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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Survivor Mud Run 2013

When I was a kid, I used to watch the American Gladiators on TV and I thought it was a kick ass show!  I’m pretty sure it was on the USA Network or something like that.  I would watch it with my Auntie Gloria who was a fan of action so it was nice to bond with her over that.  I actually once thought that one day I would be able to go on that show and compete.  I knew I could kick Nitro’s ass in the Joust or the Gauntlet, though that would never happen because I’m female and they only pair you up with a female gladiatior.  Bleh.

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Not sure what happened the show, but it went away.  People got lazy?  Ran out of funding?  I don’t know.  It came back maybe ten years later with Hulk Hogan and Leila Ali were the hosts.  It is still bad ass!!  Is it still on the air?

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There’s also another show that I enjoy watching with my kids and that’s Ninja Warrior.  I could be a frickin’ Ninja!!  I would watch the show and think to myself, “I would kick ass in the first obstacle course.  I mean come on…  how hard it is it to climb a cargo net?  Not very!!”  The spider walk though…  eesh!

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Though I must say that the very last obstacle is a 15 meter (or 49 yard) rope climb, which I honestly don’t think I could ever do.  I can barely do a pull/chin up without assistance so there’s no way I will be able to climb a rope. Not saying I’m not going to try though.  It’s going to happen one day.  You’ll see…

Anyhoo…  on Sunday PaleoJoe and I drove to Rancho Murieta for PaleoJoe’s first mud run.

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He had accompanied me to the Urbanathlon in San Francisco, but did not compete.  He was my cheerleader.  Go Team Golly!!  🙂

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We get to the race late.  That was my bad.  I had set my alarm, but didn’t get up until I was supposed to be at his house.  Whoops!  Instead of a 9 am start time we were able to join the 930 racers.  I like going early because 1: It’s not hot.  2:  There’s available parking.  3:  You have the rest of the day to bask in the glory of finishing a race and wear your medal around to show off.  And last but not least, 4:  Clean mud.  No seriously.  Clean mud.  Throughout the day A LOT of people will be crawling through this mud and you don’t know if people are peeing in it, or spitting, or any other kind of bodily fluid.  Gross!!  An early start time somewhat ensures that the mud you’re getting dirty with hasn’t been tainted by hundreds of other people.  And trust me…  you get HELLA muddy!

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There is a wash area for you to get most of the mud off, but there’s nothing like a shower, shampoo and soap.  I think it took me a good half hour to feel fully clean.  Our next mud run will be in June called the Gladiator Rock N Run.  I ran this last year and I had a lot of fun.  At the very end there was a wall that I was having difficulty climbing because the mud was preventing me from getting any traction.  I did eventually make it up and over the top.  I think for the Survivor Mud Run race I attempted the monkey bars, but the mud was making my hands slip.  Ah well…

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I still got my medal…  😉

 

Carlsbad 5000

I am a runner.  I ran my first race which was a 9k on August 28, 2011 and I learned a lot about how to run, how to breathe, and better yet… that I need better running shoes.  The first couple of races are a learning experience.  This past Sunday, the boyfriend and I participated in the Carlsbad 5000, which literally was “The World’s Fastest 5k”.

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The three miles went by fairly quick and when we finished we were both tired, but then felt weird because the race was already over.  Haha!!  We didn’t get a medal because we weren’t one of the first 250 finishers, but that’s okay.  It was still a good race and for such a short weekend we did a lot.

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Here we are after the race.

We drove down from the Bay Area to Carlsbad on a Saturday and that took about 6 or 7 hours.  Then the following morning we had our complimentary breakfast and then headed over to the expo to pick up our race bibs and get on with our race.  The run started at 9:20 and I finished at  33:10:00.  Not my fastest 5k, but then again do the 5k’s on treadmills really count?  I’m still proud of my run.  I know I can do better for the next one.

We followed the run up with a Paleo friendly burger from Burger Lounge.

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Super tasty!!

After a shower and a quick nap back at the hotel, we were on the road again.  We made a stop in Solvang because it’s a beautiful little Danish Town.  Unfortunately for us everything was on the verge of closing so we didn’t get to peruse the many shops that they had there.  Another day perhaps…

Dinner was at Bit O’ Denmark, which was very tasty and filling.  Then finally the 4 hour drive back home.

I learned a couple of things on this weekend trip:

1.  Starfish are edible.

2.  How to cook a starfish.

3.  My boyfriend prefers the Manhattan Clam Chowder over the New England Clam Chowder, and we’re going to make an attempt one of these to make it at home.

4.  Doesn’t matter what I wear, the boyfriend says it’s going to end up on the floor anyway.  <—  Ohhh Myyyy!!  😛

Anyhoo…  goal after this race in terms of fitness:  5k in under 30 minutes.  It WILL happen!!