Monday, July 25, 2011

The Warrior Dash Race Report!

Hi everyone! Sunday I experienced my first Warrior Dash race! Oh my goodness, we had an absolute blast! I made the trip with two of the coolest people....my co-workers Stefanie and Laura. Stefanie and I work side by side every day at the medical center's women's imaging department. We both work as mammo technologists and perform breast imaging procedures. We have so much in common including fitness. I am a runner and Stefanie is a fitness competitor. One day at work I got an e-mail from the people at the Warrior Dash asking for possible competitors for the famous race. I said, "Hey Stef let's do this!" She looked at me like I was a little crazy and said, "I don't know Julie....I will think about it." I then said, "Alright, you have until tomorrow sista! But...you know you are so doing this with me!" The next day we ended up registering together and signed up to be in the 4pm wave on Sunday. Our co-worker Laura came with us to be our cheerleader and photographer:) Thank you Laura! We love you! Laura and I have known each other for years. She is my mentor and I first met her when I was a mammo student at the University of Minnesota Breast Center. Laura is the best supervisor ever....she gives me days off when I need them for very important things! Laura also reads my blog and has been following it from day one! I sort of look at her like the older sister I never had:) We all met up in our work parking lot and drove almost an hour to the Afton Alps Ski Resort in Hastings. I parked my van in a huge corn field and walked up to catch the bus that would drive us to the start line.




I was all smiles and super excited! This is a picture of my personal photographer Laura:)



Stefanie and I on the bus. LOL, this was the best out of about 8 windy pictures....no such thing as perfect!

Many runners donated their race shoes after the race for a great charity....including Stefanie! We picked up our race packets, t-shirts and warrior horns! Yea! Warrior horns!




Pinning our race bibs on. Putting our timing chips on our shoes.


Two tough Chicas ready to rock and roll!

As I mentioned earlier, Laura reads my blog and knows I like to take random pictures of interesting people or things. Check out this guy!!
I love it! Dudes racing in dresses! Stefanie and I checking out the runners from an earlier wave making their way down to the finisher's corral.





Here are a few pictures of us hanging out waiting for our 4pm wave to start.

Stefanie, Laura and me:) Stefanie and I finally in line for the race.


We may or may not of been discussing our strategy for the race:) Ha ha! We just wanted to finish in one piece, not cuts, no blood, no puking or broken bones! Our goal was to finish under an hour and have fun! We got this one!

Right before the start.

Stefanie and I placed ourselves in the middle of the pack. We started off at an easy steady pace. Everything was going great for a few short minutes. Our first real obstacle was this big ass hill! Holy cow it was brutal! So many people ended up walking up all of it or some of it. We walked up about half of it. There were so many obstacles to make our way through, under or over but the hardest in my opinion was the crazy monster hills! You have to remember that the course was set on a ski resort. After making it up that big daddy of a hill we continued on with a slow jog....nice and easy. Before we knew it we had a few obstacles to tackle. I think the first one was the treacherous typhoon. WOW!!!! This one shocked the hell out of us! I knew it was coming but didn't expect it to be as fierce! The wall of water and gale force winds was absolutely stunning! As in...I can't breathe! I was smacked in the face with the strong and stinging water mixed with powerful winds! I kept on thinking, when and the hell am I going to make it all of the way through this one! Once we made it through I couldn't stop laughing! We looked like drowned rats and I was still so shocked....laughing only seemed natural:) We had several more super fun obstacles to take on. There was a scrap yard course, a few walls to climb & get over, and planks to make our way across. There was one or two of the climbing walls where I was holding on for dear life. I do not like heights and was a little scared but kept on moving. Stefanie and I made our way through most of the obstacles like rock stars and had a ton of fun. The race was well organized and there were tons of volunteers greeting us with smiles! The course continued and we made our way at an easy and steady pace. We ran through a sand pit and a few very muddy running paths. There were several up and down hills with rough road, tree roots and rocks to watch out for. Finally we made our way up the last hill and saw the petrifying plunge water slide! Yay! The joy of knowing we were almost done! We continued our way down the slide and ran up to the fire pits...two of them:) Piece of cake!


Me and Stefanie approaching the fire pits.

After the second fire pit we had to get on our stomachs and crawl through mud while working our way under barbed wire! Good Lord! It was so gross and smelly! I got so much mud under my shirt and in my sports bra....so gross! We got out of the mud pit and ran together over the finish line!!!

There you have it....Stefanie and Julie out of the pit but covered in mud!

We were both laughing and excited because we were done! We were also both thinking we have got to do this again next year!





Woo hoo! We are warriors! We did it! We finished our very first Warrior Dash! There was no cuts, blood, puking or broken bones! We came in well under an hour and had fun too...mission accomplished!









After the race and eating a banana we headed to the hoses to get some of the mud off of us. We must of spent at least 10 minutes getting hosed off. The water felt amazing and I am pretty sure the two guys hosing people off were enjoying their jobs:) There were tons of Chicas taking off their shirts and getting showered off wearing their sport bras. I may or may not of lifted my shirt up to get some of the yuck out of there:)



Here we are sort of clean.



Stefanie and I are still smiling!

All I can say is that it was so refreshing to do a non-serious race! The Warrior Dash was so much fun! I am so very glad that I did it and we are planning on doing it again next year for sure! Happy running, biking, swimming, lifting and surfing! Cheers to you all!

65 comments:

  1. Julie muddy-priceless!! No puking, no blood-kinda disappointed here-ha! I had a couple of friends also doing that race! They had a blast! Looks like so much fun. I totally get the feeling of a refreshing non-serious race. Definitely the type of race to do with a friend where you can spend at least half of it laughing!!! Glad you had such a great time Julie!

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  2. Congratulations WARRIOR!

    How do I get a personal photographer like you have?

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  3. awesome!! I've wanted to put myself through this... congrats!

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  4. Julie - It sounds like you had an absolute blast!! Congrats on being a Warrior. Cool medal as well.

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  5. OOOOMMMMGGGG!!!! I did this earlier this year and I will say, that was the funnest race that I have EVER DONE!!!!

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  6. SO MUCH FUN!!!
    I'm so glad you went and did this. It sure sounds interesting. And I like how it seems each Warrior Dash course varies. I guess I'll see how Oregon's is in a month and a half. I'm hoping that we DON'T have hills like you did!

    Congrats on being a kick ass Warrior!

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  7. Looks like you had a blast. How fun to have a friend come to photograph it all!

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  8. Words fail me Julie....you're mad! Nevertheless, many congratulations for a stunning result and putting up with all those daunting obstacles. If the pictures are anything to go by it seems you had a real fun time. Ah, what it is to be young!

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  9. I cannot wait to do a warrior dash!!! I especially want to crawl under the wire in the mud : )

    What a blast!

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  10. You guys look great in mud! Very becoming!

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  11. Love it!! It sounds like you had a blast!! I did a Muddy Buddy run last year and absolutely loved it!!

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  12. WOE Julie - it looks like you guys had such a fun time and AWESOME pictures
    (Stef looked like she had a good time too!!)

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  13. Looks like y'all had sooo much fun! I loved looking at all the pictures!

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  14. way to go steph! i'm glad you were able to talk her into it. adventure races are so much fun!

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  15. in case you thought i forgot you are julie... i did not. i was cheering on your friend so that she continues to join you in your escapades :)

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  16. You both had so much fun, you can tell by all the photos. Great report Julie.

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  17. LOLOL! That is so funny! You know what they do at those Tough Mudders? They send you through a 10000 volt obstacle at like mile 14! UH UH!!!

    what's up with the tanks and shorts? Is it over 40 degrees up there yet? :-)

    That's such a great pick of y'all coming out of the mud. Way to RAWK it!!

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  18. Haha I love those mud pics! You are hardcore! I've never dared do a muddy race haha

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  19. i wanna do it too!!!!

    great race and great pix! love all the smiles

    aneta
    www.runningbucket.com

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  20. It's easy to see that you both enjoyed that race :) beautiful and detailed report!
    Have nice runs agains, Julie!

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  21. What an event! Awesome you guys decided to do this what a blast! love the photos :)
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  22. Julie, that looks totally awesome. I so regret not signing up!

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  23. Super Julie! The non-serious stuff is always the most fun. This is really awesome, well done!

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  24. This sounds like so much freaking fun!!! I SO want to do one of these races!

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  25. WOW! you two rock. can i come next year?!!!

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  26. Freaky fun, really it is. haha
    I Loved those brave beautiful ladies :D

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  27. Awesome! I missed the one here, but defintely planning to do it next time. Looks like you guys had an awesome time!

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  28. Excellent race report. Yeah... I will have to sign up for this puppy at some point. Just did Ragnar Relay with 10 of my closest, smelliest, hungriest friends.

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  29. Love it! You ladies are so gorgeous and inspirational. What a fun day for you!

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  30. Congrats to Julie the Warrior! Is that a crazy or a funny race? Or both? I think funny because you have always a big smile on your lips!
    Great report!

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  31. Very cool. We had one of these out by our house I was thinking about it, until I found out that I would need to get my feet all squishy. That's kind of where I draw the line...

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  32. Well, as you can see, I am WAY behind on blog reading but after seeing your FB pic of this, I had to stop by and get the full-blown report! What an amazingly fun time - just what you needed Chica!! You look good with a little mud bath on you, too ... and bonus, it helps rejuvinate the pores, right?!? So cool you got to do that. There is one here in CO up in the mountains in a couple weeks. My PT is doing it and thought I should too....but it's the same weekend as Pikes Peak. Not that I am running PP....or am I? Hum!

    Miss you tons!!! Let's chat soon!
    xoxo

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  33. Awesome!! :) Always makes me so happy to hear people having fun doing these kind of 'running with a twist' events!

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  34. Awesome job! Maybe someday I'll do a race like this.

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  35. We covered The Warrior Dash in an episode of our travel show. Everyone we interviewed had a blast.
    Check out the episode here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJPi67_9WsY

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  36. looks like you had a blast at the warrior dash! I don't know if I would enjoy running with all that mud on me lol Guess I won't be signing up for a mud run anytime soon lol

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  37. I was in the wave an hour ahead of you. That was an amazingly fun time. I was in charge of keeping a non-athletic friend from breaking himself during the race, and we survived with no harm done.

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  38. So much fun! Great pictures girl!!
    I am doing my second Warrior Dash this September 17th in TN...def a great time!

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  39. Hey Julie! Don't know if you will get this. I can't find your last name:). Looking for you on FB:)

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  41. That seems like a great race - I did one like that last year and the only thing missing was a buddy to do it with - looks like you found one! Great stuff!

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  42. Looks like a ton of fun! I'm doing my very first race ever (Reindeer Run 5k) coming up in December! I can't wait till I am conditioned enough to tackle something fun like the Warrier! I hope they have something close to that here in NC. You're blog is inspiring! Can't wait to read more.

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  43. That race looks like so much fun!! www.dashingdiva.net

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  44. That sounds tough but totally fun, you almost have me convinced to try one. Laughing about the hose guys...what a job! :) Jess

    runningtobeskinny.com

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  45. Hi, just wanted to say hi, hope you are doing great!

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    Try these

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    did the mud do you in? :)
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  48. Every time I see someone at these events they seem like they are having so much fun. I can't wait to sign up for one. I was going to get my readers at www.runtolose.net to join me. What would you say is the best part? Just in case I need to do some convincing! :)

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  49. This looks like an absolute blast! I can't wait to participate in Warrior Dash here.

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  50. Nice job on the dash! I had a family member that did the dash and I can't wait to do it. Of course the mud pictures are the best ones haha!

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  52. This was the coolest yet messy run I've ever know. I'm interested to join in their next event.

    Jacob of running Philippines

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  53. Looks like so much fun! Recently started running again and getting inspiration from blogs like yours. Thanks!
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  54. I have to admit that sometimes you want to go to a trip with some friends that you can have a nice time. Instead of anyone.

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  55. A friend of mine has been bugging me to do one of these...sounds like it's a blast!


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  56. I love the flag and it looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

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  57. LOVE this! Looks like SO much fun! :) I enjoy your blog posts! I hope eventually I can get as many likes as you have. You go girl!

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  58. I remeber when i used to wear out me insoles and get holes in them from races like this

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  59. so so fun!! I cannot wait to do one of these and you two gals looks like little freaking hotties to boot! Great job :)

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