Update. NOW it’s gonna rain…ratsafratsa…And the Final Warrior Dash post until next years event (or at least sign-up)

July 28, 2009 at 6:49 pm (Day to Day, Exercise, Pictures, Warrior Dash) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It’s like thunder, lightning…the way you love me is frightening…that’s from a song, but the storm is moving in. It’s like the weather was waiting for me to finish running today. “OK, Thunderheads, she’s done. She finally got her lazy butt up and around, send in the clouds and let her rip!” Bastard Atmospheric Conditions!

Anymuddyway…These are the final pictures from that damn little mud camera with the amazing ability to take blurry pictures of hot firefighters but somehow focus in with razor sharp acuity on my ginormous ass going over a wall. (If you wanna see the butt pictures–you gonna have to search the website–I put them in a separate post–Ha!)

Here they are. Thanks A & J!

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Our kingdom for a wish…

Before the race. Strolling the course. Posing so bravely.

Before the race. Strolling the course. Posing so bravely.

Ooooh fire! Hurry!

Ooooh! Fire! Hurry!

Scary! And actually it was a little bit...it was hot, high, and 7 in the morning. We have to jump over that???

Scary! And actually it was a little bit...it was hot, high, and 7 in the morning. We have to jump over that???

The mud. Looks nice with no one in it. Kind of like a spa!

The mud. Looks nice with no one in it. Kind of like a spa!

The start.

The start.

People running with us. I'm kind of hungry...

People running with us. I'm kind of hungry...

Imagine that running on the flat ground is the easiest thing you do all day!

Imagine that running on the flat ground is the easiest thing you do all day!

The hills! Killer! Seemed easy until about the twentieth one!

The hills! Killer! Seemed easy until about the twentieth one!

The junkyard cars.

The junkyard cars.

Cheesecake!

Cheesecake!

My favorite part! In the forest! The steep terrain and jagged rocks! I really did like this part!

My favorite part! In the forest! The steep terrain and jagged rocks! I really did like this obstacle!

Walk the plank!

Climb over a spool. Walk the plank!

From the bottom...

From the bottom...

...and from the top!

...and from the top!

Look at that man! Just hops right over?? Where are the girls?? You gotta go look...'cause they are not in this section!

Look at that man! Just hops right over! Where are the girls?? You gotta go look...'cause they are not in this section!

In the tubes...a mere competitor...

In the tubes...a mere competitor...

...Out the other side...a WARRIOR!

...Out the other side...a WARRIOR!

Swampy. Our first taste of mud and what's to come!

Swampy. Our first taste of mud and what's to come!

The mud pit. Down and dirty and in it! We are there.

The mud pit. Down and dirty and in it! We are there.

We are so over it!

We are so over it!

Firefighters. Big Hoses. Water. Yes, please.

Firefighters. Big Hoses. Water. Yes, please.

See you all next year!!

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Every excuse in the book…

July 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm (Day to Day, Exercise, Pictures, Warrior Dash) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

For why it took me a dismal 47 minutes to run around 3.7 miles.

1. The air temperature was 87 degrees at 3 pm.

2. There was no wind.

3. And no shade.

4. The sun was blazing down like hellfire.

5. I had a rock in my shoe.

6. And a cramp in my leg.

7. And a weird pain in my ankle going down to the bottom of my foot.

8. I have my period.

9. I have my period.

10. I just ran 5 miles yesterday.

11. The direction I ran has more of an uphill slope almost the entire way.

12. I still have a scorching sunburn on my chest from the weekend. (Sport bra was rubbing and causing blisters)

13. My earphones kept falling out.

14. Or pulling too tight at the neck. (Tucked in my shirt collar and thru the sleeve to my arm band)

15. Wispy hairs kept sticking to my face.

16. Sweat was dripping in my eyes.

I could probably keep going but it won’t change the fact that today’s run was made on sheer willpower alone. Seriously.

I had zero desire and zero strength to get around. At the one mile to-go mark (going backwards from the norm), I wanted to stop. And I don’t mean just stop running. I wanted to completely stop and lay down on the track. I was actually arguing with myself about NOT stopping. Telling myself, I could not just stop right there and I really couldn’t sit down much less LAY down on the trail. Besides the car was still a mile away, and how did I think I was going to get there?? I’m like, just go. Just keep going. Breathe in, count steps, count breaths, whatever…here comes a tree, here comes another tree, ¾, ½, ¼, here’s that garbage can, here’s that pink kid croc shoe that somebody must have lost yesterday, I can see the car, keep going, don’t throw up, here’s the port-a-potty, the parking lot, the car, you made it!

And now I am home again. Almost forgetting…that’s how it gets you! Exercise is only hard at the time. Otherwise it feels pretty good.

And since I’m feeling successful and numb, here’s those pics I mentioned earlier. See how I buried them way in here! You gotta be a fan to get the good stuff! Thanks Jay for taking such a flattering picture! And thanks Amanda for that concerned face while helping me over, making it look like I weigh 300 pounds! I love you guys! Ann Or Ex E Uh! Next year! (I posted them full-size for that extra added chuckle)

I'm much more flexible, and not THAT heavy, but I still couldn't have made it over myself. Next year. Little jog, little skip, up and over! Take that, horrible waterproof disposable low speed film camera.

I'm much more flexible, and not THAT heavy, but I still couldn't have made it over myself. Next year. Little jog, little skip, up and over! Take that, horrible waterproof disposable low speed film camera (with unfair sharpness and clarity).

In my defense, my butt is not really THAT huge. It LOOKS huge, that is true. But it's the angle. The shorts. The other shorts. I am MUCH better looking in real life. I swear!

In my defense, my butt is not really THAT huge. It LOOKS huge, that is true. But it's the angle. The shorts. The other shorts. I am MUCH better looking in real life. And thinner. I swear!

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