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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!

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And we’re not afraid to get “Pretty Muddy” either. ;)

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)…

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

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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?).

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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.

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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?

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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. ;) )

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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?   

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

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Almost ready to roll!

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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? ;)   

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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I <3 mud!

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

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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!)

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

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