Pretty Muddy Race Recap! Oh, it happened!

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.

Courtney and I …. While I was clean..always fun to meet IRL

Slowly and surely we found Michelle and then the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers crew! Jess was working the Gear Check, but we were sure to bug her repeatedly!
There was an awesome DJ and a fun announcer who was MCing the event, and we soon heard there was a call for costume contest participants….um, yes please! I dug up a tiara I found in my costume stash and had a tutu thanks to Holly that I was sporting too…a muddy princess?? Beks made her debut as muddy Batman, and we were set!
Maybe if I do a little jig??
Coming away losers, we brushed off our loss and were set to take more pre-race photos before heading off into the wilderness!

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.

Meghann, Mary, Diana, me, & Beka

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!

Jenny, Courtney, Kevin & his wife [whom he created this event for,] me, Beks, and Denise




HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    November 10, 2012, 10:02 pm

    Yeeeeeeeeee!!! So FUN!

    Glad you had a blast….but most importantly…got DIiiiRRRTy!

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    November 10, 2012, 10:06 pm

    I love your pic collages! I had so much fun today 🙂 Kinda sad one of us didn’t win the costume contest… sort of.

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    November 10, 2012, 10:13 pm

    I’m doing this race in Miami next weekend. Guess what!! My team name is MuddyPrincess HAHA! 🙂 I can’t wait!!

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    November 10, 2012, 10:26 pm

    Kat, I LOVE your costume! Such a cute idea! And it looks like a total blast!

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    November 10, 2012, 10:58 pm

    you couldnt possibly be more adorable in that outfit! <3 im so glad you had a great race!! way to go, lady!!

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    November 11, 2012, 12:11 am

    Yee haa! What a fantastic event. Congrats on getting through, and for looking pretty (muddy) the whole time 😛

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    November 11, 2012, 1:27 am

    I have never done a mud race, but you just made me want to do one so much more. It sounds fabulous and you looked to darn cute in your outfit. You are so pretty even covered in mud.

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      November 11, 2012, 4:02 am

      Haha thanks Abs! You should totally do one!

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    November 11, 2012, 2:23 am

    Great race today! And so nice to get the chance to meet you over lunch! Hope to see you again soon!

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      November 11, 2012, 4:02 am

      Great day indeed! I tried to comment on your blog by the way from my iPad and couldn’t enter it in :/

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    November 11, 2012, 4:19 am

    That looks so fun! Love your tiara too!

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    November 11, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Great recap! I’m ready for some more. I can’t believe how much I loved it!

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      November 11, 2012, 8:54 pm

      Thanks! I haven’t laughed that hard in a while 😉

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    November 11, 2012, 8:48 pm

    Looks like you had a blast girl!!!! Love all the pictures! Fun!!!

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    November 11, 2012, 9:34 pm

    I had such a great time and I’m so excited I got to meet you. I still wish I could have taken you home with me- you are SO fuN!!

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      November 12, 2012, 3:21 pm

      Haha indeed! You’re lucky I didn’t just jump in your stroller!

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    November 12, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Loved the recap and all the pictures – how fun!!!

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    November 12, 2012, 2:36 pm

    Oh I’m so proud. Tear. 😉

    Sad I missed this one. It looks like it was a total blast!!!

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      November 12, 2012, 3:22 pm

      Haha OMG B, next year you’re coming….it was a riot!

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    November 12, 2012, 10:08 pm

    Great recap! I loved all the photos too! You were rocking the tutu! Aren’t tutus fun to run in? Thanks for the shout out, mama!

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    November 13, 2012, 3:14 am

    This is awesome- looks like you had such a fun time! I loved your pics on Instagram, too. I really need to add this to my bucket list!

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    November 16, 2012, 11:10 pm

    That race look like SO much fun! And you’re adorable! Hope it comes to Portland soon!

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