Experience the Warrior Dash!
What is the Warrior Dash?
The Warrior Dash is a 5k mud run that offers obstacles along the way. It is a great way to start running 5k's, even if you are not trained to do so. Does this mean that it is easy? No! Actually, the run is very flexible. There are runners who run for time and use this and other runs like these as preparation for 13 mile runs, 1/2 marathons, and even Iron Man. What makes it nice for newbie's is that you can run it or walk it and you can choose to avoid obstacles that you feel you are unable to complete. The runs vary in price depending on location and how early you register. This year's (2013) Florida run ranged from $40 - $80. There is also a charge for parking. That price includes your run, a medal, a t-shirt, a souvenir hat, and a free beer (or gatorade). There is a DJ playing the entire time and plenty of food and drinks. It is like an outdoor festival. Children and families are welcome to come and spectate. They would enjoy it even without the run. The race is not designed for children but older teenagers can register with parental consent.
No food or drink is allowed. During the race, water is provided for you before and after the race and in 2 points during the race. Afterwards, it is time to relax, party, dance, and eat. You can purchase beer, juice, turkey legs, hotdogs, and more. The turkey legs were 8 dollars and prices went down from there where I ate. I really wanted one but I went alone and that things is huge. Maybe next time.
I put in a video of the obstacles from Lk Wales, Florida 2/2/2013. Mud is everywhere! Take a look. After the race, you are able to put your dirty, muddy shoes to good use thru donations to USagain! That is of coarse, if you do not want to keep them. You can also decide to raise funds for St. Jude for your run if you like. There are extra incentives for those who raise a certain amount. It really is a wonderful experience. I'll tell you about mine...
There are also costume contests, beard contests, and awards for the serious runners who do it for time.
Be a Warrior
My race! 2/2/2013
It was AWESOME! I signed up for it a while ago and went alone. I've been excitedly anticipating it for a few weeks now. I just wanted to try it and see what it was like. I thought that I would die out there but I wasn't afraid. I like certain challenges. I had not really trained for anything like this. I am not a runner, but I am fit. I haven't trained to run. I hadn't even run around the block before this race. You would have thought that with the weeks I had to anticipate, I would have tried to train for running right? Wrong! I wanted to see where I was and how I would do. A self test... I train for fighting sports at Breaking Point MMA gym out of Apopka, Florida. It is a hobby that I love, a strong addiction, but I am not a fighter, not yet anyway. While the race is flexible, I wouldn't recommend it to someone that is completely sedentary. You can absolutely go and walk the race and skip some of the obstacles and you would have a blast but you aren't really getting your money's worth. That is my opinion anyway, especially since you can ride with someone and be a spectator for free and have plenty of fun. While I had a blast, going with at least one other buddy is recommended just to up the fun ratio a bit. It will also make the run easier because you boost up. Positive encouragement! I didn't have a problem because I have always been able to talk to strangers and I ran into a muddy friend of mine from the gym.
I typically travel light. All I needed was my ID, money, a towel and flip flops to wear after donating my kicks. You don't need much. They do have a free bag check. You can leave your stuff with them, get muddy, and go back to claim it when your done. There are also showers, a porto potty station, a first aid station, and a lot more. The showers were a nice idea but I decided not to use them. Mud is resilient and demands a loofa and by then it was cold out. Cold + cold water + no more strenuous activity = that crap is not happening! I don't have enough body to produce my own body heat... I just sat on the towel in my car to make sure dirty girl did not equal dirty car.
The run was awesome! I have no idea how long it took me because I was too excited to pay attention to when I started. I took off and blew by the first water station without noticing for the same reason. I started to feel it when I was running, thirst. I decided to wear some props since they said to wear a costume. Can you guess who I was by looking at the pictures? It was fun. People were calling me my character's name. Some took pictures of me. I channelled my characters toughness as an extra push throughout the race and I was a favorite in the costume contest tho I didn't win. I decided that I would always wear a kick butt characters costume since I like the boost in determination it gave me. I didn't have trouble with any of the obstacles. They weren't easy but I didn't feel that I had to skip them or anything. Since I am short, I did have to drop by faith, stretch my legs like crazy, take a leap of faith, and use my arms to compensate for some things my legs were not long enough for. IT WAS AWESOME. I lost a shoe in the tires and scraped my knees in the mud trenches, other than that no hiccups. The obstacles gave me a chance to stop running and catch my breath. I had to stop a couple more times to get my breathing right. I breath like I'm hyperventilating when I run. It works against you. <-- Lack of training at its best. It will get better with conditioning.
I had mud everywhere! It was the dirtiest I have ever been in my life. It was AWESOME! It was all caked down my legs. My friend told me to go commando to avoid chaffing and unnecessary accumulation of mud in certain areas. Thank goodness I listened. I had to go directly to rise of the warrior 9 to support some of my fighter buddies, but I didn't have time to bathe. Thank goodness they are the unconditional types. The event was more than an hour away. I was a hot mess. When I finally got to take a shower, I killed the loofa and was bright pink from hot water and scrubbing. I didn't feel sore right away. It didn't start kicking in until late the next day. The soreness was really from the running. It was slightly legs and mostly ankles. It hurts but stretching is ideal. Rotating my ankles meant the difference between being unable to move on the 3 day and actually being able to do everything including going back to the gym. Back to the gym? One of the best things you can do for soreness is workout again. Taking a vitamin, fish oil, hot showers, walking, massages, and drinking water also helps a lot.
The event was amazing and there is really something special about the sense of accomplishment you get when you do something like this. I loved it so much that I already signed up for my next one which is in less than 2 weeks! I am sure I will write about it.
Maybe you should try one soon.
Looking for something a little more playful and fun to start with? Look into the 5k Foam Fest <-- Click it!