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Getting Pretty Muddy on the set of Daytime

by Meghann on October 9, 2012

Watch out America, Kat and I are coming to a TV near you!


And we’re not afraid to get “Pretty Muddy” either. πŸ˜‰

This morning Kat and I had the awesome opportunity to represent Pretty Muddy on the nationally syndicated morning talk show Daytime. In case you missed my post on them last week, Pretty Muddy is a women-only mud race that’s coming to Tampa on November 10th. They invited a few racing enthusiasts to a focus-group type dinner last Wednesday and on Friday I got an email asking if I wouldn’t mind getting muddy for a TV segment they had coming up – heck yeah!

So I put my best ready-to-get-muddy face on and showed up at the WFLA-TV studio at 9:30am on the dot.


Some of the Pretty Muddy crew were already outside prepping the mud pit for the segment. As they were mixing the mud, we joked that it resembled brownie batter, which got us thinking – how cool would it be to do a race through brownie batter instead of mud? I’d be down!


Something new I learned – they only use special top soil dirt for the mud on the Pretty Muddy course so you don’t have to worry about getting knicked by rocks or branches. It also means the mud is really silky to dive through and sticks to you a little better for all those awesome muddy race photos.


Unfortunately there was a little miscommunication on what time they would be filming our segment and when it would air. Daytime pre-records all of their shows and had 2 episodes to film before ours (which won’t air until Thursday – doh!). We were given a new call time of 12:15ish, which gave us a couple of hours to kill before mud time.

No big deal. We were all getting a little hungry and Oxford Exchange (a place I’ve been dying to try since it opened last month) was just a short walk away.


Oxford Exchange is right across the street from University of Tampa (on Kennedy) and is GORGEOUS inside. It’s a “retail and dining center” that combines a restaurant, coffee shop, tea house, bookstore, home decor shop and private office suites. For the first five minutes I walked around aimlessly just checking everything out.


We entered the side that was opposite of Kennedy and found ourselves in a unique bookshop. Then we followed the hallway that brought us to the sitting area in the middle. On one side you had Tebella (and their fabulous selections of teas)…


and on the other was Buddy Brew Coffee (and their locally roasted coffee).


At the end was a home decor shop and to the right of that was the Oxford Exchange restaurant (did I mention this place was huge?).


Originally we were just going to grab a snack from Buddy Brew, but the restaurant pulled us in. They were still serving breakfast and we all agreed we could eat a good meal.


I ordered the avocado, poblano pepper, feta, and tomato omelet. I thought it needed a little salt, but besides that it was delicious. The bread on the side was great as well. It was thick and hearty. I wonder if they bake it in house or source it locally?


The omelet came with a citrus salad with mini balls of scones (not sure what they’re really called, but they tasted like mini scones to me. πŸ˜‰ )


I was really impressed with the overall look and feel of the restaurant. I discovered online that they serve afternoon tea (complete with mini pastries and sandwiches) from 3-5, so I’d love to return for that.

Also, they give you the check in a book. How fun is that?   


After we finished brunch, we headed back to the mud pit.

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Almost ready to roll!


TV is funny. It took the Pretty Muddy team close to 3 hours to build the mud pit, the Daytime producers/cameramen 20 minutes to figure out how to shoot the mud pit, and a good 15 minutes of multiple retakes to get what will probably be less than 5 minutes of airtime. Eh. What can you do? πŸ˜‰   


We practiced our set-up first, then the host (Lindsay) joined us by the mud pit for the interview.


The actual interview was short – only 3 minutes of airtime. Lindsay introduced the concept of Pretty Muddy to the audience (or “Pretty Money” as she kept referring to it in previous takes – that made me laugh!) and asked Kevin various questions on where the idea of Pretty Muddy came from, why women should do the race, what does it entail, etc. etc.


At the end of the interview she challenged Kat and I in a crawl across the mud pit.


Kevin did the countdown and on 3 it was time to get muddy.

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So much fun! It probably took us 15 second to crawl from one end of the pit to the other, but we were all dying laughing at the end.


Then we decided to do it again. Because, why not?


I <3 mud!


And that was a wrap! Lindsay did the send off and we all hosed off with the hose outside.


Oh, and do you recognize our host?! I knew the face, but I couldn’t pinpoint where from until Kat figured it out..

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She’s Lindsay from Real World Seattle!

Probably one of like 5 seasons of Real World I actually watched! Can you believe this season of Real World aired 14 years ago now?! I remember watching it when was all new. Man, time flies!

Now you can catch Lindsay on Daytime weekday mornings at 11:00am. (check here to see what channel the program airs in your area!)


Our segment should be the last segment on Thursday’s show – I’ll let you know if that changes!

1 NYC Fit Girl October 9, 2012 at 3:37 pm

That’s exciting Meghann! I have never done a mud race but I have been having the itch for a while to do one! I wonder if Pretty Muddy is coming to NYC!
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2 Megan @ Megan's Munchies October 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

I totally remember Lindsay! What a FUN experience!!
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3 erica October 9, 2012 at 3:45 pm

i loved that season of the realworld!
14 years ago?!?! that makes me feel very old.
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4 Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer October 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Oh man – looks like a total blast! Amazing how much goes into setting up a quick segment! Thanks for helping out with this!
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5 Kathy October 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

As I first started reading I was thinking that first picture of the two of you is adorable …bright fuchsia is a great color on you! Then, the last two pics made me smile even more….you look like you are having so much fun!! I mean what else can you do but laugh when covered in mud right? Too Cute!

Maybe a mud pit at the wedding reception should be discussed? (joking..ha!)

6 natalie @ will jog for food October 9, 2012 at 4:35 pm

How fun!! I can’t believe that season was SO long ago. It was one of the ones I watched too. Makes me feel OLD! hehe
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7 Dori October 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

OMG YOU MET LINDSAY FROM REAL WORLD SEATTLE. I was OBSESSED with her. I loved her voice and her personality and that entire season. I am so jealous! Also, your omelet looks so delicious. I want to do a mud run!
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8 Beth October 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I soooo want to go to the Oxford Exchange! Glad you gals got to do a mini review of it. Also AWESOME on the tv spots. You supastahs!

P.S. I see that Lindsay all over Tampa. She seems pretty nice and normal considering how crazy The Real World is.
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9 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 9, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Lol real world Seattle was before my time, I think Vegas might have been the first I watched? And that mini obstacle looks like a blast, what a fun opportunity!
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10 Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale October 9, 2012 at 5:02 pm

I am all about the omelets these days — so yours really piqued my interest!!! Yum!
Ps. Your hair looked TOTALLY adorable! (The rest of you did too, but it was the hair that caught my eye). πŸ™‚
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11 Mindy Artze October 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

Looks like a fun time! Guess you got to make a day of it huh?
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12 Cher @ Weddicted October 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

What an exciting opportunity! Looks like you had a great time. Isn’t it funny how much work goes into television production for what is actually such little air time? Feel sorry for the ones who set it up!
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13 Annette @FitnessPerks October 9, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Haha. That looks so fun! Muddy indeed πŸ™‚
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14 hilary October 9, 2012 at 6:57 pm


15 Brittany @Berries and Barbells October 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Your bunch looks fabulous and your 15 seconds in the mud looks like a blast!!
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16 Danielle @ Itsaharleyyylife October 9, 2012 at 7:17 pm

this looks like so much fun! congrats!
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17 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats October 9, 2012 at 7:22 pm

That omelet looks fantastic. But then again I think anything with avocado looks fantastic πŸ˜‰ the shoot looks like a blast! And I totally remember watching that season of RR. Remember when the other girl got slapped?! Can’t believe that was 14 years ago.
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18 Laura October 9, 2012 at 7:37 pm

Pretty muddy sounds like an awesome event. I would totally do something like that. You should check out my recent post about Charity Miles. I think it might be something that you’re into.
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19 Caitlin October 9, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Lindsay use to be a radio host here in Atlanta and I loved her, was sad to see her go! So cool you got to meet her.

20 Val October 9, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I went to the Oxford Exchange on Saturday, it’s my new favorite place! So pretty inside, I can’t wait to try there breakfast.

21 Rebecca October 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

There is nothing more fun than running in the mud!
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22 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles October 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm

So cool that you got to be on the show! I’d love to do a mud run someday.
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23 Megan October 10, 2012 at 9:12 am

where was that place when I went to UT?!?! LOL looks amazing!

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