Thursday, September 22, 2011

We are Warriors!

Seriously, you're never going to believe this. In fact, I was there, and I hardly even believe it, myself.

Last Saturday, Brad and I, along with some friends - Kris, Jeremy, Madison, and Josh, completed the Warrior Dash. Yep, you heard that right. I did the Warrior Dash. It's a 5k that includes 12 obstacles. Wait. Let me rephrase that: It's running. Forever. And having to complete boot camp training througout!

Obstacles included jumping over walls then rolling under barbed wire multiple times in a row; running through tires then climbing over old cars; crawling through a pitch dark tent; climbing rope nets; climbing over giant walls with only a rope to pull you up; crawling across suspended rope nets; jumping over burning logs; then finally swimming through mud underneath barbed wire to get to the finish line. Yeah. I did that!

This was the final result:

Here's Brad and Kris first thing in the morning. For some reason, Brad decided to run the entire race as a California Raisin. Random. I still haven't figured out how he saw to complete all of the tasks through those tiny eye holes.

The race had professional photographers throughout the course. You have to purchase their photos, which I am too cheap to do. However, since they literally covered each of them with a million watermarks, I don't feel too bad about "borrowing" them for the sake of this blog. Doesn't Bradley look totally B.A. jumping over that fire and crawling out of the mud?

This is proof that I actually crossed the finish line. I was basically dead by this point. I had visions of me running through with my arms held high to the cheers of the crowd, but when it came to it, I was huffin' and puffin', just glad to be alive.

Jeremy and Madison were a power couple, totally finishing the whole course like champs.

Kris actually showed us all up. From the start, he ran ahead and dominated the entire thing. And since he was willing to purchase (and doctor up) the photos, his pictures look friggin' awesome.

Here we all are after the "shower." aka, mass party under a firehose. Gotta love the viking helmets.

I agreed to run the Warrior Dash with Brad under two conditions: He stay with me the whole time and go at my pace for the entire course; and he promise to not laugh at me when I cried. He only fulfilled one of those promises, because I never ever cried! And I completed every single obstacle! Booya!

It was actually quite fun to do with him. We both really enjoyed it, and I love that I got to exprience something so extreme with my One And Only. Brad says he'll definitely do it again the next chance he gets. I say I'll definitely be waiting there at the finish line, cheering him on and taking muddy pictures of him and his equally crazy friends!

And after such an exhausting morning, sweet Layla's welcomed us home with a pretty banner expressing her support. Love her! ♥

You better believe I'm proud of that Warrior Dash viking-helmet-shaped medal I received at the finish line. Brad teased me for wearing it to our friends' house. And to the grocery store. And to church. But I totally earned that baby, and I'm going to wear it with pride! It's currently hanging from the rear view mirror of my car, constantly reminding me of what I'm capable of. Slow and steady. :)


Lindsey said...

I'm so impressed that you did it - and without crying! Seriously, who are you?!

I bet Brad talks you into doing it again next year :)

Erin Howell said...

haha. that is awesome! i had never heard of the warrior dash until this year and then I saw tons of people posting about it. Is it new or what? So proud of you! :)

steph said...

i literally laughed out loud at the california raisin thing. where does your husband come up with this stuff? he cracks me up! so proud of you and what fun it sounds like! wear that medal with pride.

Kimberly Washer said...

Wasn't it sooooo fun!!! I put stuff up on my blog too ( Our youth minister did it with us and says he is going to put it in the budget for next year. We are thinking New York or Florida!!! Can't wait!! Glad we got to see you there!

Davis said...

Nice job!!!! Check out Tough You'd like that too!

Rob said...

Wow Mindy! That's a huge accomplishment! So proud of you!

Pam said...

I'm so proud of you. That's so awesome!!!

Aunt Terri said...

Wow! WOW! Good for you!

Ruth said...

Go YOU!!!

Beth D. said...

This is great! Josh really enjoyed doing the Warrior Dash. He definitely wants to do it again.

Pam Hays said...

Dang! I missed you wearing your helmet to church?! I'm so proud of you. The pics are awesome!!

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