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 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. 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!!
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.