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Mud Run—check

And for those out there who are curious, we did survive the 2011 Mud Run. I survived and felt each and every one of the 115 minutes and some odd seconds that I spent running, walking, wading, flopping, crawling, climbing, and falling through The Leatherneck and I will wear my t-shirt proudly!

This course is for real no joke. And I have no explanation for the teams that completed this course in seriously half the time we did. They had to have bypassed obstacles. And a big great job to our counterparts who bypassed us by 30 whole minutes. I really have no words for how that was done and I honestly wanted no part of trying to finish the course any faster than we did. I wouldn’t have made it:)

I will say I can go on the rest of my life without hearing a Marine yell at me, “knees and elbows, knees and elbows!” or my all time favorite, “you have no reason to be tired, you’re not even half way!” I learned quickly to ask photographers on the course if I wanted to know what obstacle we were near; not a Marine.

Here are our naive before and relieved after pics:

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Let’s Get Muddy!

And no, this is not a gardening post…it’s the largest mud run in North America. And we’re running it this Saturday with 6 other family members—4 on each team—alongside 1,100 other 4 person teams. All in the name of our Marines. Here’s the website for the USMC Mud Run located in Columbia, SC.

The course is 5.2 miles through the woods of Sandy Run accompanied by 34 marine-grade obstacles drenched in mud. Now, I know I sound like I’m not excited and that couldn’t be more wrong. My husband and I have actually wanted to do this for 2 years now but fell wind to scheduling conflicts and looking for team members. Alas, all we needed were our crazy cousins and spouses and it’s on! The sarcasm is more so attributed to that gut feeling of, “I’m really doing this in 3 days, not 3 months from now.” It’s here and other than looking at a map and pictures online, I truly have no idea of what to expect other than a lot of fun, laughs, mud, oh and now rain…70% chance of thunderstorms and wind with a huge storm front moving in Friday night. I mean really…

We’re supposed to have some family member support on the sidelines so hopefully we’ll have some great pictures to post next week but until then I’ll leave you with random race shots the Mud Run took from last year’s teams and posted online. Who else is having military school summer camp flash backs?