“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Warrior


Warrior Dash race recap

Me and my fellow warrior princesses 
On May 14th a group of us made the 5 hour drive to Mountain City, Georgia for the Warrior Dash.  There is no amount of training that could have prepared me for this race.  It was a 3.02 mile course with 13 obstacles ranging from a 15 foot wall to crossing a 100yard lake.  It was insanely fun!!
We camped out the night before at a local campground and headed out Saturday morning about 7am for the Dash.  We met up with a few people from our town (including my boys school principle...pretty cool).
Pre-Dash
The helmets are included in the registration! 
We arrived at around 7:30am and the live band was already playing! They played the best 80's music ALL day long! 
We lined up at the starting line around 8:15am for our 8:30am start.  There were waves of 500 people every 30 minutes from 8am-6pm! People were dressed in the craziest costumes!
Who doesn't love the Great American Hero!??!
The first part of the course was about a 3/4mile run and I had that no problem. Then we came to a lake- that we were told was a "creek" and not over our heads...I had to swim more than half of it because I couldn't touch and I'm 5'8".  None of the obstacles were so difficult that I couldn't complete them though I saw a lot of people skipping them.  Why pay the money to do an obstacle course and not do the obstacles?

Of course like always, I went in to this race telling myself I was just doing it for fun....that changed about 1/4 mile into it when I started passing people.  I argued with myself the whole time! It went something like this: "Slow down and enjoy it....pass that guy....no! slow down and enjoy it....you'll enjoy it more if you pass that lady...."
So I did slow down several times... and then I would sprint through an obstacle.  At one point there were people waiting in line for there turn at an obstacle....absurd! this was a race! I didn't wait in line, there was nothing in the waiver about patiently waiting your turn at obstacles. I heard a guy yell at me as I passed him "wait your turn!"...I bit my tongue....

I finished the race in 28:06....25th in my AG out of 727.  Not too bad.. The competitor in my was a little disappointed because I could have gone faster had I not wasted so much time debating whether or not to race for fun or for time.  Now I know.
  I registered for Warrior Dash Tennessee this September. I'll be ready this time!;)
Post race was just as much fun.  If you like to people watch, this is the place for you!!  Plus they had amazing food! Turkey legs, Philly cheese steak, roasted corn...so good.
finished!!
like a "SuperStar"!


the guys weren't feelin' it like we were. LOL!

If you get the chance, do a Warrior Dash! You will have a blast!

Hope your week is going well!
I had a fantastic Memorial Day.  I started it out with a PR of 55:08 at the Cotton Row 10k, a race that honors our fallen heroes.  They started the race playing military taps and singing America, the Beautiful...it was so touching.  I am so thankful that we live in such a blessed nation. I am thankful for all of you who have served or are serving!  This is still "One nation under God".
God Bless!!
Grace and peace,

8 comments:

Jill @ Run for the Hills said...

I'll be at the TN Warrior Dash too. It looks like so much fun! What wave are you in?

Emz said...

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
freaking
awesome.

The outfits . . .completely rock.

H Love said...

love it!! my hubby and I have signed up to do one in JULY!! After seeing your pics....I can hardly wait! Any other tips? love your pics.....how do you make them so cute?? app?

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

I am still wanting to do one of these races with my Hubbs. I would love to just "do it for fun' and share the event.

Glad to see you enjoy your experience. I love all the photos!

April said...

@HLove~ Good luck at your dash in July! The only tip I have is to be prepared to get a little banged up. I had a rock embedded in my knee when I finished and bruises all over.. the photo app is a free app on my droid. It's called Retro Camera. I love it!
@Jill~I'm in the 1:00pm wave in TN. What wave are you in?

ajh said...

This looks crazy!

Jessica said...

Looks like you had a blast :)

Julie D. said...

So fun! I did the ORegon one last year and I'm signed up again for September!! Can't wait. You guys look awesome!

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