Last year my wife and I ran our first 5k obstacle mud run as a couple (my first ever, she had previously run a Tough Mudder). We loved it, ran a second race that fall, and this weekend was our third.
There are a slew of companies putting on mud runs these days, and while we hadn’t run one put on by Rebel Race once you’ve done one the format is pretty standard and simple: running through the woods, crawling over, under, or through muddy obstacles.
This race was no exception, and we had a blast!
We ran harder than we had in previous races, and when one or the other needed to slow or pause we did so as a team. There was plenty of shoe sucking mud, a prolonged run up the middle of a creek, things to climb or jump, and lots of beautiful scenery. At one point a large female deer even ran across the path ahead of us (likely terrified by the large number of people wandering through its neck of the woods).
It was a great experience. In our three races we’ve only encountered one negative person. Almost everyone there is supportive, encouraging, or at least happy to leave you alone. This race was no exception, with numerous strangers there to help cheer us on. While this course was more climbing than crawling, resulting in less mud up top than usual, we still ended it a dirty, happy mess.
If you haven’t tried one, I highly recommend it. Whether you are running or walking, it’s about showing up, pushing yourself, and having a great time. I can’t wait for our next one!