It’s amazing how quickly time flies when you’re having fun!
Warrior Dash Minnesota
On June 22nd, I completed Warrior Dash Minnesota with my husband and some friends. I’m thrilled that it wasn’t as hot as it had been the previous two years, but the obstacles were more difficult than previous years, so the overall difficulty was about the same.
The course was flipped, which it appears they may be doing every other year, so we started straight up the ski slope again. By the time I was at the top, my leg muscles were shaking.
I’m ashamed to admit it, but I had a moment on top of the military wall where I honestly thought I was going to fall and kill myself. My foot slipped and my legs were shaking so badly that I couldn’t find my footing. I screamed and my husband gave me a hand from the ground below, while a fellow Warrior helped get my foot back on the hold. I was able to get over and safely to the ground on the other side, but it got inside my head and I didn’t even attempt the next obstacle. After a few minutes of walking, though, I was able to get my head back into the game and didn’t have to skip any other obstacles. My husband then said he was going to take 40 seconds off of his official time to make up for him having to stop to help me. Yeah, we’re competitive like that.
Despite my troubles with the military wall this year, I think the toughest obstacle was the cargo net tube. I don’t know what their name was for it, but it was HARD. I heard surround sound cursing on that one!
I felt like I was struggling because I walked up every hill (but ran every downhill!). It was one of those races where I ask myself WHY I keep doing it to myself during the race, but then after the race I can’t wait for the next one. Runners are a sick bunch, I tell you!
With as much as I felt like I was struggling, I magically managed to hit a Warrior Dash PR by three minutes! Now, I really can’t wait for next year and am shooting for a sub-50 minute time.
Also, I’m sad to say it, but my husband has crossed the line before me two of three Warrior Dash races. However, if we’re talking about time, I’m still ahead overall by about four minutes.
Global Team Iowa
The week following July 4th found me at Wildwood Hills Ranch in St. Charles Iowa with River Valley Church. We were there to serve the ranch in any way that we could, ranging from kitchen staff, maintenance projects and working with the kids.
I personally spent the week in the kitchen helping prepare food, wash dishes, and clean up after meals. Those who know me find it entertaining that I spent my time in the kitchen since I don’t cook and hate cleaning. But, I think it’s exactly where I needed to be and I had a BLAST with those ladies! Also, it gave me such a huge appreciation for those who cook for others and I felt like I was channeling my grandmother, who was a lunch lady. Although I didn’t know her (she passed when I was just eight months old), I felt like I had a special connection with her from that experience.
During my time in the kitchen, I also got to know some of the adolescents who are “Leaders in Training.” They each started coming to the ranch as youngsters and a few shared their heartbreaking stories. Those girls are so special and it thrills me that they’re getting the opportunity to better their lives through Wildwood Hills Ranch. I won’t share details because their stories are not mine to share, but please go to the ranch’s website to learn more about what they do!
In an odd turn of events, I also participated in a commercial shoot while I was there! The ranch is hosting the Wild Boar Challenge, a mud/obstacle run, that will benefit the ranch. We were asked to run the course while being filmed so they could create a commercial to promote the run. I figured that slow runners like myself would be cut out of the shoot, since they had super fit participants from Ferrell’s Extreme Bodyshaping, but it was a fun experience anyway. You can see the video here. If you’re in the Des Moines area on September 28th and you love a challenge, I recommend signing up for the Wild Boar Challenge and supporting an awesome cause!
Lifetime Fitness in Coon Rapids, MN hosted an outdoor yoga session at a nearby park on July 25th. I joined a few of my running ladies for this event, which was open to the public. Three yoga instructors from Lifetime Fitness taught the class and it was wonderful. I hadn’t realized how tight my upper back muscles were! After class I felt so relaxed physically yet rejuvenated mentally. I would definitely do this again!
After yoga, we hit up a nearby bar for a delicious Curios Traveler beer and dinner. Such a perfect and beautiful night.
Marriage Night Cruise
River Valley Church hosts a Marriage Night Cruise on the St. Croix River for married couples every year. Of course, this was the first year Nate and I were able to attend, being the newlyweds that we are, so we gave it a go. We met a few people we hadn’t know before and spent some time chatting with the wonderful woman I call my “church mom.” The food was good, the scenery was lovely and the weather was gorgeous. Overall it was a beautiful evening.
Ragnar Relay Great River 2013
This one deserves a post of its own, which I hope to have up by the end of the weekend. Since it was 37 hours filled with lots of miles, countless porta potties, tons of laughs, a little sleep and some frustration, it’s taking me some time to put it into words that will make sense.
It was a lot of fun and even though I said at the finish line that I’d never do it again, I’m retracting that statement. I already miss my team and hope we’re reunited for next year’s Ragnar!
That sums up the recent big events.
In other news, my motivation for exercise left me a bit since my last post when I was doing morning workouts every day before work. Between the long weekend to Michigan for a cousin’s wedding, a summer cold and just getting lazy, I fell off the wagon in the two weeks leading up to Ragnar.
I’m still not back to morning workouts, but hope to start again next week. Ragnar left me with another shot of motivation and I’m hoping to keep it going even longer this time. I’ve already signed up for a few more races, which I’ll add to my race schedule tab.
Go out and kick some tushy today, folks!