A Pretty Muddy Mommy

Yes, I did it again.

It was a super fun day. Lots of girls having fun, laughing, cheering each other on, helping each other out (and over) and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

The day began bright and early! Denise from RunDMT and I were scheduled to run in the first wave of the day...8am! And they wanted us there at least an hour early! Brrrr....it was really cold out in Dade City at 7am!

We checked in and soon we were ready to go!

 Denise is a runner; a marathon runner, so I told her right off the bat to not wait for me, and I'd catch up with her at the finish line.

Mile 1 took us though a super-fun bubble tunnel, followed by an icy cold shin deep water pit. And then the running started. Lots of running. It seemed to take forever until I came to the next obstacle. But it was worth the wait and the running. It was the first mud pit! In I went, and out I went. Covered in mud from the waist down. But the top part of me was still clean so I took this opportunity to take some of the mud and wipe it on my face. Remember the lady from the commercial who made the Rice Krispy treats and to make it look like she worked so hard in the kitchen she wiped flour on her face? Ya, that was me. Except it was with mud.

And then the running started again. Up ahead I saw the first hydration station and a sign that said "wood you?" I remembered this obstacle from the sneak peek. You had to take a 2X4, pick it up and carry it (running or walking, I ran) around a loop-de-loop. I noticed off in the distance a giant inflatable slide, so this made me run with the wood even faster. I remembered how fun the slide was at the Mud Crusade and I wanted that experience again! I climbed to the top of the slide, positioned myself just perfectly, gave myself a little push and down I went, about 10 feet and then I just stopped Cry There wasn't enough water on the slide. I made myself sort of bounce down the slide and into the next mud pit. I climbed through, emerged and I was still clean from the waist up. Undecided Now I was on a mission to get REALLY DIRTY!! Next up was a set of muddy tunnels. These were big enough that I could have walked through them on my knees, but no way! I went down on my belly, rolled around a little bit, and climbed out PRETTY MUDDY!! Now I was dirty! YES!! 

I was also on to Mile 2!! Mile 2 brought some walls, some up and downs, a fun beach ball pit, and a hydration station!  I rounded the corner and I heard the announcement that the first woman had crossed the finish line! I realized that I wasn't too far behind so I tried to pick up my pace a little bit and before I knew it, I was coming up on Mile 3 and the FINISH line!!

(this was taken in the morning pre-race)

As I approached the final obstacle the crowd went wild and started screaming YOU CAN DO IT, and then I heard Denise yelling "GO Jenny" so go I did!! I climbed in that mud pit used my elbows to pull myself through the obstacle and climbed out PRETTY MUDDY!! Cool

Having done a few of these mud runs, I can tell you first hand that Pretty Muddy is certainly different from the others I have done. First, they actually had a shower area that worked and worked WELL!! AND this is a big one....they had CHANGING AREAS!! Having a private area to change was so nice. But what was really the best was that there was NO WAITING AT THE OBSTACLES!! They limit each start time to 100 participants and stagger in 15 minute increments, so we were really spread out. Most of the time I was by myself or with one or two other woman. It was really nice. But what was really nice was THE MUD. it was clean mud if you know what I mean. No sticks, stones, etc., like the mud in my other runs. This mud was S.M.O.O.T.H. And running through the quiet back country of the Little Everglades Ranch was very peaceful.

We cleaned up, walked back to my truck and dropped off our stuff and then went back to the party!

I haven't had a beer at 10am since college!! And I was surprised how good it was!

Pretty Muddy was a well-organized, super fun event and I can't wait to do it again next year. 

Image below custom made by Haley.


Mud and Cheesecake

I haven't had a MNO in forever. Literally. Forever. Tonight that all changed! I was invited to take a sneak peek of the Pretty Muddy race course in Dade City, FL along with 5 other Tampa bloggers, all women, and I had 1/2 a slice of Pumpkin Cheesecake. I am living life on the wild side.

I met up with Denise of RunDMT and we drove out together. Turns out she lives only a few miles from me, and we have lots of other things in common too. She's a pretty cool chick. And tomorrow she will do her first mud run ;) I promised her that she will LOVE it.

I am a huge fan of the "keep calm" manta, so this was only fitting.


Having a few mud runs under my belt, I can tell you that THIS mud run really looks like a RUN! The course is much wider, and the obstacles appear to have more distance between them. But I can run, so it's really not a problem. I just really like obstacles. And mud. Makes me feel like a kid.

This is the finish pit.

No diving into the mud pit. Someone better hold me back Tongue Out


At dinner I split a piece of HOMEMADE pumpkin cheesecake. It was GOOD. I have food rules when it comes to desserts. I won't eat anything dessert-y if I can go up to my local Publix/Target and buy it. It needs to be homemade and it needs to be unique. This dessert fit the bill perfectly. I did not have the whipped cream because it did not fit into my food rules Sealed And thinking back, my last dessert was Key Lime Pie homemade by the historic Rod and Gun Club in Everglades City in JULY. So over 4 months ago. Talk about moderation. Wink

I did not carb load. It's only a 5k LOL.



Living a Pure Life....

Living a pure life can mean different things to different people and even to the same person it can mean different things at different times. In my current mindset, living a pure life means that I am authentic. What you see is what you get. I am honest, I wear my heart on my sleeve. I'm not afraid to cry, to show weakness, to ask for help. But I am also strong; physically, mentally, emotionally. I'm not afraid to take make changes, take risks, and live a life worth living. It also means that I eat pure foods. Foods that help energize and nourish my body. I rarely eat processed anything. And when I do, I pay for it by not feeling pure. I feel dirty, contaminated, not the real me.

I have had the opportunity to do some amazing things in my 41 years on this planet. I am farily well-traveled, and in 1995 I was able to spend some time in beautiful Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a breathtaking place (minus the potholes that are big enough to swallow a SUV.) The people are authentic. Genuine. They walk around with a smile on their face. And that smile is contagious. I often think about the time I spent in Costa Rica and recently I've been thinking more and more about that special period in my life. Why? Well, you know I'm going to tell you, right? A short time ago a friend of mine (hi LuAnne!) told me that an indoor cycling studio was going to open in Wesley Chapel. I filed that information away in my brain, not really thinking too much about it and then another friend (hi Julie!!) and I were chatting one evening while our kids were in gymnastics and she reminded me about the studio. We sat together loooking through their Facebook page on my iPad and I went on the "About Us" tab. And this is when it all clicked for me.

The name of the studio is Pura Cycling Studio and they incorporate the Costa Rican mantra of Pura Vida into their cycling/business philosophy. The studio opened a few weeks ago, but due to my previous schedule I was never able to get in there and try out a class. But now that my life has charted a new course, I was finally able to make it in today. And I am so glad I went. The studio is beautiful. I am used to cyling in a room that is refered to as "the pit" or "the cave." Today I cycled in a room that would never be called those names. I am used to cycling on bikes that are old, rusty in many areas, and frankly have seen much better days. Today I cycled on a brand new bike. I am used to cycling in a dark room never really knowing what I look like when I am on a bike. Today I cycled in a room with beautiful lighting (not bright by any means, it was actually the perfect amount of light), but here is the kicker...THERE ARE MIRRORS!! I could actually see what I looked like on the bike. And anyone who works out knows how important it is to be able to see yourself. Not for vanity, but for form and technique. You can really hurt yourself if you are not exercising with proper technique. And I must say....my form ROCKS (now I am being vain Wink)

Here is my honest review.


The studio is beautiful. The bikes are smooth. It smells good. The stereo system and mic actually work.  It is an encouraging, motivating environment. I know many of the instructors and they are top-notch. I loved being able to watch myself and work on my technique.


Cost. It's $70 (and that's their grand opening price, it is going to go up) for a month of unlimited cycle. But the owner did tell me that they are working on a Groupon, so I'll be sure to post that when it becomes available.  But they have several packages available, so maybe there is one that would better fit your budget. I know for me, I love to cycle. Love it. And would do it every single day.  But at $70 per month, it's just not in my budget when I have other gym memberships that I am paying on. So I'll likely wait for the Groupon and participate for how ever long the Groupon is good for.

Showers. There are none. This isn't an issue for me, but it might be for someone else. But they do have a nice bathroom Wink

Childcare. There isn't any. Again, this isn't an issue for me. Though I have heard that they might be working out a deal with Monkey Bizness at Wiregrass Mall to provide OFF-site care while you cycle.

Schedule: I would want a mid-morning class every day. Though I expect as membership grows this will happen.

Overall, the only thing holding me back from joining is the cost factor.

But enough of my rambling, let the pictures speak for themselves.



The cycle room is just beautiful. Wood floors (I forgot to ask what type of wood but I'm guessing bamboo??) And notice the mirrors? So nice.

Here we are post-ride. Stephanie, the owner, is the one in the jeans. She didn't cycle today. And next to Stephanie is my friend, LuAnne. The other woman was there trying it out. We've cycled together for years at LFF/LAF. There were others there, but left before I got out my camera. Lucky them. Wink

And the instructor for today's class, my friend Julie.

And the calorie burn. BOOYAH! 770 dude, 770.


And then I came home and made this wonderful lunch. Romain lettuce, steelhead trout, apples, cucs, tomatoes, avocado, green onions and feta. It's pure, it's delicious.

**I received no compensation for this review. All opinions are my own.**