On Sunday, to be exact.
Yep, I ran Warrior Dash again.
I ran it in May of last year with Ian and some friends, but I tackled it solo this time around, and
it. Was. AWESOME!
I wasn’t planning on running it until a couple of weeks ago, but I’m so glad I did – I have to say, I definitely preferred this course to the one I did in Logan, Ohio. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but it may be partly because my fitness is WORLDS away from where it was in May 2011.
Back then, I had just finished my first half marathon. Since then, I’ve done 5 more half marathons, 2 full marathons, countless other 5 and 10ks, and an Alpha Challenge – oh, and I’ve fallen in love with weight lifting.
All of that made for a MUCH easier time over (and under) those obstacles, not to mention a quicker pace between them – I took a good 12 minutes off my last Warrior Dash time!
I tried to strategize a little to make the clean up more efficient, but here’s my advice:
You will get muddy. You won’t get it all off. Accept it and move on.
Oh, and one other piece of advice?
Don’t wear shorts.
I don’t care how hot it is – I have the worst case of chafage I’ve ever had, thanks to the dirt and small gravel that inevitably collects… ahem, ev-er-y-where.
Moving right along…
I got a chance to chat with the awesome folks at Reebok while I was there, who hooked me up with some new kicks…
… that I just took for a test run at (guess where…) Life Time.
These puppies are so LIGHT! I think I’m falling in love…
If you ever get the chance to do a Warrior Dash, don’t pass it up! While I’ll always be a running purist at heart, it’s a lot of fun to mix it up and get in a good workout without taking yourself too seriously!
Meanwhile, my favorite part of a Warrior Dash has commenced – watching the bruises take shape.
The mud may be gone, but the bruises are here to stay!
Disclaimer: I received a free entry into Warrior Dash and pair of Reebok RealFlex Fusion TR shoes through my role as a FitFluential Ambassador. As always, all opinions are my own.