WOW let me fill your minds with a crazy race recap!
This was to date one of the most challenging races ( maybe the most) I’ve ever run! Half marathons will be a piece of cake after this puppy! There wasn’t a lick of flat road in this race. This point of the Warrior Run Mountain Series is to navigate the extreme 5K course of terrain, obstacles, mud & fire in a race to the after party! The worst obstacle of the race is the mere face I didn’t realize how steep a ski slope is, and the race is at a ski hill!
I ran this one with my best friend since age 5… Amanda, my brother-in-law and his fiance.
Here is Amanda and I before the race:
The race begins with a run literally up the side of the mountain. After what seems like a forever you arrived at the first obstacle a slip n’ slide down the hill. Mind you the slip n’ slide was created with the snow machine at the ski hill! It isn’t really a summer slip n slide but more a mixture of ice-cold water and ice! IT WAS FREEZING! Mother nature also added her own obstacle… the temperature hadn’t even reached 45 degrees yet when this race began! At least she gave us some sun!
After followed this: (note these are pictures I took of the heat after our’s)
Then THIS: I wish I could say this was the worst straight hill but in reality this was one of the shorter hills. This race was basically 1.5 miles straight up the ski hill! I won’t even lie to you by the third hill I may have crawled a little as my calves were so tight I couldn’t do anything to stretch them out. It only lasted a few paces but for 20 seconds of relief it was well worth the looks from other runners!
Obstacles I don’t have photos of included TONS OF MUD, a 4 foot deep water pit to wade through, a log cross, tires, and more and more MUD! We had a ton of fun and stayed together as a group! Sometimes when you are fairly certain you’re doing something ridiculous it’s nice to have people to share it with. We rubbed mud on our faces and pulled out our inner WARRIOR half way through the race!
Plus the mud helped dull the pungent smell of leeks that filled the air in the woods! We also may have strayed off the course at one point as a man on quad came over yelling you’re on the wrong trail follow the orange signs! Oops we were just playing follow the leader with the folks ahead of us! After our detour back to the real course we may have gotten in a few more than 3.1 miles!
Oh and let’s not forget this last obstacle an 8 foot rock wall to climb at the finish line:
Even as crazy challenging course as it was we all survived with smiles:
Some people running had great outfits:
(sorry these pics didn’t all turn out that well but you get the idea)
The after race food and drink were wonderful as well! Yuengling Beer sponsored the event so a few beers were in order. Plus it may look like it was warm out but I assure it was FREEZING. The beer was served near a huge bonfire so it served two purposes getting warm (from alcohol) and really getting warm(from the fire).
I had a pulled pork sandwich and coleslaw…yummmmm
A great day was had by all and I’m really sore today and looking forward to a nice long bath. If you are looking to seriously challenge your workout. Find one of these great runs near you! And I would train but finding your nearest mountain and racing someone up it
What is the most challenging run you’ve ever ran?