This past weekend I participated in my very first obstacle course style race. I never had really wanted to because I felt like the obstacles would get in the way of running- which is what I like to do. But, after falling in love with strength training and some classes at the gym I decided that a race with some obstacles may actually be a lot of fun.
My BFFL, Meg, approached me about it. She and a few of her friends were trying to get a team together for the Renegade Playground. Running in a team was also something I had never done and had often made fun of on the surface but secretly wanted to do. Basically I would run by myself crying wishing I was running with a team of girls and guys in matching spandex and tutus…
Surprisingly, I was not nervous at the starting line. The race started off on a slight incline that KC immediately noticed and complained about. That kid loooooves a flat surface for running. The first few obstacles were kind of funny, dodging dodgeballs and avoiding some holes that I am choosing to believe were part of the course and not an oversight/ an easy place to sprain your ankle.
As the course went on the obstacles became more challenging. Hopping over fences that were 4.5 ft tall, jumping over/ running through mud pits that were a few inches deep, balancing across a log over a mud pit… mud was a common theme. Everyone hated the bleacher run which was at about the halfway mark or a little further. Everyone was guided to run up and down bleacher stairs 3 times. I run stairs on the regular so this was fine with me. I hated trying to balance across the log. I would scoot across while people behind me would sigh loudly and roll their eyes (I could not see the eye roll, but I could feel it.)
Towards the finish there was a mud pit you had to crawl through, which was surprisingly refreshing in the heat. The very last obstacle was climbing up and over a netted structure that was probably 15-20ft tall. I had been anxious about this the whole time and it turned out to be not too hard and a lot of fun!
My Takeaway From the Renegade
1. Wear old shoes. I did and threw them away after the race.
2. Mud is really heavy. Once your feet are covered in mud getting over those fences will be harder.
3. Mud is slippery. Tread carefully on logs and bleachers even if it makes people behind you mad.
4. Being part of team is fun! Seeing your teammates throughout the course, slapping 5, cheering as they cross the finish line- all amazingly fun!
5. Races that serve beer are awesome. Races that serve beer at 11AM are amazing. Races that serve delicious craft beer at 11AM are the reason I am alive.