Did they even have to ask? Heck yeah, we were!
Thus team “Dirty Bloggers” was formed.
Major props to Raffi and BondiBands for the official “Dirty Blogger” headbands. Bloggers like to get dirty, yo!
From the Dirty Girl website:
Dirty Girl is a 5k mud run for women of all ages and athletic abilities. Don’t worry, it’s not a “race” in the traditional sense.
It is an untimed obstacle course designed to push you slightly out of your comfort zone, but only as far as you are comfortable going. Forming teams is encouraged, and so is helping your fellow Dirty Girls get through to the finish. At a Dirty Girl Mud Run you’ll find excitement, laughter, and camaraderie—as well as lots of music and even some adult beverages. It’s a day you’ll never forget.
Yes, the Pretty Muddy run we did in November was a very similar mud run concept. So similar in fact that the two races were even at the same location: Little Everglades Ranch. One of the reasons I was so excited to do Dirty Girl was because I had so much fun at Pretty Muddy (getting muddy with a group of girlfriends = my idea of a good time!) and since they’re both national race organizations, I wanted to see how the two races compared with each other.
I hate to say it because I know half of the country has been covered in snow this weekend, but the weather in Florida has been amazing lately. This morning we had a picture perfect day for a mud run – clear blue skies and slightly cool temps.
We arrived about 20 minutes before our wave (which was the first of the day) and had no problems with check in or gear check. Everything went really smoothly in obtaining our bibs, shirt, and dirty girl necklaces. There were no lines for anything and our “Dirty Blogger” teammates were easy to spot in the minimal crowds.
For any other race, I’m usually not fan of gear check. I usually try to carry what I can so I don’t have to worry about the crowds with getting my bag afterwards. However, for a mud run, gear checking is essential. When you get that dirty in race – and your car is that far way – you want you towel and change of clothes as close as possible. We learned our lesson last time when we didn’t bring a change of clothes with us and ended up walking back with just a towel arounds our waists (sans pants) to retrieve them.
The classic “before” photo.
Tutus and mud runs rock! This was the tutu I made for my Belle costume last February for the Princess Half. Umm.. yeah.. not my best work, can’t say I was that upset about destroying it. 😉
Just before 8:00 we were heading to the start line, ready to get dirty.
First they pumped the crowd up with a little Zumba dancing
Then it was time to run!
Our first obstacle was an inflatable bumper slide of sorts.
It was a lot harder to climb than it looked. One bumper would grow as another deflated due to a person’s body weight. It took Mary and I a good minute to figure out a system of going up as a team and were able to balance the bumpers out.
Once we got to the top, the girl slightly ahead us did an accidental front flip and proceeded to roll down the rest of the inflatable slide. She was laughing the whole way down. Her method looked like fun, but the rest of us took the slide-on-the-butt approach.
The course was really well marked. Every bit of it had branded pink “Dirty Girl” caution tape guiding the way.
The first mud-based obstacle came next.
Starting us off light – just your average walk in the mud.
Then a quick clean-up in “H2OMG”
The slide gets an “A” for effort, but the blue bumper prevented everyone from sliding directly into the mud. I plopped down for a photo opt, otherwise I could have walked through without getting terribly muddy.
The 5k course had two water stations with plenty of water at each of them and friendly volunteers who served up the cups.
We took our time between obstacles and just had fun laughing and goofing off.
Mary was giddy as a school girl when we approached the big mud put with a net on top. Finally! An obstacle that really gets you muddy.
I told you bloggers like to get dirty!
The first half of the race took you through the wooded area of the ranch, while the second brought you through an open field where you basically zig zagged the rest of the race. It was kind of nice seeing what was coming up, but also not-so-nice since it took a little bit of the surprise out of it too.
The “Funky Monkey” was probably our least favorite obstacle.
There was just no easy way to do it. Crawling on all fours hurt your knees and sliding on your butt just took forever.
Look, I’m a Dirty Girl!
And for the grand finale…
There were girls that were lightly running through the final mud pit, but I told Mary, no way! We came here to get dirty and we were going to dirty it up before the cameras.
So we went swimming in the mud
Came out covered from head to toe
And danced our way through the finish line.
Three cheers to getting dirty!
And we can’t forget the final big group “after” shot! Team “Dirty Bloggers” for the win!
The post-race changing area was really nice. They had a large private tent set-up with hoses inside so women could hose off and change in private.
After the race they had a booth set up for shoe donations.
I hope my old Mizunos find a good home!
I thought Dirty Girl did a great job with the branding of this race (pink. everywhere. LOVE it.). Dirty Girl is marketed as an all-girl mud run, that’s just supposed to be a fun outing with the girls – plain and simple. There’s no pressure to go all out and they even remind you on the course that’s it’s okay to go around the obstacles if it’s too much. Dirty Girl’s goal is to take the fear of racing out of the competitors and just show them a good time. My group walked, laugh, and didn’t have even the faintest of a clue of where we were with time, nor did we care what our time was.
However, I have to say I was slightly disappointed by Dirty Girl’s obstacles. Maybe it’s because I just did Pretty Muddy on the same property, but if I were comparing the two I would say Pretty Muddy takes the prize for the obstacles. I thought there were more chances to get muddy on the Pretty Muddy course and the actual layout of the course just made more sense (for Dirty Girl you spent too much time in the open field). Plus, I thought the Dirty Girl course felt a little short in the end.
One last note, the course today was covered in horse poop. We joked it as our “extra” obstacle to dodge the piles of poop between the real obstacles. None of us remembered having the same problem during Pretty Muddy (maybe they cleaned it up before Pretty Muddy and forgot here? Who knows), but it was definitely noticeable today.
We all still had a blast! You seriously can not go wrong with a big group of girlfriends who are just out there to have fun. Not only were we having a good time, but we were moving and staying active. There was even a girl who ran with us who had never done any sort of “race” before and finished with the biggest smile on her face. You don’t have to be a big athlete to do a Dirty Girl mud run, you just have to be willing to get out there and do it.
Thank you, Dirty Girl, for showing the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers a great time!
We saw some pretty creative team names and costumes on the course today. If you were forming an all-girl mud run team, what would you call yourselves? What about costumes?
Full disclosure: Dirty Girl contacted the Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers a couple of months ago offering free race registrations to interested bloggers. Though my race entry was comped, all opinions are my own.