Post-Warrior Dash AZ

The Warrior Dash was AWESOME!

Let’s just start with the obvious. After so many weeks of training the day finally arrived. And as my previous post indicated, I had some mixed feelings that morning.

After the hour-long commute I met up with the gang and together we fed on each other’s anxieties. But then to kill time we took group photos. Cheesy, ninja-themed group photos. Ninja-themed because we were code/dev ninjas. I was an honorary member.

Karate kid style.

I did not know what to expect.

Woot.

Then the flames at the starting line shot in to the air and hundreds of runners were off. My initial thought was that the running sucked, as I predicted it would. However, with my team alongside me and a nice breeze pushing us we enjoyed a good stride. Until we hit the first obstacle.

However, contrary to the map’s depiction, the first trail was not the tunnels of terror. Instead it was a short person’s nightmare. Walls about chest high if you happen to be 5 foot 1 and 1/2. (Yes, the half inch does make a difference.) As I jumped over one wall — swinging both legs over to one side — a much taller teammate nearly swiped my supporting hand with his foot. There were four alternating walls. They alternated with walls of barbed wire.

After that there were deep hills to climb and descend in to. I was certain that I would end up with a mouthful of dirt. After this, the second obstacle, the wind blowing sand in to our eyes it was starting to dawn on me that maybe this wasn’t such a great idea. Just maybe.

That is until we reached the tires and cars. I can do this, I thought and did high knees through them tires and junked up cars. I found my second wind. Then came the “river run” which was really just a small canal of mud water. It was wonderful.

Thankfully, we alternated between taking the footage with the flip-cam of all the obstacles. Unfortunately, I don’t have the flip-cam with me now. [Footage to come soon.]

Before long the finish line was blazing before us. And after that, more glorious mud.

Mud. Is. Awesome.

What a wonderful way to spend a Sunday. Now for the next race.

To see more of the images, click here: LittlestMartha Does Warrior Dash.

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4 thoughts on “Post-Warrior Dash AZ

  1. I had fun, but I was expecting more mud. The fire was a nice touch … I didn’t know what to expect since I didn’t read the course map. I had vague ideas about barbed wire and ropes, and that was about it.

    Next year, I’ll have to think of something fun to wear.

  2. I really don’t have any ideas just yet, but I’ve been able to eliminate some based on what’s already there: Greco/Romans, Vikings, superheroes and CeltaBritannicScots.

    Egyptian would be cool … if I wasn’t a 6’2, white, long-haired dude.

    Oddly enough, I saw no pirates or monkeys, and your gang were the first ninjas.

    Oooooo, I might have an idea: People at work say I remind them of Casey from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    • You could totally own the Egyptian look. But Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would be cool too. Or something totally off the wall! Either way, you’ll come up with something great.

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