After having to pull out of my race last weekend, I was really looking forward to this weekend, since I had not one, but 2 races lined up!
Saturday morning, I picked up Meghann and we headed about 45 minutes north to participate in the Dirty Girl Mud Run! A few months ago, there was an opportunity for the members of the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers to participate in the run, so of course I jumped at it! I had so much fun at the last mud run that I ran, and I knew I needed to sign up for another one!
The location of the race was super calm and serene as we arrived, and the fog was just lifting. We were in the first wave at 8am, so it was nice and quite when we arrived. (P.S. – most of the following photos are from Meghann’s awesome waterproof camera!)
After a quick warmup, we were off! The obstacles were a lot of fun, but I must say, I wish there were a few more muddy obstacles. It was pretty easy to get through each obstacle and only get a little bit dirty – not the point of a mud run. Instead, Meghann and I made it a point to take full advantage of the muddy obstacles – we would splash around in them, and be sure that we were extra covered in the mud!
The course was a very easy one to run. Nothing was too difficult or too technical. All of the obstacles could be done by anyone attempting them. And of course, if you didn’t want to do them, it was easy to walk around it. These mud runs are really for anyone and everyone. My friend Azra, who is not a runner, had a blast doing the race. She ran when she could, and she walked when she felt like it too. And she had a blast and did so well! I can’t stress enough that you don’t need to be a hardcore runner to complete these runs!
One aspect I loved about Dirty Girl was the ability to donate our shoes after the run. I had used my shoes for both of my last mud runs, and I was ready to give them away. It was super easy! We just hung them up on a rack, and that was it!
Thanks to Dirty Girl for a fun mud run!
Full Disclosure: I received a complimentary race entry in return for a blog review. All opinions are my own.
As for the second race of the weekend, I headed over to St. Pete for the Rock N Roll Half Marathon! This was my second time doing the race, and it was great again this year! (The course was the same as last year as well, so check out that recap for a more in depth look.)
Marcus was nice enough to drop me nice and close to the start, so I didn’t need to get there super early to find parking. I saw my friend Heather, did a quick 1.5 mile warm up, and headed into my corral. I was in the second wave, and had no problem sliding right in.
The biggest difference from last year’s race to this year’s race was that is wasn’t freezing cold this time around. I started with a tank, but ending up shedding it a few miles in. The weather was just cool enough so that it was comfortable and it was an extremely enjoyable run.
I ended up tacking 1.5 more miles on the end of my run as well, so that I ended up with a nice 16 mile training run that I had on schedule. I ended up running a bit quicker than I had set out to run, but oh well. I was feeling pretty good and decided to hold just under an 8 minute pace.
I love running half marathons as a part of training! It is nice to be able to run with a few thousand other people – it completely takes your mind off of actually running the 16 miles that I needed to today. I’m sure my 17 miles next week will feel a bit different from the 16 from yesterday!
If you are looking for a very flat and fast half marathon course, Rock N Roll St. Pete is hard to beat! The weather is so ideal and it is a very nice course. The course support was great and the post race concert is always a blast!
A big congrats to my friend Ryan for a killer time! (photo from his facebook)
He started running a little over a year ago, and is getting faster pretty much every race that he runs! Fantastic Job!!!