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Race Review: Warrior Dash

First off, I’d like to welcome the person that found my site through the search query, “what do you look like when your 6 weeks pregnant.” I’m happy to have you here! Although, I hope you did not find what you were looking for.

Now onto the race.

If you didn’t see my first post on the Warrior Dash, go ahead and click HERE.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, the Warrior Dash is a 3 mile race with 12 obstacles throughout that are similar to a boot camp. Their slogan is Mud, Sweat, and Beers. So, it’s a fun, challenging race that even has a costume contest (the group dressed up as Street Fighter won) and best beard contest for participants.

A couple things to know if you ever do this race:

  • Unless you’re going through one of the obstacles, the terrain is either dirt or grass – or both. So, you need to watch where you’re going. I had a near face plant.
  • You don’t want to hold anything during this race because it will get dirty or destroyed. They have a Gear Check area but we just kept everything in the car.
  • And for the love of sweet baby Jesus, bring a change of clothes.

Now for the fun stuff.

We got into the 3:30 wave and waited about 15 minutes to start.

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Once we were off, we ran about a quarter mile until we started hitting obstacles.

Meow. Check out the costumes to the right.

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THE OBSTACLES

  • Trudging through muddy water.

Pebbles and Bam Bam to the right finished about the same time we did.

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  • Running through knee-high muddy water.

Best to keep your mouth shut here. Trust me.

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  • Running over hail bails.

The faster you run, the less you have a chance of sinking.

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  • Rolling under barbed wire.

Hubs said it wasn’t “real” barbed wire before the race started, so I made sure I got a picture of this:

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After rolling (or ducking in this chicks case) under barb wire, we had to jump wooden walls. Duck and jump! This was tiring.

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There was a lot of running through mud.

Double knot those shoes, cuz you’ll lose them.

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  • Balance beam walk.

Much harder when your shoes are caked with mud.

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  • Climbing up and then down the backside of a rope wall.

That is higher than you’d expect so I was a total wimp and went super slow on the way down.

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  • Jumping over logs.

Probably the easiest obstacle. I really thought the water would be higher too.

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  • Mud crawl.

Can you see the canopy? That’s all deep mud in there. We had to crawl through that, and it was DARK and they had low beams you really had to watch out for.

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  • “Tightrope” climb.

That’s hub’s butt.  *cat call!*

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  • Running through one of the last obstacles, which was the “typhoon.”  Basically a muddy lake with a big fan blowing.

Not very typhoony if you ask me.

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  • At the end, we jumped over fire. That picture must not have come out because I didn’t get it back with the rest of my developed pictures.
  • There was also an elbow crawl under barbed wire in muddy water. My whole body, including the camera, were underwater there so I couldn’t’ get a picture. But I think race photos got both the fire jump and the elbow crawl.

So stay tuned for those gems when they are posted.

After the elbow crawl, you sprint to the finish. I’m pretty sure I high-fived about six spectators on the way to the finish line. LOTS of fan support from people who already finished the race which was SO awesome.

Here I am after the race and before the “Warrior Wash” behind me. Don’t get that water in your mouth whatever you do.

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We headed to the car to get out of our wet clothes.

Those socks were white.

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Still filthy but in dry clothes. Ahhhh…felt so nice. I never knew ears could get that dirty.

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The race was SO fun and different. It’s worth the wicked-awesome warrior hat alone. I would definitely do it again and the hubs is already deciding how he wants to dress up next year.

We headed back into the dash site to claim our well-earned free beer.

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We hung around for awhile and tried to get our finish times but our names weren’t listed. Oh well. Hopefully that’s not because we totally party crashed the 3:30 wave.

We headed back home after and exhausting but FUN day.

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Updated: Click HERE to see pics of the last 2 obstacles.

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Race Review: Women’s Magazine Half Marathon

Garmin: 02:10:28 (race results aren’t posted yet, but I didn’t PR so…blah)

This race took place in St. Petersburg, which was really scenic and beautiful. Like, THIS scenic and beautiful.

The harbor where the race started

Michelle and I parked and walked about a half mile to the start, found our corral, and found Tiffany and Mama Connie coming out of the potties.

Sweaters just don’t get sexier than that.

We got in our corrals and didn’t have to wait long to start. One last non-sweaty picture comin’ at cha…

Drink matches the outfit. Nice!


That’s the start…yonder

For a women’s half marathon, there were a lot of men running. A lot of men in pink. And one with pink fuzzy socks. Oh, and I ran by these jokesters.

Enough water bottles to hydrate the homeless.

The race was fairly crowded for the first 10 miles, but it wasn’t too difficult getting around slower runners and walkers. The view was pretty amazing from what I got to enjoy of it (The miles started getting difficult at mile 3. Three! Not good). And this race had the most spectators of any race I’ve done so far which was awesome.

Beginning of the race

St. Pete Pier

We also got to run THROUGH Tropicana Field which was probably the best and most unique part of the race.



Last one or two tenths of the race.

After the race, I helped myself to some cookies at the Cookie Cafe. Ok, maybe the cookies were the best part of the race.

Got a cute finisher’s medal.

And met Moses, the dog.

I want to snuggle him so bad.

Overall, it was a well done race with awesome goodies at the end (bananas, bags of sliced apples, pretzels, yogurt, granola bars, cookies). I just wasn’t in top form for this race, but I would definitely do this one again.

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