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Running Every Day Isn’t Easy, But It’s Worth It! – Survivor Mud Run

Survivor Mud Run Seattle Post Race Photo

Survivor Mud Run LogoRunning every day isn’t easy… and some days are harder than others. June 18th’s Survivor Mud Run Seattle was one of the tough days! If you have never done a mud run I highly recommend you try it out! It was an EPIC day of showing the world how tough you are in the 60 degree pouring rain. With 3.3 mils of mud, rivers, and mayhem including 14 obstacles you absolutely got your moneys worth! When the race started a 9am I saw the first finishers coming over the line and thought to myself these people do not look too muddy! By the time my 11:45 heat started and close to 2000 people had covered the course it was a pure mud-fest.

Brad, Krisy, and Sophia before the Seattle Survivor Mud Run.

Brad, Krisy, and Sophia before the Seattle Survivor Mud Run.

This was my first race as a barefoot runner, and I used my Vibram KSOs. People looked at you a bit weird, but I really feel like they were a HUGE advantage. My ground feel was awesome and not running in waterlogged trail shoes was totally worth it even with the rocks and gravel roads. They also stayed on amazingly well in the deep mud. There was one point in the bog where myself, Krisy, and a guy we had never met were mired so deep in the mud we were unable to free ourselves. It tool a solid 10 minutes of pushing, lifting, and pulling to get all three of us free. I was literally up to my hip in mud so deep I could not move and had to crawl on my belly to avoid sinking deeper. My first thought when I sunk that deep is this is how dinosaurs got fossilized! The 10 foot wall was awesome, the pipes were cool and a bit freaky, and the other racers were awesome!

Survivor Mud Run Seattle Post Race Photo

Brad, Krisy, Solomon, and Alyssa after the Survivor Mud Run.

For the $60 entry fee you got to race (obviously) a shower!, a free beer, a free Brat,  t-shirt, and a finishers medal. Well worth it in my opinion. My only gripe was that there could have been a few more course safety people on hand as there were a few injuries and I saw one girl wait a very long time to get help for an injured ankle after jumping off the 10 foot wall. Overall though, the available staff were nice, friendly, and helpful. The DJ was good and the event was well organized and planned. my only other grip was the volume of showers available… it was a LONG line to get cleaned up and even after we did we used two 2 1/2 gallon jugs for a sponge bath at the car just to get sort of clean. I needed one more real shower and Krisy needed two to get her hair clean. This race is on my must do list for next year…

No iPhone GPS tracks with Runtastic though! No way I was going to carry it on this course.i saw too many people looking for gear in the thick soupy mud! I uploaded the time and distance manually: 3.3 miles in 1:50:30. Most of that extra time was spend waiting to get over crowded obstacles, but it was a welcome break, and I was BEAT when we finished! This isnt a course to set a new personal best on… Its about covering the distance and I think most reasonably fit people should be able to do it if my tubby butt could! :)

Survivor Mud Run with Finishers Medal

Krisy and I after a shower and an additional sponge bath in the parking lot. Sophia was MAD she was too young to run!

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Day 19 – Cold is a powerful motivator!

Today was a LONG day at work. I got home about 10PM and was tired, but feeling quite good after a few easy days. Unfortunately, it was COLD, windy, and raining hard. Nothing like a 10:30 PM run in 39 Degree weather with a 20 MPH wind to help you kick it into high gear. I am very happy that I am at a point now where I feel natural getting ready to run regardless of the time or weather. In fact I am starting to look forward to it as a time to unwind from my day and get a chance to think through lifes problems and day dream a bit.

Good news today, my 1 mile pace was 9:55 a new personal best for me! The last .15 I walked as a bit of a cool down before I went back into the house, but it was too cold and nasty for much more of a cool down and I was chilled so I headed in quickly. Its awesome what a little rest does for you. I had a chiropractor appointment this morning and had solid nutrition all day with 2 juices, a smoothie, and a big vegetarian burrito to eat. I think I was a bit dehydrated, and need to make sure I stay on top of that. Otherwise, it was a GREAT day! Just a couple more easy days before I am back at it again. :) Seattle Marathon is calling my name and I am 100% sure I will be ready. I just need to stay healthy!

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