The Tough Mudder Mid-Atlantic was held in West Virginia this year. We decided to board the Sasha Bear at the breeder to make sure that she had lots of loving and so we could go over to WV Friday night and wake up at a semi normal time on Saturday for the run.
I ran this mudder with Brennan and 3 of his co-workers. We all met in WV after work and after a small debacle with getting a hotel room we decided to head to Applebees for a pre-race dinner. I have not been to Applebees in years!!I ordered the Oriental Chicken Salad with grilled chicken and it was delicious. I used to go to Applebees a few times a year and would always order either that salad or the quesadilla burger, I decided to try to go with the slightly healthier version of the two this time around in fear of pissing off my stomach and being uncomfortable in the race the next day.
We all went to bed around 10pm and before we knew it the 5am alarm went off. It was about 45 degrees out and we all quickly began regretting our decision to run this race. By 6am we were at the designated parking, catching the bus to the event, and arrived at 6:45 for registration that did not open until 7am. The directors started calling us to the start and thankfully they kept the pep talk short because it was FREEZING out and we were all miserable with out our warm layers. At 7:55am we were off. My memory for the order of obstacles is horrendous so I will spare you my attempt. All in all it was a good a run, we all thought we would lose some finger and toes and some points but in the long run we made it through. One of the guys has a bad knee and it flared up for him early on so we were doing a bit of running and waiting, which slowed our time down a bit. By mile 9 he finally gave in to his knee and walked to the finish line to meet us. We all ran through the final obstacle (electric shock, bah) together and finished in just under 3 hours. That is a 30 minute improvement from the first one I ran!! If you remember my shoes ATE my feet alive in that one and I could feel my feet getting sore in the same spots as that time so I stopped at a medical tent and got some gauze taped to my arches and it was perfect! I was also in the first 10 females to cross the finish line! BADASSSSS.I escaped this run with out too many cuts but I am definitely more bruised than any of the other runs. I can tell that I am a bit older than the first one because my knees are just achy and everything hurts. What the hell mid 20s this shit is not cool.
On Sunday morning I was up at 6am (what is it with this weekend?!?!) to head to Burke lake with Pam, my new trail running BFF, for a Boston Memorial run. The run was hosted by Potomac River Runners (local shoe store / training group / awesome) and was held at Burke Lake. I was a terrible blogger and took one picture… I hear that PR has a great tumblr page that they post pictures to so I will work on hunting some down.The loop around Burke lake was beautiful!! It was a trail run but it was still comfortably flat, no insane vertical inclines like some of my other trail runs. Pam and I ran for 5 miles and then walked a 2.15. I am so happy that I did this run. For starters PR started to advertise it on Tuesday and there were at least a few hundred people who showed up. The race was free but they were collecting donations in exchange for shirts for the Boston One fund. Every one was decked out in blue and yellow and we recieved little blue and yellow ribbons too! I wore my Boston bib again and was happy as a clam. One we finished I was quite happy with myself, the mudder was 11.2 miles so that plus the 7.15 at Burke lake, my weekend total was 18.25 miles!! Holy shnitzel that is A LOT of miles.