For the last few years now, I have been entering the Race For Life 5k events near to my home. I’m not a natural runner despite wanting to be, but I do enjoy the 5k for Race For Life, and it’s always an event that I compete with myself in, making sure I beat my previous year’s time. This year after signing up and completing the Moon Walk, my friend and I decided to take part in the Pretty Muddy event instead of running the standard 5k Race For Life event.
Pretty Muddy is a 5k course with inflatable obstacles and mud pits along the way. It sounded fun and a much easier task that completing an event like Tough Mudder.
This was my before picture as we were getting ready for the event to start. We could see a large pink inflatable slide at the side of the park and realised that this was going to be the last obstacle we would face, and were all excited about this. Instead of running the course, the team I was entering with decided to walk around due to various reasons, so we ended up having a nice chit chat as we quite literally went for a walk in the park.
To make sure we challenged ourselves as we weren’t running, we tackled the obstacles with speed, silliness and energy. The first obstacle was a set of pink tyres, but I was disappointed to see a distinct lack of mud, but as we neared the railway bridge we spied a large puddle left by Mother Nature rather than by the event itself. Still after running through it altogether we came out the other side with very wet feet and splashed which was a good start to getting muddy.
Going around the course, we crawled under nets, over ladder nets, through inflatable boulders swinging at us, inside tunnels and into large inflatable paddling pools filled with murky brown water.
There wasn’t as much mud as there was water, still we managed to have so much fun as we walked around the course. There were enough obstacles to keep us entertained until we reached the finale of the large pink inflatable slide. We had decided that we would all go down together holding hands, which in hindsight wasn’t a great idea as I must have gone slightly before everyone else and then got pulled back which has resulted in a very sore wrist that was sprained in the process.
The whole event was so much fun and I would do it all over again, but with more mud next time please! I ended up with paddling pools inside my trainers, which had to go straight into the bin when we got home, but I was expecting that. My once white socks ended up a murky get colour which was funny, and my pale pink top didn’t survive the wash, however it was all in a great cause.
Now I need to think of my next challenge. Any suggestions?