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We Came, We Ran, We Got Pretty Muddy

by Meghann on November 10, 2012

Who’s ready to get Pretty Muddy?!

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Some races are meant to be serious. They include time chips, months of training, and defined goals. Some races are meant to be fun. Those include bubbles, girlfriends, and pink tutus.

Pretty Muddy was definitely a FUN race… and I had a BLAST!

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I <3 MUD!!!

Full disclosure: Pretty Muddy contacted the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers Facebook page a couple of months ago offering free race registrations to interested bloggers. In exchange for the free registration, we participated in a focus group and I had the opportunity to help with a daytime television segment a couple of weeks ago. Though my race entry was comped, all opinions are my own.

Alright – on with the race recap!

First, can I just say how much we lucked out with amazing weather today? It was a bit chilly when we woke up this morning (and we were nervous about how cold it would be mixing that chill in the air with wet clothes and mud), but once the sun came out, it was perfect! Not too hot and not to cold, the perfect mix of somewhere in between with a beautiful blue sky.

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Pretty Muddy took place at Little Everglades Ranch, about 30 minutes outside of Tampa. When we registered for the race we had the option of selecting a start time anywhere between 8:00am and 3:00pm (the time slots went every 15 minutes). As a group, we all agreed on 8:30am in hopes of avoiding the heat (ha! I guess we didn’t have to worry about that) and so we still had the rest of the day to enjoy after we finished the race. I carpooled with Stephanie, Diana, and Mary (which ended up working out great since parking was $10). We arrived about 30 minutes before our start time and had plenty of time to grab our bib, drop our bags in gear check, find the rest of the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers, and take some group photos.

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(Meghan, Diana, Beka, Me, Stephanie, Kat, Meghan, Mary, Tori)

While we were waiting for the gun, there was a costume contest for the best dressed Pretty Mudders.

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The SuperGirls took top prize. LOVED their outfits – made me wish I had dressed more in costume. :)

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The 8:30 group, ready to go.

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There were maybe 50 runners in our time slot? I liked how small the start groups were, we didn’t have to worry about running anyone over and there was no pressure at the start line. Everyone was here to have fun – plain and simple.

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GO!

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Our first obstacle came up quick – BUBBLES!

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It was one of those obstacles that you look at ahead of time and think “Bubbles?… Really?” (in a sarcastic tone), but then you get to race day, you run through the bubbles, and you feel like a kid again. We ran, we laughed, and we blew the bubbles every which way. In fact, I wouldn’t have minded running through the bubbles again, and again! :)

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Next up: puddle time!

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I guess they wanted to get our feet wet early. The water was cold, but it was fun splashin’ and kickin’ around.

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Proof that I’m a goof. :)

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You may recognize the pink tutu from the Disney Princess Half I ran a couple of years ago. When I saw other bloggers tweeting about tutus I decided to pull it out for the race and I’m so glad I did! There were a good amount of folks dressed up in costume and I felt like I fit right in. I also discovered a huge benefit to the tutu – the extra fluff gives you a nice place to wipe your hands off after you go through the mud! I’ll definitely be wearing a tutu for every mud run from now on. :)

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This was our first mud pit and it definitely proved a little more challenging than meets the eye.

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The pit was narrow – but deep! – and acted like quick sand when you stepped in.

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We were all fighting to get out thanks to stuck legs and feet. I wish I had a video of the full 5 minutes it took me to get from on side to the other.

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The extra muddy obstacle, was followed by a clean one.

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You were told to grab a piece of wood and carry it through a loop.

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Easy. Peasy. ;)

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First mile – done!

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Up next – my favorite obstacle of the day.

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The slide!!

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Some of us were more hilarious than other.

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Gotta love Beka, she’s not one to hold back. :)

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A little walking break…

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…before our next big hurdle.

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Hi Tori!

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One more mile to go!

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The next few obstacles consisted of a lot of over/under.

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Over.

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Under.

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Over.

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Under.

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Who knew mud was so much fun?

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So many “That’s what she said” jokes were made while entering, playing, and exiting the ball pit. Care to add your own in the comments?

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Another over/under.

Over.

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Under. Crawl baby, crawl!

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We could see the finish line at this point. Only two more obstacles to go!

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Loved the teamwork. We had a couple of friends who were afraid of heights or struggling to get over, we stayed and helped until every girl was over (and cheered them along the entire way).

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And, just in case you’re not muddy enough, they save the largest mud pit of all for the grand finale.

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VICTORY!

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I’ve been a proud race junkie since 2008. I’ve done 5ks, marathons, ulra-marathons, triathlons, relays, mud runs, obstacle courses, etc. etc. but out of all those years of racing I’m not sure that I’ve ever had as much fun as I did at Pretty Muddy today. Not only was the 5k Pretty Muddy course so much fun and perfect for their target market (women who want to do a mud run without the pressure of time, intimidating obstacles, or a crazy competitive agenda), but I had the pleasure of completing the course with a crazy supportive group of women who MADE it fun. As a group, we cheered each other on, made inappropriate jokes, dove head first into mud, and spent the entire 3.1 miles laughing, smiling, and letting our true selves shine.

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What. A. Blast.

I loved the no pressure feel of the race. It was a day for the girls and I haven’t stopped smiling since. Thank you Pretty Muddy for putting on one hell of a race! :)

Check out the post-Pretty Muddy tutu.

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I think I like i better this way.

There were hoses and changing tents for the Pretty Mudders to wash off at before heading home.

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We showered off, changed our clothes, and headed home with huge smiles on our face.

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Love these girls!

What an awesome way to kick off the weekend. We’re already talking about getting together for more “fun” races – Color Run anyone?!?! ;)

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