How long do you think it should take me to run 3.2 miles. 30 minutes or so? Yeah, this took me 1 hour and 15 minutes. Have you ever tried to kill yourself for 1 hour and 15 minutes? Try to think of your most physically challenging physical activity and image doing that for 75 minutes.
At the end of the race, I was so tired and I coud see the finish line and I had 2 walls to jump over (I don't know how tall they were...8 ft??- see above pic). I was so tired I was irrational. I leaned my head on the wall and wanted to cry because I couldn't figure out how to get over it. My dad was there and I hear him say, "Conni- you're almost there. GET OVER THAT WALL!" Like in that you- better-do-this-right-now voice that my dad sometimes used when I was a kid. Long story short, I got over the wall. He also yelled at me when I put my leg in a weird position on this other obstacle because he said I was going to break it off. Anyway, while my little girls watched, I finished the race. I did not enjoy the race- I forgot to mention the race was at a ski resort, so I ran UP hill the entire time and I didn't plan or train for running up hills. I have to admit that The Ex and my dad had to convince me to actually run in the race because the night before, I got nervous and almost backed out. I am battered and bruised from the obstacles and I did not enjoy that 75 minutes of my life, but I am still glad I did it. I have been planning on running in it since January, and when the day came to run, I ran.
This is what I looked like at the end when I was about to jump in a mud pool under barb wire while pulling myself with a rope through a slick tube. After that slick tube is when I faced the wall.
My friend and workout buddy killed the race and came in at an hour and 9 min. In her defense, she could have definitely gotten a better time had she not waited on me while I pouted and puttered through the hills.
**A picture that I don't own of me jumping over the fire pit can be found here
To sum it all up, I finished a short race that took me too long to run, but I did come in 1242 out of 2400 runners. I am halfway from the top and bottom. I'll take it for my first shot. Maybe next year me and The Ex can do it together?
**Mom, I'm sorry you missed it. I promise if I do it again, I'll tell you about it.