Last weekend I had the opportunity to run the Dirty Girl Mud Run in Atlanta with some awesome FitFluential Ambassadors. The Dirty Girl Mud Run is a 5K with obstacles along the way. It is also girls only … no boys allowed 😉 On top of that, a portion of registration fees are donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation!
Saturday morning started bright and early with Maria, Victoria, and I hopping the car and making the roadtrip from Savannah to Atlanta. It was approximately 250 miles of awesome. I am always a little nervous about meeting blog friends for the first time and I have to say both of these ladies are exactly as they come across on their blogs and we all got along smashingly! Once we got to the ATL we hit up Trader Joe’s and grabbed lunch before heading down to Aaron’s Ampitheatre for the run!
Registration was a little more chaotic than I was anticipating. Since everyone was picking up their packets the day of the race there were some long lines. Also, the line for U-Z last names was conspicuously missing … the alphabet appeared to end at T. Interesting. Luckily the line moved quicker than I thought it would and I had my bib number in no time.
Once we were registered we met up with the one and only Kelly Olexa, aka, the CEO of FitFluential. Kelly is seriously just as amazing in person as she is online and it was so much fun meeting her and rolling in the mud! Robin was there too and she was fierce 😉 Seriously so much fun meeting the faces behind FitFluential!
Maria and I are like two peas in a pod. She was kind of the peanut butter to my jelly. After 4 years of long-distance friendship is was amazing spending some quality “in real life” time together! What better way to bond than rolling the mud and climbing things??
Our 1:45 start time came fast and just like that it was time to get dirty! There was a great DJ at the start pumping some awesome music to get you pumped. By this time though the temperature had reached the upper 80’s and it was pretty hot. We agreed to take the run easy and just enjoy the process and gab it up. BEST IDEA EVER. This race isn’t timed to begin with and why not just ENJOY the process? 🙂
One of the amazing things about this run is that it is geared for women of all fitness levels. Anyone could do it. The obstacles were challenging but not impossible and they were well spaced throughout the course so there weren’t long periods of just running. There was 3 water stations along the way also which helped with the heat and washing mud out of your mouth 😉
Carissa and Alexis were also there but they were Speedy Gonzales and took off at the beginning. When they finished though they met up with us on the course for a photo op before they headed back to Florida. Both of these ladies were pretty awesome and I hope to see them when I am down in Orlando later this month!
The finish was probably my favorite part. The music was bumping again and it was fun hitting the mud one last time. BUT we were promised firefighters hosing us off at the end and that so didn’t happen. The ones we did snag a pic with seemed less than thrilled haha.
After the race we drank our beer flavored water, aka Busch’s, and I donated my sneakers. Those sneakers saw me thru my first half marathon and many many miles. I was glad that the Dirty Girl Mud Run was their last hoorah 🙂
I had a lot of fun running this race. The best part of it for me was the company. These ladies are all amazing individuals and spending more time with them was amazing. The race itself had some growing pains … lines at the obstacles, chaotic registration, etc. but it was done for a good cause and ultimately was a lot of fun. Make sure to check to see if there is one in your area!
And all the amazing pictures in my post? The lovely Victoria played the official photographer since she couldn’t run the race. I am bummed now that I realize we didn’t get a pic together BUT she is my new “neighbor” here in Georgia and I know we will be seeing tons of each other to make up for it 😉
Have you ever run a mud run?
FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.