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.


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?



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.



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!



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…


I still got my medal…  😉