race, has lingered on. I was pretty stoked (yes, word borrowed from my kids and not something a 45 year old mom should really utter out loud – but I didn’t, friends, I typed it!) to see a poster advertising a mud run this month at a nearby YMCA. It’s three miles and I think surely less intimidating –if you tell me otherwise, I will cover my ears and hum so that I won’t hear you.
I signed up for the Mud-o-Ween run which is going to be held on October 27 at the Countryside YMCA in Lebanon. Not only did I sign up, but I asked my BFF and husband to join me and the agreed. When I asked, I was just doing it in the spirit of, “the worst they can say is ‘NO’” and shockingly, they said “YES”! We’re supposed to dress as super heroes when we run. I’m sure my friend is already thinking of what she wants to be. My husband wants to dress up as DJ Lance to run the race. Hmmm, sounds interesting and not really sure how this fits into the Super Hero classification, but I don’t want to go there. I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around running a mud course much less running a mud course wearing a costume. Any suggestions out there?
What I think is a neat thing about this particular mud run has to do with the fact that there is a Mini Mudder for kids 11 and under. When I told my kids they could run a mud course, they jumped up and down. When I told them they could run a mud course right along their best friends, they screamed with excitement. We’re making this a big huge fun thing for our family and our friends family. I, for one, can’t wait to get muddy? (what is wrong with me???)
Here’s the details:
|WHAT||Mud-O-Ween, Mini Mudder and After-Mud-Celebration|
|DATE||Saturday, October 27, 2012|
|TIME|| Registration starts 9:00am, Race begins at 10:00am
Start will be in waves.
|WHERE||COUNTRYSIDE YMCA | LEBANON, Outdoor Pool Pavilion|
|AGES||12+ (Children 11 and under can participate in the Mini Mudder)|
|DRESS||Your best Super Hero costume|
|PACKET PICK-UP||Friday, October 26, 2012, 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm|
|COST|| On or Before 9/30
$45 individual or $35 per person for team plus addition $10 if you would like a T-shirtAfter 9/30
$55 individual or $45 per person for team plus addition $10 if you would like a T-shirtMini Mudder
$1 per child for each run or $5 per child for unlimited runs
I called the Countryside YMCA about this Mini Mudder to get more information. You don’t have to register for the kid Mini Mudder before the event. The Mini Mudder will be for kids 11 and under only – parents can walk along the course next to their child, but they can’t go through it with them.
Who does this event benefit? Any proceeds from the event helps to fund the Caring for Families Fund. You can register online here.
Hope to see you there. I’ll be the one covered in mud!