Monday, May 24, 2010

Warrior Dash!

So, I did the Warrior Dash on Saturday. It was EPIC!

The Warrior Dash is a 3.22-mile race with 11 obstacles, and it was awesomely intense!

The race was in Mountain City, Georgia, which is about 2 hours away from Atlanta. My wave didn't start until 5:30 PM, but Jeff and I left about 2 PM so we could get there a bit early and enjoy the scenery.

I ate a whole-wheat bagel with peanut butter and a banana in the car to carb-up a bit. I also guzzled gatorade, being I knew it would be burning hot out there!

We had to park at a high school a ways away from the event because the event was at a park in the city with little available space for cars. A lovely shuttle picked us up and took us to the event. It was VERY well-organized, which is a quality I love in any kind of event! We picked up packets and chilled for a bit, checking out the other crazies that would show up for such an event.

Number 1 crazy:

Some of the other crazies:

Finally, it was time to line up!

The race went something like this, though I think I'm mixing up some of the obstacles in the middle...

  • Main part of the run, maybe 2 miles, around the lake and up and down some hills
  • Wade or swim through muddy lake (shoes now completely wet and full of mud)
  • Run a bit
  • Run through laid-down tires (military-style)
  • Climb up wooden wall using rope
  • Climb up and over fisherman's net
  • Run over or through junked cars and trucks
  • Run through (muddy) forest in mountains with no real trail
  • Crawl through tubes
  • Climb over 3 short wooden walls (no rope)
  • Slide down muddy ravine on one's backside into 3 feet of mud and then crawl through said mud underneath real barbed wire strung about 1 foot over the mud
  • Another wade/swim through the lake, this time with wood logs to climb/roll over
  • Run a bit all dirty and muddy
  • Jump over flaming chunks of wood

Honestly, I didn't feel the greatest at the beginning of the race. I'm still not 100% recovered from my Haiti adventure, and while my endurance is still pretty good, my strength is lagging a bit. Running around the lake in the beginning was good, and I felt pretty strong then, but once we started climbing the moutain, I started losing steam.

I kept running until about the middle of the race; the trail run was STEEP and muddy though, so I walked a bit of it. I got a second wind after the trail run, and I finished strong through the mud, lake, and fire obstacles.

The fire was AWESOME!

After the fire I knew the end was close, so I gathered what strenth I had left and ran across the line! I got my water and medal and headed over to see Jeff.

I put on my free warrior helmet, got my free beer, and wandered around the finishing area a bit.

Jeff kept asking me if I wanted to wash off (you could jump into a different part of the lake to rinse), but I didn't want to! How many times in your adult life do you get to be covered head to toe in mud??? I loved every minute of it!

I'm a warrior, son!

I did the race in my 3rd-tier running shoes, which also went to Haiti with me. At this point, they were totally destroyed! I donated them to Green Sneakers after the race.

Queen of the Green Sneakers!

I'm TOTALLY doing it again next year!

Next up on Vegan Booty: Why you should not do a 9-mile run less than 12 hours after finishing the Warrior Dash.


  1. That looks so AWESOME!! I'm so so so jealous! I need to find something like this immediately! And congrats on finishing and your medal (:

    You look sweet covered in mud lol

  2. Wow, this race looks so badass... Fire? Barbed wire? Yikes! The fire photo is awesome!

    Also, love the bike in your other post... how'd you decide on Bianchi?

    (Ps. this is the former No-Meat-Athlete... had to move my blog because there was already a no meat athlete... heh)

  3. @Alycia--It really was that awesome! Check and see if there's a Warrior Dash, Spartan Run, or Muddy Buddy in your area--mud runs are the best!

    @VegetariRun--Thanks! I dragged along Jeff to take the pics again! As for the bike, I did a lot of shopping and price comparing in my neighborhood, and the Bianchi gave me the most bang for my buck.'s pretty? Ha! That meant a lot to me!

  4. Cool blog. I did Warrior Dash too. Saturday at 2:30pm wave. But the race was only 2.45 miles (not 3.22 as advertised).

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