Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Of fire jumping and ice cold tennis...

Y'all! I came across the scariest coolest event that is a must do for my calendar in 2010. Yeah, I know, I have a lot of "must dos" and more often than not lately I manage to not do them BUT this one is so different, you have to try it, right?

It is the warrior dash. Basically a 5k with 13 obstacles added in for good measure. No ordinary obstacles. Think fire jumping, leap frogging across platforms on a lake, scurrying through a muddy pit under barbed wire, climbing cargo nets, weaving through submerged logs, rappeling. That sort of thing. Why would I think of doing such a thing? As any self respecting lady would, I am all about the gift with purchase. Not only do you get a medal, you get a "warrior helmet".

Check it out... shirt, medal and helmet.

I am not 100% certain how one trains for such a thing. This is the official training regimen as listed on their site. Not exactly the Hal Higdon method I am used to but you have to love it.

How do I train for Warrior Dash?

1. Day one: run as far as you can. Go home. Day two: do the same thing.

2. Find the dirtiest pond in your neighborhood and snorkel in it - in your slippers, without goggles.

3. Practice your climbing and crawling skills at your local jungle gym. Ignore the small children and parental glares.

4. Do not shower or shave for weeks in order to obtain a true Warrior look.

The race is May 22nd so I have plenty of time to work on my scaling and climbing, right?

In other news.... This weekend was the first weekend of our mixed tennis league. For those non-tennis folks, that is doubles, men and women. It was FREEZING. Of course, those of you who are used to such chilly conditions may scoff but to play outdoor tennis in 28 degrees is FREEZING by my standards. My match lasted 3 hours and then there were another three hours standing in the FREEZING weather watching the other lines on the team finish up. All in all we won. WOO HOO! It was definitely not a cute tennis outfit day but more dress to survive the elements. I am the one in the pink hat with the blanket fashioned into a skirt.

This was before the sense of how cold it would be really hit us.

This was 6 hours later

At this point, I had lost all feeling in my feet :)

Gotta run! I have ham bone soup on the stove and cornbread in the oven. YUM-O!


Lauren Starks said...

I am totally adding that to my race schedule for 2010! That looks incredibly fun!

AZ said...

5 months is plenty of time for not showering too.

San said...

One question: Why do warriors have to be dirty?!
But this run sounds like so much fun.

Congrats on your team. Hope your feet are all right again.

Anonymous said...

Looks like a fun race! I can't believe you play outdoor tennis in this...hehe

Jennifer said...

Ha! The warrior race sounds excellent! I would do it in a heartbeat. We have a race on the Gulf Coast put on by the Navy that sounds similar, lots of mud! Have fun training for it!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

I've always wanted to do one of those fun races, except for the fire jumping!

Congrats on your tennis win!

Kevin said...

I have been eyeing that race for awhile. It sounds quite interesting, and the best part, free beer post race