What You Should Know For Your First Mud Run

What You Should Know For Your First Mud Run

I didn’t take my phone with me to take pictures because I didn’t want to risk getting it muddy. All photos are courtesy of Aloha, Dirty Girl Mud Run, and Gameface Media.

A couple weeks ago I ran my first Dirty Girl mud run. The Dirty Girl mud run is an all-women and all-levels 5k run with 10-12 obstacles and lots of mud. These tips are specifically for the Dirty Girl run, but some of the tips could also be applicable to other mud runs as well.

1. Wear clothes that you don’t mind losing when you’re done. I wore these compression capris, and they made it out okay. But I tossed my socks, underwear, shirt, and sports bra. They probably could have been salvaged if I had been willing to put in the effort, but I had already planned on throwing them out when I was done.

2. Wear comfortable shoes that are old or cheap. You’re probably not going to want to keep these when you’re done either. Dirty Girl will have a place where you can put shoes when you’re done to be cleaned and donated.

3. The tighter, the better. Mud is going to get everywhere. You don’t want mud inside your shorts or pants to be dragging them down as you’re trying to complete the course.

4. Take advantage of the free checked bag. Dirty Girl offers one free bag check per runner. Use a backpack or gym bag to bring a change of clothes, flip flops, a washcloth, a towel, and a trash bag. You’ll be able to rinse off using hoses, but a washcloth will help you get off more dirt than just water. Dry yourself off, change, and throw everything dirty in the trash bag. Note: the hose stations aren’t private so you’ll want to wear under clothes you’re comfortable stripping down to in front of other women.

What You Should Know For Your First Mud Run5. Bring an extra towel for the ride home. Even though you’re going to be a lot cleaner after rinsing and changing, you still might not want to sit directly on your car seat.

6. Don’t keep anything on you when you run. This includes jewelry, fitness trackers, keys, phones, and anything else you don’t want to get dirty. Unless you skip a lot of the obstacles, you’ll have mud everywhere.

7. Have fun! The Dirty Girl mud run is truly an all levels course. While some obstacles are more challenging than others, none of them are all that difficult. At the end of the day it’s about having fun and be able to laugh at yourself as you complete each obstacle.

What You Should Know For Your First Mud Run

 

June Goals

june goals

I’m about a week late on this, but it’s never too late to set goals, right? May ended up being a busier month than I expected. And June is going to be even busier. All of my weekends are booked through the 4th of July weekend! That being said, I still have some June goals that I want to accomplish.

  1. Complete the first four weeks of Kayla Itsines’s Bikini Body Guide. Two weeks ago, I did the first week. And then last week I didn’t do anything. These workouts are no joke! I only made it halfway through the first one I did and couldn’t walk for two days because I was SO sore after 15 minutes of working out. If I can get through the first four weeks, I know I’ll start to see a difference in my body and strength.
  2. Read 5 books. This one is ambitious, especially considering that we’re a week in and I’m still on my first one. But I have two books (including the one I’m currently reading) that became available from my digital library that I need to finish before they expire. And I’ve been able to get three books from BookSpark’s Summer Reading Challenge June books that I also want to read. Wish me luck!
  3. Write. Yes, I do want to write here more. I also want to do more creative writing. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve always wanted to write a novel. Reading Big Magic last month definitely inspired me to work on some more creative projects. Some creative writing this month would be a great start to that.
  4. Walk at least 10,000 steps a day. My office is doing a team walking challenge with up to 25,000 steps a day counting for points. Most week days I can get 10,000 easy between walking Jessie and my commute, but weekends are going to be a bigger challenge for me.

What do you want to accomplish this month?

What I Read May

What I Read May

Big Magic ★★★★★

I borrowed this book from my digital library and was only about a third of the way through before I bought a hard copy on Amazon. Elizabeth Gilbert gives an honest look at the creative process. I’ve always considered myself to be a creative person, but I haven’t been making my creativity a priority. Reading this made me want to start writing more again and creating things.  One of the parts that I enjoyed most was getting an inside look at Gilbert’s path as a writer. She got small breaks here and there, but didn’t really make it big until she published Eat, Pray, Love. I highly recommend Big Magic if you’re in need of a creative spark. It might be exactly what you need.

Bossypants ★★★★☆

I listened to this one on audiobook on a long drive. Tina Fey narrated it, and I’m so glad I chose to listen to this one instead of read it. Hearing the stories straight from Tina Fey’s mouth made them even better. I laughed out loud through the whole memoir. And I learned a lot about Tina Fey that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. If it’s possible, listening to Bossypants made me love her even more.

The Nightingale ★★★★☆

I’m not always the biggest fan of historical fiction, but everyone seemed to be reading and loving this so I gave it a try. The Nightingale is about two sisters in France during the WW2. I got completely caught up in the story immediately. I was rooting for both sisters and found myself on edge any time either was in danger. The ending both surprised me and pulled at my heartstrings. The novel has its emotional moments throughout, but the ending was especially touching.

 

What I Read May

First Comes Love ★★★★☆

I got an advanced copy of this from the publisher through Net Galley. It was the only May book from BookSparks’ Summer Reading Challenge that I was able to get my hands on. I loved Emily Giffin’s other novels, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. First Comes Love tells the story of two very different sisters. The story is told from alternating points of view of each sister. What I loved the most about First Comes Love was how real the characters were. Josie and Meredith are flawed individuals, still trying to recover from a family tragedy fifteen years later. Their story was honest and emotional. I wanted to keep learning more after their story was over. I personally was more interested in Josie’s story. I tend to be more attracted to the free-spirited character. I think I would have loved this more if the whole story had been from her point of view. I enjoyed the dynamic of the competing viewpoints, but I found myself rushing through Meredith’s chapters to read Josie’s. Overall, First Comes Love was extremely well written. It’s a story that you’ll love and relate to, especially if you have a sister.

Dorothy Must Die ★★★☆☆

This one came recommended by Christine. As much as I loved the idea of it, I didn’t love this novel. I thought about giving up about a quarter of the way in. Then things got interesting about halfway through. And then I finished it pretty quickly because I wanted to finish it, not because I really cared what happened. If you’re a die hard Wizard of Oz fan, this one might be for you. It just wasn’t for me. It’s the first of a series, and I don’t think I’ll be picking up the next one anytime soon.

What did you read this month?

5 More Things You Might Not Know About Me

I did a post in January of 5 things you might know about me. Obviously as a blogger, my blog doesn’t tell my whole story. There are a lot of things about me that aren’t worth mentioning in a regular blog post. These kinds of posts are so much fun for me to write, and I love to read them on other blogs. Here are 5 MORE things you might not know about me.

1. Growing up I was a bookworm and wanted to be an author and a librarian. I’m still a little bit of a bookworm, but I know now that being a librarian is no longer for me. I’d still like to write a book one day.

5 more things you might not know about me

2. Spiders and heights are my two biggest fears. I have a hard time getting close enough to a spider to even kill it with a shoe!

3. If I could live anywhere, I’d live at the beach. I don’t have to live right on the sand, but breathing the salty ocean air makes me so happy.

4. I love taking photos. I don’t use my DSLR camera often enough, but I love using it every time I pull it out.

5 more things you might not know about me

5. My ultimate goal is to work for myself. I don’t have a plan yet. I have big dreams to do work as a freelance writer, do graphic design work, and own my own shop. I don’t know yet how that might play out. Whatever ends up working for me and makes me happy is good enough for me.

Tell me something I might not know about you!

5 more things you might not know about me

 

What I Read March & April

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what i read

The Martian ★★★★☆

I really enjoyed this novel, but I would have loved it even more if I hadn’t seen the movie first. The movie follows the book very closely, which I love, but it made the book less exciting to get through when I already knew what was going to happen and even some of the jokes. If you haven’t seen the movie (which I highly recommend!), read the book first. It’s funny and suspenseful. I loved the main character. He’s easy to relate to, and it’s fun to watch him try to survive on Mars.

A Window Opens ★★★☆☆

A Window Opens is about a mom of three’s adjustment when she goes back to work full time after her husband leaves his steady job at a law firm. I did enjoy reading through her ups and downs, but I didn’t find the story to be anything special. I might have enjoyed this more if I were in a different stage of my life and understood the working mom lifestyle better.

what i read

Saint Anything ★★★★☆

I’ve loved Sarah Dessen since middle school. I can honestly say I love everything she’s written, and this was no exception. Saint Anything is about a girl whose brother is in prison, and her parents keep her on a tight leash because of it. When she switches to a new school, she gets out of her comfort zone and makes new friends who change her life. It’s an easy read that leaves you wanting more of her story.

The Grownup ★★★★★

I’ve read all of Gillian Flynn’s novels, and this is my favorite thing that she’s written. It’s a short story so you only need about 45 minutes to finish, and once you start you’re not going to want to put it down. It’s perfectly creepy and twisted. A lot of the reviews on Goodreads have issues with it being so unresolved, but I like that it’s kept open ended. It leaves a little extra mystery. Plus if you have a Kindle (or even just the Kindle app on your phone), the Kindle version is only $2.99!

Pretty Girls ★★★★☆

I saw someone on Twitter saying not to read this one because it’s so disturbing. But because so many people have recommended it, I went for it anyway. Full disclosure, I love dark, twisted stories. Not gory, which is probably why I’m usually not a huge fan of horror movies, but give me a dark story to read, and I won’t want to put it down. This is a dark, twisted story. It involves kidnapping and sexual abuse, which are certainly disturbing topics. But if you’re a fan of Law & Order or other similar crime shows, you’ll love this book. It’s suspenseful and full of surprises that’ll keep you hooked until you know how it ends.

 

May Goals

May Goals

May is filling up for me quickly already! All of my weekends are just about booked up, and work is going to pick up. I’m really looking forward to everything I have planned! And I also have a lot of May goals.

  1. Run at least twice a week. Now that the weather is better for working out outside (when it’s not pouring), I don’t have any excuses. I still want to run a half marathon by the end of the year so I need to start getting serious.
  2. Read at least 4 books. I’m a little behind on my 2016 reading goal so I need to step it up this month. I have a lot of driving coming up this weekend so I should be able to get in an audio book or two.
  3. Meal plan. My boyfriend and I love to talk about eating healthier. It’s time to start taking action and cook more healthy meals at home. Last night we made an amazing salmon crusted in parmesan and parsley with roasted asparagus. Eating healthy can still be delicious.
  4. Blog! I’m excited to put more effort back into this space. I want to post regularly again and make some improvements.
  5. 30 day yoga challenge. I never finished it when I started in March. Yoga is great to fit in, even when I’m traveling.

What do you want to accomplish this month?

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