Playing in the mud...not just for kids!!

I know I've mentioned it before, but since I've gotten fit I have tried a variety of fitness activities. By far, one of my favorites is the MUD RUN!! I have done two just this year, and am now thrilled to be added to the Pretty Muddy Blogging Team. Pretty Muddy will be in Tampa on November 10th!!

So what exactly are mud runs and why is Pretty Muddy any different?  Well, just as the name implies, a mud run is a run through the mud. With obstacles! So imagine scaling a 10ft wall while you are covered in mud. Or sliding down a mud slide into a giant mud puddle.

 Me and my friend Audrey at the Mud Crusade March 2012

Typically a mud run is a 5k (3.1 miles) (though there are quite a few Tough Mudder, Spartan Race that are longer.) There is jumping, running, sprinting, climbing, all generally through mud. Doesn't that sound like fun??

Pretty Muddy is different from the other mud runs I mentioned because Pretty Muddy is for WOMEN ONLY and the obstacles are more architectural in nature rather than bales of hay (girls have style!!) Pretty Muddy is also a non-competitive race. It is not timed. That takes off a huge amount of pressure to "perform." 

So imagine grabbing a handful (or more!!) of your girlfriends, getting dressed up (or not!) in silly, sexy, sporty get-ups and playing in the mud. Trust me, it will be one of the best days of your life!

And at the finish line there is beer. And music. And showers. 


As an official blogger for Pretty Muddy, I will be hosted to a Sneak Peek of the course THIS Friday night, taken out to dinner, and then I'll participate in the race on Saturday, camera in hand.

See you all in the mud!

What a great day

I just found out that November is Blogging Month! How lucky for you all that I decided to start my blog this month Cool 

Today has been an amazing first day as a stay-at-home-mama. I got up at my normal time. 6am. My son (who has special needs and doesn't sleep that well past 5am, he's having a sleep study soon, that's a post for another time) was already up bee-bopping around the house. At least he woke up in a good mood. I made my first cup of coffee as a SAHM. It was the best cup of coffee I had ever had Tongue Out

 Then, as promised I made my husband breakfast and lunch.

Breakfast: Mango, Pineapple, Strawberries, with Fage Fat Free Greek Yogurt and topped with ground flax.

 Lunch: Steamed Broccoli, brown rice with baby carrots, celery and fresh tomatoes, and salmon.  I swear, I didn't take a bite out of the salmon Wink

 So he left for work by 7:15am. That left me with the children for OVER an hour! Oh my...I was so used to dropping them off at "before care" and heading into my library. They rode their bikes up and down our street, played with their DS's and fought with each other. It was lovely. There will be no more "before care" but they will continue with "after care." My amazing husband wants me to stay sane so I'll pick them up around 4:30pm and we'll start our evening activites; gymnastics, homework, driving mama crazy. You know the drill. Thankfully though, I was able to get my workout in so I won't have to stress about fitting that in! Whew.   

Speaking of my workout. Today I cycled outside. It was glorious. Simply glorious. This is my favorite trail in the area. I only wish it was longer. It's about 14 miles round trip when I add in the extra side loops. I love this trail because it is EMPTY! I rarely see anyone else out here, and the wildlife is usually fantastic. I am also a fan of the Suncoast Trail, but it tends to be busy and I hate the noise of the traffic from the interstate. I also like the Starkey Trail, but Cypress Creek is nearly in my backyard, so why waste gas?

I had intended to do 2 laps, but my right ankle started bothering me, so instead I did a power climb in the saddle. 

 I am looking pasty. I need to spend more time outside to get my Florida color back. Good thing I'll be able to do that now. 

 Look, there is NO ONE out here!

There were a bunch of beautiful herons and egrets in this wetland and of course as soon as I stopped for a picture, they flew away. Dang skittish birds.

 Overall, I did about 14ish miles in about 50 minutes. That includes stopping for water at the end, stopping to take pictures, and once I had to stop to adjust my Ipod. I need to remove some of those Brittany Spears songs.

I know my Polar HRM says 57 minutes, but that is after I've loaded my bike in my truck, lolly-gagged around with my camera, etc.. 

It was a good ride. I worked on keeping my HRM in "the zone" never going above 80% and I did it. I didn't burn as many calories as I would have doing indoor cycling, but I am really working on endurance since I have my BIG RACE in just 10 days!! Big. Huge. 100 miles. With an amazing organization: Project Athena.

And then I came home and rearranged the kids TV room, swept the house AND...wait for it. MOPPED THE FLOOR. It's so nice to have clean floors that will remain clean for at least 5 hours. Then the kids will come home, and it will all go downhill from there.

There will likely be another blog post by me later today. I have a few things in the works that I can't wait to share. 

The beginning.....

For those of you who don't know me, you just happened to stumble across my blog, my name is Jenny Hodges. I used to be fat. Really fat. Now I'm not.



I lost 212 pounds by following the amazing Weight Watchers plan and exercise, mainly Les Mills group fitness classes and Spinning. Although I do enjoy a variety of fitness related activities now. Like the Warrior Dash, Pretty Muddy, Mud Crusade. Are you sensing a pattern here? I also like to run in road races. 5K's, 10K's, 15K's, 1/2 marathons, and I've recently started dabbling in triathlons.

 Jenny and the trio at the Venice Triathlon September 2012


Jenny at the Women's 1/2 Marathon November 2011

And there is so much more that I've done and want to do, but I can't tell you everything in one post!


Monday is my first real day as a stay-at-home-wife/mother. Sure I was one back when my kids were babies (well, they were 3, 4, and 5 when I went back to work), but here is the thing. THEY WERE HOME WITH ME. Now, they are all away at school and I’ll be home alone. Oh what will I ever do with my time? For some reason I don’t think I’ll have any issues finding things to do. For one, I plan on taking some fabulous Les Mills classes at my new gym Strive Athletic Club. I’ll also begrudgingly happily clean through my closets and dressers removing clothing that is too big, towels that are too old, and shoes that I hope to never need again. I’ll also spend some time creating, tweaking, and improvising in the kitchen. I’ll be posting those recipes and I know you are all sitting on the edge of your seat (or not) for those ;)  But most importantly, I plan to be there for my kids and my husband. Being able to drop whatever I’m working on to go and watch a Veteran’s Day performance. Or pick up a kid that just wants to come home isn’t feeling up to par. To make my husband breakfast in the morning and have a clean house and clean kids when he comes home at night. I want to relieve some of his stress. Make our home his castle. Does this sound a little like Leave it to Beaver? Probably. Does it matter? Not to anyone but me J

Oh, and I’ll certainly be going to see Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2.