As the medal states, last Saturday I “survived” Warrior Dash…
The race was held way out in Florence, AZ – a bit of a drive for us but worth it since they had ample space for the race and festivities.
Lance was a big sport and went with me to the race so I would have to be there all alone :) Seriously, how did I get so lucky? He waited in the hot sun for hours while I ran and whatnot. We got there a little over an hour before the start of my wave (1:30 pm) to get my bib and shirt. I was super excited when I was also handed a warrior hat! Ha it was awesome. Until it was closer to my start time we walked around a bit to check out the obstacles that we could see from the spectator area.
Let me also add that it was really freaking hot in Phoenix that day – at the start of the race the temp was 95 and when I finished it was 98!
At the start of my wave it was really crowded – there were tons of people all hurrying to be in front. There was a whole lot of nothing before the first obstacle – but after that they were pretty evenly spaced. The ground was a pretty rough terrain to run on (in my opinion), it was very uneven and definitely not meant for speed. I had to be careful not to twist an ankle.
I made it my goal to do every single obstacle no matter what – and I did! Probably the best decision I made all day was to wear a pair of gloves for the race – it helped me zip through all of the obstacles and prevent my hands from getting burnt by hot surfaces or blisters from ropes and such.
The second obstacle was really fun – it was a slight slanted wall to climb with a rope. Thankfully Lance had seen this one before I started (and he snapped this pic!) and said it would be easy if I got a running start and that I could just run up it – which is exactly what I did. Easy peasy.
The rest of the obstacles were things like cars to climb over, giant nets to climb, walls to scale, trenches to crawl into, a fire pole to slide down – in general lots of upper body work! My favorite one of the day was the tight rope that you walked across with water below. We had one rope to walk across and another above our heads to hold onto, it was so much fun! When people saw the water, lots of them just jumped right in to cool off instead of trying to get across on the rope – it was too funny!
At the end there was some logs with fire (yes, real fire!) to jump over, then it finished with a giant mud pit. This mud pit was actually really awesome – the mud was really watery and fun to swim through, but I was covered from head to toe. Its hard to tell in this picture, but when I was climbing out I slipped back in and splashed mud all over my face haha.
I ended up finishing in 36:57 – which I have to say is pretty good considering the heat, that I ran 5 miles that morning before the race, and that you had to wait around for your turn at about half of the obstacles. The only thing that disappointed me about the race was that there was only 2 water stations on the course – for the temps that day they should have had at least one more and also many people spent at least 45 min to an hour out on the course, which is a long time to go without much water.
My sunglasses were so covered in mud that I could hardly see!
They also had a spot where you could donate your muddy shoes after the race – they accumulated quite a pile!
Afterwards they had some big trucks with hoses to spray everyone off (you can see me waving my hands in the air way in the distance ;) It did a pretty good job getting the majority of the mud off which was nice, although I still found large amounts of mud stuck in my clothes when I got home..
We walked around to check out the festivities for a little bit while I enjoyed my free beer (yay free!). I also ran into this awesome girl and her bf! It was fun to say hello and see what they thought of the race! I also ended up buying this super cute Warrior tank top. I was thinking ahead about my summer wardrobe ;)
I think the race was really fun – I think next year it would be a blast to get a big group of people together to run it and then hang out all day at the race grounds! But I would definitely sign up for an earlier wave since April is so darn hot here!