I really have never had more fun. Yesterday was such a great day. A beautiful drive through the Catskills with the kids, a beautiful, sunny day for a dash after way too much rain. And, I came down feeling very confident that I could (and will!) do it again and also thinking I should do 5Ks more often because they are WAY easier than that!
The uphill climb was brutal, we basically climbed the mountain. There is no way you an really run in the beginning and keep running unless you have the lungs of Zeus. Then you kind of make your way zig zag across- sometimes up, sometimes down- and sometimes so steep of a decline that running seems way to dangerous—an ankle breaking kind of decline. At one point, I actually found myself galloping.
There were several climbing obstacles that I didn’t love. I have a fear of heights when I go down something, not as much while I go up– so I would climb up one side and get completely freaked out about changing my footing and climbing down the other. That was the ONLY time I wussed out. I mean, one time the ladder was soaked and wet!
The people along the way are fun– teams encouraging one another, yelling and cheering. Spiderman passed me at one point. That was pretty awesome.
We slid down homemade water slides, walked through mud pits, crawled under barbed wire and hopped over burning coal. At one point I slid down this slope made of wood (the guy said “don’t put your hands behind you, don’t lean back.”) Okay, so this guy doesnt know that if you do that– you just keep going. On the rocks. With shorts on that had slid up. Ouch.
Can’t wait till next year!