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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I Am A Warrior!

I did it!  I finished the Warrior Dash!  I really had no idea how long it would take me so I didn't know what my goal as far as time should be.  Honestly, I just wanted to complete all the obstacles and actually finish and I did.  I finished in 1:26:16.50.  Not terrible!  My official ranking was 2636 out of 3202 people.  I didn't come in last!
Place        Name                              Bib #        Age  G     Rank      Age Group Time        Pace
2636 Amanda Johnson 77328 31 F 536/713 30-39 1:26:16.50 26:58/M

I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to try it and I have a feeling this isn't going to be my last one.  The official pics aren't in yet and spectators couldn't really get to the obstacles to take any but to give you an idea of the types of obstacles we did...  There was a lot of sloshing around in water, a tar mud pit that people lost their shoes in because it was so sticky, military crawl under barbed wire, a balance beam, rope climbing up a stiff ravine type thing, a wall climb, cargo net climb, lots of hills, jumping over fire and a final mud pit.  So how'd I fare?  Well, I climbed the wall like it was nothing!  Seriously...hoisted myself up over a 15 foot wall with a rope...gave a big ol' whoop at the top for that one. I also finished all but one of the rest of the obstacles in dignified fashion.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I got totally stuck in the last obstacle...in the mud...had to be towed out with a rope.  At first I was seriously angry and embarrassed about it but that quickly passed as I realized that it was a tactical error on my part, not a physical limitation or having anything to do with my current size.  I'm proud of how I did in this race and how far I've come physically in the last 2 years.

After the race, we showered (I found mud in the darnedest places!), took a short nap and then hit the casinos.  We walked around all night, gambled, drank and hung out and I felt pretty good...not sore or anything...until I woke up the next morning.  Yikes!  My quads hurt, my back between my shoulder blades hurt and for some reason (I'm guessing from the ropes) my hands ached!  Then the 5 hour drive home just made all those muscles stiffen up.  I skipped the gym last night to recover but will be hitting up the spin class tonight.

Overall, we had such a good time.  It was so nice having BFF, her husband and Hubby there to cheer me on and celebrate with me after.  Giant check mark off the Goal List for 2012!

So without further ado...pictures!





















16 comments:

Colleen said...

Love the pics. Congrats on finishing, that's an amazing accomplishment!!

Anna said...

Totally read your post title as Patty Smyth - "Shooting at the walls of heartache, bang, bang! I am the warrioooooor!" I'm surely not the only one, right?

Crickets.

Oh well. Glad you rocked it out! Awesome job! :)

Dawnya said...

Congratulations!!!! I'm super proud of you for this accomplishment. Keep going.

Mari said...

Well done!! What an incredible achievement, I am so proud of you and I hope you're proud of yourself! xx

Tina @ The Bandit Girl said...

Way to go, Manda!!! You are a WARRIOR!!!

Run, Chelle, Run! said...

WOO HOO! I am so, so proud of you!!!! What an accomplishment, I mean seriously, you are my hero. I can't even imagine trying one of those - I'd be terrified! I hope you are on top of the world right now!

jennxaz said...

I am so proud of you!!!! You rocked it girl..you set out a goal and accomplished it, that took guts on so many levels. The fear of the unknown did not stop you and for that you inspire me beyond words! Love you to death MandaPanda!

Jeanette said...

Awesome! Total badass :)

Catherine55 said...

You are such a bada$$, Manda!!! Way to go!! I can't even believe how muddy that was!!! Amazing!!!

Jen said...

You really are a badass warrier!! so proud of you!!

adorkbl said...

You are such a badass!! I could never do that. Way to go on setting a goal and smashing it. You didn't just "not finish last" you were a head of A LOT of people!! Congrats.

Theresa aka Tessie Rose said...

I'm so impressed! Congrats!!! Love the pics!

Vanessa said...

EPIC! YOU are awe - to the - some!
I must do one of these races soon!

Leigh C. said...

Looks like a ton of fun. You are awesome Wonder Woman:)

Sam said...

Congrats, this looked like a fun race :o)

Amy said...

congrats!