Unless you’ve been running under a rock, you’ve heard of the latest craze in the sport: gettin’ dirty. Obstacle courses with a good helping of mud abound. Tough mudders, warrior dashes… dirty girls…
No, for real: Dirty Girl is a series of mud runs and obstacle courses targeted specifically at women.
As they say on their website:
“Run, walk, climb, crawl—you will experience it all. With obstacle names like H2OMG and PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff), you can expect to laugh until your cheeks hurt.”
Why, if there’s PMS… and please tell me we are talking about my facial cheeks?
Seriously, though: if I were to do one of these, I’d like it to be a women-only run. For me, women-only events are a great way to ease into a sport. First half marathon? A women-only race may provide you with a better experience altogether (better swag, massages or facials at the finish line, champagne, chocolate, and so on). My first triathlon, if/ when I ever do one, will probably be women-only too. Less intimidating this way!
Back to the Dirty Girl stuff: there is one coming up on February 2 in San Francisco, and they need volunteers.
As a volunteer, you get:
- to have lots of fun watching other women get dirty,
- a free T-shirt,
- a free entry into a wave start after your volunteering shift is over!
AND… wait for it…
Now, who could say no to that??? Not me! (The cost to register for the run right now is $100, unless you’re a cancer survivor, in which case you get in for free.)
Oh, and for you 49ers fans: the run is at Candlestick Park. The day before the Super Bowl. Karma, or what?
If you want to join in the fun and cheer on, then run with a bunch of fierce, fearless (and, ultimately, very dirty) ladies, all you need to do is fill out this form. Be sure to select a volunteer shift that starts early in the morning (6 a.m. or 7 a.m.), so there is time for you to run the course as well. And let me know if the comments if you’re coming: we should meet up!
It rained all day today, so I gave myself a sissy card and hit the gym after work. Man, it was packed! Who knew all these people worked out between the hours of 6:30 and 8 p.m.? I felt guilty for taking a treadmill for more than an hour, but at least it wasn’t three hours.
Anyway… this one had a time limit of 40 minutes (+ 5-minute cooldown), so I did two “splits”: first 5.29 miles at an 8:30 min/mile and the rest, at a much slower 9:21 pace.
Notice how I ran not an inch longer than the required eight miles. That is how much I enjoy the dreadmill.