Saturday I ran the Oklahoma Warrior Dash and it was an absolute blast! I learned a lot and gained a whole new level of appreciation for trail runners, but let's back up and start from the beginning.
The race was my sister Ashley's first race ever, so I
|The food tents|
|They're joking right?!|
|running right along|
The first obstacle didn't come until about .75 miles in, and when we could finally see it, everyone cheered. There were tons of obstacles and I wish I could remember them all. There were tires to hop through, hanging tires to dodge, junkyard cars to climb over, walls to climb, nets to climb, muddy ditches to crawl through, low walls to jump over, tons of walls/nets/barbed wire to climb under, ponds to swim through with logs to throw yourself over, and of course the infamous fire to leap through. All of the obstacles were spread throughout the course. I thought that they would make the race much harder, but actually they made it go faster because we had something fun to look forward to. I didn't feel like any of the obstacles were too physically demanding, so if you're worried you can't do one of them don't be. They also had a way around each one if you felt like you couldn't complete that obstacle for some reason, but Ashley and I wanted to do everything!
|Awkwardly leaving the mud pit|
While the obstacles we're physically demanding, some were very nerve-racking. The walls that you had to climb were very tall and the tops were narrow (about 3 inches wide) so it made it difficult to get over the wall without feeling like you were about to fall big time. There were also some walls that you had a sort of ladder on the opposite side to get down, but the rungs were so far apart you were basically jumping from rung to rung. Because of this, while they weren't too hard on your muscles, it was pretty hard to go through them fast. The last wall you climbed was only about 10ft tall and you had to just jump off the top! But the obstacle I feared the most (for weeks before!) was the fire jump!
In case you haven't noticed, I'm an awkward and klutzy, born without any grace, complete white girl. I CAN'T jump to save my life. Like for real, I can get about 3 inches off the ground on a good day. If there was going to be one person at that race to not make it over the fire, fall, and go up in a flaming ball of tulle, it was going to be me. I was terrified, but I really wanted to do it. Ashley on the other hand is a pyromaniac and couldn't wait for the fire leap, so she offered to hold my hand help me face my fears. (I know I'm like 5). As we rounded the corner and saw the fire I was petrified, but Ashley just grabbed my hand and said, "Here we go!".
|Here we go!|
But at least we made it!
After that it was time for some post-race celebratory pics of course!
|my signature pose|
|love the bling!|
All in all it was a great race! I loved the atmosphere, the support from other runners, race staff, and spectators, and the fun obstacles of the course. You can't help but leave feeling a little more B.A. after a race like that. I also learned how hard trail running is! I knew it was harder and never had a desire to run trail runs, but it is sooo much harder. You have to constantly watch the ground to keep yourself from tripping. It was challenging, but it was also a blast. I'm so glad I did this race and highly recommend the Warrior Dash series to runners of all abilities!