Me, Kathleen and Leah–CrossPointe Muddy Buddies
The race was located near Lake Anna (about an hour from Richmond). We drove up the day before and stayed just outside of Richmond at a nice hotel. Unfortunately I made the reservation through a second party site and they messed up our room. We had one king bed…and three of us who needed to sleep! They were able to give us a cot which I volunteered to sleep on.
I was super nervous. I haven’t been as active lately and definitely haven’t been running as much as usual (due to my schedule plus a bum knee). I looked up several of the obstacles online the night before so that I could mentally prepare! The course was just over 5 miles and there were 13 obstacles.
We arrived about an hour before our corral was set to start. Parking was $10 (if you pre-paid) and bag check was $10 (I have never seen a race charge for bag checks!). Once we got all that taken care of we headed to the start line for a strength and stretch session to get warmed up.
The crowd was so energetic and I couldn’t wait to get the race started. Our group took off at 10:20. The course was not ideal. It was a large field that had been mowed down and there were branches, twigs, rocks and other pesky things on the trail. It was very difficult to run as I was afraid the whole time I was going to twist my ankle. I looked forward to the obstacles!
The first obstacle involved carrying your teammates a short distance.
It was a great weekend and I was proud of myself for sticking with it. I wanted to back out so many times but I did it. Hopefully I’ll be able to better train and prepare before my next mud run. I’d definitely do Mudderella again and I’m hoping this year to have an even larger team join me!