Getting Pretty Muddy

November 12, 2012

I tend to enter into competitive races most of the time. I truly have a difficult time running at a super easy pace, or just for fun. Running fast for me is fun. This past weekend, I was able to embrace that inner easy pace, as I got Pretty Muddy!

Meghann, Stephanie, Diana, and I all headed up to Dade City, about 45 minutes north of Tampa. We all had a mud run on our agenda for the day!

Full Disclosure: I was given a complimentary entry to the race in exchange for honest feedback about the inaugural Tampa event and my post race review. All opinions are solely my own, and no one elses.

This was the most branded race that I have ever ran before. The tents said pretty muddy, the caution tape to keep us on course said Pretty Muddy – it was all there! There were waves in 15 minute increments from 8am all the way until noon, and the group of us all decided to get going early for the 8:30 wave. So glad that we did!

The course was 5k in length and was littered with fun obstacles, some filled with mud, and some not. For example, within the first 200 yards, we came up on our first one – Bubbles! Give a bunch of girls some bubbles to run through, and you have an amazing time!

But what is a Pretty Muddy mud run without getting a little dirty, right? We were ensured that the mud was all “clean mud” – aka, it had no rocks or dangerous particles in it. It was all dirt and water, so falling, running, throwing and rolling in it was no issue. The best part of the run was that if you didn’t feel comfortable tackling an obstacle, you didn’t have to. You could walk right around it. None of us did this, of course, because we were all in!! The muddier, the better!

Oh, and as for all of these amazing photos??!! Meghann has an amazing waterproof camera that she brought to the race, and captured over 200 awesome photos! Thanks for letting me use them!! :)

I must say – I haven’t laughed this much in a long time. I am pretty sure that we all had a smile on our face the entire time! It was so much more fun than I had ever imagined! Most girls spend time together at the mall, getting their nails done, or sipping a glass of wine (which I definitely love as well!!) – but we spent the day getting Pretty Muddy!

And how did the original four of us turn out…

We got down and dirty!! And don’t worry – there was a designated place for us to hose off and then get changed afterwards. They definitely thought of everything!

Thank you so much to Pretty Muddy for giving us the opportunity to run this amazing race. I know they are significantly expanding across the country within the next year, so look out for them in your city! You don’t want to miss this Mud Run!!

Ever done a Mud Run? Would you want to in the future!?


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  • Reply Carrie @ Fitness and Frozen Grapes November 12, 2012 at 7:10 am

    That mud run looks like so much fun! Doing one (or an obstacle race) is on my fitness bucket list; I just need to find a friend or two to tackle it with me. :)

    • Reply Mary Baum November 12, 2012 at 8:18 am

      Yes, you have to get some friends to do it too! It is so much fun to be silly with the girls!

  • Reply Kat November 12, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Such a fun day…and fun weekend! 😀

  • Reply Amanda @RunToTheFinish November 12, 2012 at 10:32 am

    what a blast!! david and I have done a muddy buddy together and really liked it, I think it would be fun with a crazy group of girls too

    • Reply Mary Baum November 15, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Ya, getting crazy muddy with the girls and not caring was the best part!

  • Reply Meghann November 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

    I had so much fun getting “Pretty Muddy” with you ladies! Let’s do it again mmmkay? 😉

  • Reply Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife November 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    This run looks like so much fun! I wish that it was closer to me so that I could run it! yay for fun blogger time!

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