Monday, August 26, 2013

Dirty Girl Mud Run, Ironman and Running!

Saturday my friend Julie and I volunteered at the Dirty Girl mud run!

Our shift was from 9-12 and our station was the mud pit! I couldn't think of a better place to be. It was hilarious watching all these cute, clean girls stepping into the mud, shrieking, and then immersing themselves in the mud!
Of course the grass was very muddy and slippery as they were getting out, so there were a lot of falls, which made it even more hilarious! We saw some funny stuff! 
 There were a couple maintenance guys hanging out with us for a bit and for some reason they thought we needed to be muddy too. (Why??)  Julie had some chick throw mud at her, that poor girl was eating mud! They wouldn't let me stay clean so they BOTH had to hug me. (Of course they were covered in mud)  

 We had a blast though! I didn't think I would ever want to do a mud run, but now I know I would do one. Of course only with a group of girls though. We saw a few girls doing it alone- how boring would that be! Since we volunteered, we will get a free registration, so next year we'll be gettin' muddy!
 After all that hard work, we were hungry!

I can't tell you how amazing that grapefruit lime margarita was! (Yes, my glass was empty by the time my salad arrived.)

 This weekend I was supposed to run 18 miles for my Chicago Marathon training. I decided to do it Sunday. I knew I'd have to do it in the afternoon though, since I had to go to church in the morning.
 Well, at 2:00 it was 85 degrees, sunny and humid.
The Ironman Louisville was going on, so I thought if all those people can swim, bike and run a marathon in this heat, I can do 18 miles.

Well....I guess I'm not as tough as I thought. I ran 3 and my body would just not go anymore!

 I decided to come home and run the other 15 on my treadmill. I've done it before, so I knew it would be ok. 
I'm telling ya, running in cool air and with a big fan blowing on you is wonderful! I ran 8 miles. That's it. That's all I did. Why? No reason. No excuse. I just stopped. 
 It's so hard not to beat yourself up and feel like a failure for not finishing. But as my Chicago marathon buddy, Amanda, reminded me, we still have 7 weeks left, I can make it up!

 For the next 4 hours I may have laid on the couch and watched the Ironman finish line!
I knew watching it would get me thinking that I might want to do an Ironman someday... I mean, why not? Is there any reason I couldn't do it? I never thought I could run a marathon, and I did.
 When I mentioned it to the hubs he said no way. Hmmm....


QOTD: 
Would you ever do an Ironman?
What did you do this weekend?



36 comments:

  1. See, if Michael said no way to me about that, I would be making plans to do one. I'm stubborn like that. But as much as I've thought about triathlons....I just don't like biking and I'm a horrible swimmer....so maybe just stick with running. :)

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    1. Lol! Yep, I'm pretty stubborn too! I enjoy biking and swimming, but I don't know if I could do the swimming part of it. Swimming in a pool is a lot different than swimming in a muddy lake with hundreds of other people!

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  2. I would totally do an Ironman someday! But I don't run/bike/swim on Sunday. Day of rest! If there were ever one on a Saturday, you betcha I'd be there! :)
    I ran my first 20 miler Friday morning then went to baseball game that night. Saturday was the WARRIOR DASH and it was AMAZING! I am so sore today! It was intense! When I got back home, I got ready for my friend's baptism. After that, my whole family went out to eat! When we got home and put the girls down for bed, I went out for girls night to celebrate my friend's last week before she's married next weekend!
    I literally slept ALL DAY Sunday! I woke up around 2 p.m. and cat napped the rest of the day! Then went to bed at 8 p.m.! I was a tired woman!

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    1. I should've known you would do one!! I wonder if they do Ironman's on Saturday's...
      Congrats on your 20 miler!! That's awesome! Sounds like you had a super busy weekend, glad you got some rest!

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    2. yes, there is an Ironman that is held on a Saturday at Cedar Point in Ohio. It's on my birthday this year! Several years ago, I realized that it would fall on my birthday this year and I was tempted to think that just maybe.... I ended up going back to college instead of taking up the sport of triathlon! As long as they keep the same weekend, it will again fall on my birthday eventually.

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  3. I want to get into triathlons this year, maybe training for one in the spring. Eventually, I want to complete a full triathlon someday...
    I went on a long bike ride on Saturday and a long run on Sunday. The weather was gorgeous and I enjoyed spending time outside!

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    1. I never thought I would want to do a tri, but after watching the Ironman, it really has me thinking about it! Glad you had a good weekend!

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  4. Would you ever do an Ironman? at this point I am going to say no. But who knows lol.
    What did you do this weekend? We had wedding stuff all day Saturday then we skipped church Sunday (sick kiddo) and I got my 8 in late in the day with a friend!

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    1. That's right, ya never know!! Congrats on your 8, girl!

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  5. Crazy how some runs are just like that!!! You still got a good amount of mile in:) My husband and I managed to get away for a long weekend at the beach and it was awesome!!!

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    1. It is crazy and so annoying! Wow, a long weekend at the beach sounds incredible!!

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  6. That race looks like lots of fun, but I agree needs to be done with fun friends!
    Maybe one day you'll do an Ironman! I was the same way, I used to think that the marathon would be enough, and it is for the most part. But I guess that drive to want to try new things kicks in, I hope to do an Ironman in 2 years, we'll see!

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    1. That's exactly it, once you've accomplished something, you want to see what else you can do! 2 years sounds like plenty of time to train and prepare for it!

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  7. I've never imagined doing an Ironman, but I have just recently started thinking about triathlon. Great job on the training run, by the way. Given the heat and humidity, you did an awesome job getting your miles in, even if you didn't run the 18 you planned. You're still doing a great job on your training!

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    1. Yea, I skipped that step! (Triathlon) Thanks so much, Jen!

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  8. I don't have a desire o do an Ironman but I watched my two friends finish the IronMan Louisville thanks to the live stream :)

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    1. Wow, that's awesome! I didn't know anyone doing it this year.

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  9. Would I ever do an Ironman? Not until I do at least one half ironman, then I will be qualified to make that decision!
    The training for an Ironman is intense and time consuming.
    Three of the people who I do speed work with on Wednesdays did an Ironman in Grand Rapids, MI yesterday.
    As for my weekend, I ran 18 miles Saturday morning. Sunday I was the nanny for my 9 month old niece. My niece (mom of the baby niece) was singing in her church's special outdoor summer church service and then in charge of a lunch afterward. I was exhausted; it's been a long time since I've taken care of a crawling and almost walking child!

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    1. Yea, I should probably start with the half ironman! I know it would be a huge commitment with all the training and everything.
      Great job on the 18! Lol! I guess you forget how energetic those babies really are. I watch them every day, they do take a lot out of you!

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  10. Of course you could do an Ironman! You can do anything you set your mind to--you've proven that :)
    I've called runs early too. I think it's smart and means you're listening to your body! I had a HORRIBLE marathon this weekend, and if it had been a training run, I would have called it at mile 2! You have plenty of time left before Chicago!

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    1. That's exactly right!
      I'm so sorry you had a bad marathon. I'm heading over now to read your recap!

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  11. No desire to do a triathlon here. Not big into swimming at all. I ran 20 miles on Sunday in prep for MCM.

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    1. Swimming is the part I would be dreading. That's really the only thing keeping me from it. Awesome job on your 20!!

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  12. I've been thinking about a full IM for several years now. In fact, I almost pulled the trigger this spring and registered for Louisville. Glad I didn't. I really haven't been able to master the swim schedule yet. Hubby has a new job and getting to the pool is almost impossible. In fact, I have another half ironman on SAT and have only swam one time since the half IM in Racine at the end of July. Hoping I don't drown this weekend!!! Anyhow, I keep thinking about it for next year but I just don't think I can realistically fit in the training between work, the kiddos and now with hubby's new job he is never home to help. I know I can do it, I just need a bit more training time.

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    1. Really the only things keeping me from it is the swimming and also the huge time commitment. I don't know how you do it all with kiddos and hubby being gone!
      Well, if you decide to do Louisville next year...let me know! ;)
      You'll do great this weekend! Can't wait to hear about it!!

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  13. Thanks for volunteering! Sounds like yall had lots of fun. I think that's the closest I'd ever come to another mud run again.

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    1. I've got to do it just once, and I'm pretty sure that'll be enough forever!

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  14. I don't think I could ever do an Ironman. How long is the swim on that? Maybe I'd feel different after doing a baby tri. :) But I really dislike swimming.

    Mud runs don't really appeal to me, but that might be also because I don't have many female running friends, and running it alone wouldn't be nearly as run. Oh, and I don't really like getting dirty. lol.

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    1. The swim is 2.4 miles. That is the part I would dread the most. Getting pushed underwater, hit and kicked does NOT sound like fun to me. So that's the only thing keeping me from it.
      I would never do a mud run alone, but maybe after a couple drinks and with a bunch of girlfriends, it would be fun. :)

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