Two days ago on the 30th of May, me and my friend participated in the Pretty Muddy 5K Race For Life!
Much to my amazement I finished it, without having to sit down, crawl or be carried during any part! 5K, is three miles! A long time ago before I had any children that wouldn’t have been much of a bother for me! I used to grab any sporting event by the horns and jump right on board! I used to do a lot of gymnastics, trampolining, horse riding, athletics.. literally whatever was going! I even ended up as Games Captain in my school, not too sure how! Though recently.. after having my second I have really let myself go and its disappointing.. So, after doing this run it has made me be kicked into gear! Time to start eating a bit more healthy and doing some exercise.. even if it is jumping about my living room like a monkey for an hour a night!
So, before we did the run, they got us all into a little group and made us do some warming up! Which was a great idea.. because I would have forgot otherwise! It was like a Zumba style warm-up and it was great fun! Infact.. I think I am going to treat myself to a Zumba DVD or something, as it really was a good laugh while we were doing it, I could even get my little girl in on the action!
After that there was a few little talky bits.. then the run began! The first obstacle, blow up hurdles.. well sort of.. This was when I realized that I was infact.. short. After all these years convincing myself that I’m not actually that short, I am! Most people were just jumping over these things, or swinging there leg over and I, well I had to take a running leap of faith to hope that I could get my leg anywhere near them! I seriously thought I was going to end up on my face.. thankfully these ones had no mud involved! Though the next lot of these did, but after having getting used to them on the ones before they weren’t to bad.. even the added mud wasn’t too much of a distraction.. untill me and my friend got a bucket of ice cold water thrown over us.. horrid. The next obstacle then was where you had to crawl under a net, army style in the mud; Though I must admit I wasn’t to impressed with the lack of mud on this one… crazy I know! Then the next one was where you had to climb up over one side and down another .. sort of like something you see in a play park.. though no mud at all this time! ='[ After we had completed this.. we had already done 1K we were amazed at how quick that had went! We then carried on… and found no more obstacles! We sort of slowly jogged a good bit of this, hoping to find more obstacles but ended up in a forest.. so we stopped jogging, our legs were getting tired, but we pushed on.. and made sure we kept up a power walk rather than slowing down too much! The next obstacle was then like they do in the army again.. the tyre thing, where you have to just .. alternatively step I suppose is the best way to explain it I think? Yet again.. no mud!! & this was at 4K! Only 1 more left to go.. where was all the mud and obstacles! Then after our power walking & chatting we decided when we saw the 4K to jog again, so on the home straight.. that was really where the mud came into play, and the obstacles.. kinda! Two obstacles.. one where you had to crawl on your hands and knees with mud up to your tummy & a guy shoveling mud all over you and then the final one.. you climbed up a giant inflatable slide .. slid down the slide, into a giant puddle of mud… and a guy squirting you with a hose! Here was my attempt at going down the slide.. while avoiding the man with the hose..
This was me & my friend after we had just finished;
So all in all we had a fantastic time, doing this for an amazing cause and together we raised approx £200, so I am proud of us! =] It also only took us 40 minutes to complete the course.. now I Know to some of you that probably sounds like a really long time.. but to us, especially me it felt like a great achievement and really gave me the encouragement to start training, or even just doing Zumba in my living room every other night! The only thing I was a little disappointed in was the lack of obstacles and the lack of mud!
Though I shouldn’t really complain we had a blast.. and are now looking at doing The Colour Run in August for the NSPCC! For those of you who don’t know the NSPCC is a charity set up to fight against child abuse in Northern Ireland & The Channel Island.
I hope this has encouraged any of you have been thinking of doing something like this to give it a shot! If you think you can’t do it.. you can!! You just have to keep positive and moving! =]
To hopefully leave you with a smile on your face.. here is our selfie of us covered in mud & still smiling! =]