I finally did my first mud race!
Mud virgin no more!
It was an epic day, of sorts…full of fun, mud, and girlie laughs and goof-around time!
I was up bright and early to try to get to the event location at least 45 minutes before the start of our wave. I met up with Heather and Beks in the parking lot as we made our way to the area where the festivities were held!
Little Everglades Ranch is a huge, beautifully laid out location in Dade City which was about an hour away from me. Once I got there, I saw it was the perfect location for a mud race with a massive, rustic space….and definitely the Pretty Muddy!
Once we walked up to the front I immediately noticed a friend who I’d known only online via our partnership with Pretty Muddy, Courtney from Journey of a Dreamer!
* Disclosure: a couple of months back, Pretty Muddy was looking got bloggers through TBLB to join forces for this women’s race. They comped my entry and were also the reason I was on Daytime for a segment on the race before it happened. All opinions about the race are my own.
Mile 1: Such a fun start! I immediately saw the bubble tunnel up ahead and yelled “BUBBLESSSSSS!!” which probably a scared every man, woman, and child in close proximity, but I didn’t seem to care….I was being a 12-year-old muddy princess/fairy! We ran through the glorious bubbles and then saw our first obstacle up ahead: a cold water pit. Hi-Ho silver, away! Done and done! The trail of the run was pretty even, but I was sure to watch for “cautious” areas and yell for our group to take it easy because “we have races coming up, careful!!” Next up was our first mud pit, which appeared innocent enough…I’d done that on national tv! Nope, not the case. It was like quick sand and I got stuck…super stuck. I caused a bit of a traffic jam until I was able to free myself from the concrete.
Photo courtesy of Meghann, she was our “on the course” photographer with the water proof camera, all of the course photos were thanks to her – thanks for being a trooper Meghann!
Mile 2: After the quick sand snafu, we found the area that said “Wood you?” where we were to grab a 2×4 and carry it around a loop before dropping it off and continuing on. Then, up ahead there was the most magnificent of obstacles…if you can call it that. A gigantic water/mud slide?! BEST. SLIDE. EVARRRRR. Over and unders ensued, before we were on the final stretch back to home base.
Mile 3: Easy breezy! There was an awesome beach ball pit we ran through and then more over and unders. We were home free! Beks and I formulated a plan to do a little more of a jig at the finish….making B.o.B. proud with Gangham Style before the last mud pit. Since she couldn’t do it at Augusta, we did it
in her honor 😉
The creators of Pretty Muddy were sure to have an area to rinse off and change afterwards so that be could all enjoy the post-race shenanigans.
Such a fun fun day! My friend Syl also brought her sister with her – it was a big day with so many of my friends! Lots of music and laughs for all!
I even made a new friend with Courtney’s daughter and made sure she left with my princess tiara…it did look way cuter on her 😉
Thanks to the entire Pretty Muddy group for letting me and the Tampa Lady Bloggers take part in this crazy day! I’ll definitely see you all next year!