Gladiator Rock N Run

I had an amazing Sunday.  It started early, which I know I know…  it’s a weekend, but it’s a mud run!!  YAY!!  Mud runs are fun!  Like I said, I had always wanted to be on American Gladiators or Gutz!, but never had the balls to go and do it.  Now I do!!  Mud runs!!  YAY!!

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So on Sunday with PaleoJoe and two lovely ladies, we ran the Gladiator Rock n Run at Grant Ranch in San Jose.  I like choosing the earliest wave time possible because it’s not so hot, the mud is clean, and I can get on with the rest of my day wearing a fancy medal around my neck.  😛

I made breakfast for the gang which consisted of chicken sausage, scrambled eggs and red grapes.  We left the house at around 730 and made it with about a half hour to spare prior to our wave time.

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Bag check, stretching, picture taking…

8:30 rolls around and we are at the starting line.  Dan “Nitro” Clark is at the stage and he’s talking to us and getting us pumped up for the run.  It’s good times.  We’re ready to go.  The first obstacle is “Hamburger Hill” and it’s a long ass steep hill that if you haven’t done hill training, will kick your ass.  The second obstacle is a really short tire obstacle.  Just run on through em.  Third obstacle is called “Tired Out”.  You have to lift and hold a tire over your head and do walking lunges.  It’s fine until about halfway when it’s down hill and you can feel the burn.  My arms and legs were jelly.

Fourth obstacle was Burpees.  Do ten of them.  Though when we got there, the guy told us to do 30, and by about 22 another guy came (the supervisor I think) and he says, “Oh you only have to do 10.”  WTF?!  Haha!  Oh well. Number five was “Polar Ice” and OMG…  COLD!  Lucky for us they weren’t dumping ice in there otherwise it would have been colder.  The shock of the cold made everything all tingly, but once you started moving again the cold felt really nice.

Sixth obstacle was…  Not sure.  Okay now I’m forgetting the obstacles, but there was a rope that you had to climb and ring the bell at the top.  “Buddha’s Burden” where you carry a bag of rice up and around and bring it back to Buddha.  “Wall of Shame” were you decide to climb up and over a 4′ tall pink wall or the 8′ wall.  I climbed the 8′ wall.  Dumpster climb where you climb into a dumpster and out.  I there there were two of those.  “Deadman Carry” where two people carry a third, then you climb over a tire wall, and then carry again.  “Tube Steak” where you climb over tubes, and then crawl through mud under barbed wire, through the tubs that you just climbed over, and then a mud crawl again.  Cargo net climb, jump over fire, incline wall (which I didn’t do, because it’s a pain the ass so I did burpees instead) and monkey bars.  Oh there was also a “Spider Walk” where you climb up a hill under a net and sometimes you can get your hand stuck or your hair if it’s in a bun.  There was one more mud crawl under barbed wire and then the very last obstacle was what I think was called “Team Woody”.  You need about 8 people to lift an 18-20 foot telephone pole up and walk it around and back.  I was too short to even really make a difference I think.  But I still helped!  Drop the pole and FINISH LINE!

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Shiny pretty medals gleaning in the morning sun and I am the proud owner of one.  🙂

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Oh we came out of it super muddy.  Shoes were ruined, hair a mess, tired, but proud.  Gladiator Rock n Run…  PWNED!

We got our bags from the check area and headed to the “showers” where we hosed off as much mud as we could.  I changed into a maxi dress and POW!  Picture time with my favorite man…

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It was about 11 when we left the race and 1130 when we got back to my place.  Everyone left about 12 to shower and eat.  Funtastic Sunday morning!  Yeah sleeping in would have been nice, but how many people can say they swam in mud on Father’s Day and got a medal for it?  🙂

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Hiking at Pinnacles National Park

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I went hiking yesterday at the Pinnacles over in Hollister.  As prepared as I THOUGHT I was for the hike over there, at the end I found out that I wasn’t.  It was a beautiful day yesterday.  The sun was shining, the skies were clear and blue, and I was ready for the hike.  The last time I went to the Pinnacles it was December 2011 and it was cold.  The time before that, it was summer and it was a dry heat.  So again…  yesterday looked to be a very beautiful day.

In the morning I prepped the camelbaks.  Ice and water in the reservoir filled all the way to the top.  Bags were packed with paleo friendly snacks:  Bananas, hard boiled eggs, tangerines, nuts, etc.  Sunblock.  Check!  Sunglasses.  Check!  We were ready.

The drive took about an hour or so.  We (PaleoJoe, his friend E, and myself) talked about bad, yet oh so good, horror movies.  It was a rather enjoyable ride.  When we finally get to the Pinnacles we got out of the car, grabbed our stuff, and then made out way onto the trail.  E was the guide because he had the map, and if you asked PaleoJoe or myself which way we wanted to go we most likely would have responded with “I don’t know.  Where do you want to go?  Whichever way is fine with me.”

The first part of the hike was good.  Got to see nature, climb over rocks, spelunking…  Good times.  I believe it was a little under two hours into the hike when I picked a spot in the shade to eat.  More good times.  We’re rehydrating.  We’re replenishing calories.  After the break we continue on.  It was about 15-20 minutes into the hike and I just wasn’t keeping up.  These boys are fast!  They slowed it down for me, but it’s about 2 in the afternoon and the heat is getting to me.  I’m having trouble keeping up still and although I’m drinking water, I feel a headache coming on and my hands are slowly swelling.  But we keep going.  It’s slow going because there were a couple of times where I felt dizzy.

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A little over 9 miles later we finally make it back to the car and we’re all exhausted.  So what did I learn on this hiking adventure?  When you think you have enough water…  get some more!!  Even if you don’t need it, another person in your party might.  Hydrate hydrate hydrate!!

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Sunblock is amazing and useful so if you think you put enough sunblock on for the day…  put more!!  Especially on the sensitive areas that you don’t think about like the back of your neck, ears, face (yeah you might be wearing a hat, but put sunblock on just in case.)

Happy Monday!