Last weekend, we participated in a 3 ½ mile mud run obstacle course called the Warrior Dash. This specific event asks its’ participants to raise money to support St. Jude Children’s Hospital, which is such a great cause dedicated to finding ways to change how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Their mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention for these diseases through research and treatment. We wanted to help get them that much closer to helping these children, so we reached out to our friends and family and received an enormous amount of love and support! To date, we have raised $1,350 for St. Jude, and we’re very proud and grateful for that! DBS Remodel, Inc. as a company, believes that everyone deserves a chance, and we do everything in our power to help out anyone in need.
So more about the Dash, because we know you want to know! It started off with a love/hate 1.5 mile uphill battle. They really couldn’t have done a better job of making me hate my life right from the start, but after all, it is supposed to be a challenge, right? Needless to say, I walked most of it, as did a large majority of the others we were initially corralled with. Halfway up, we stumbled upon our first obstacle. Climb over a few walls; piece of cake! Water station – needed that. At this point I felt pretty good! We all did. We started up a nice paced jog around the bend and there it was, our second leg of the hill. I might have almost quit at this point, but I couldn’t look like a wuss, especially being the only girl in our group! I trudged on and up the hill we went!
We reached the next obstacle which was three trenches dug out long ways, with a piece of board on top, so it forced you to crawl through, hands and knees! Again, wasn’t so bad. If this was the course difficulty, I was all over it! More hill. Exactly what I dreaded. It literally seemed like we were walking into the sky, it was that exhausting. Ah, we had come upon another obstacle! Brian, being the design/build expert, let us know of the shoddy workmanship of the structure! However, we all continued to climb all over it. There must have been 20 people on this thing at a time. Finally, a bit of refuge – some level ground! Here, we made up a bit of time by jogging and laughing and rejoicing that we were no longer struggling up a hill when to our surprise, we came across some downhill terrain *cue me jumping for joy!* which led us to the next obstacle…
I need to start a new paragraph for this one because I’m not even sure how to explain it. We climbed over and under some sturdy branches to reach a large, rectangular hole in the earth filled with freezing cold water that looked like the chocolate river from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. If it was, I would NOT have been complaining. In the middle of this “pond” were floating docks with cargo netting all around the outside, allowing you to climb onto the dock. The goal was to submerge yourself in the artic waters (it was deep enough that you couldn’t reach the bottom) and swim to the first dock. Jump back in, swim to the second dock. Jump in one last time and swim to the other side, where it was a muddy, steep mess to get out. I didn’t get to jump back in for the last leg because the wonderful Ken Parsons had a personal vendetta for me! Instead, I got the boot, and in I went, underneath the muddy, mucky water! Even got some in my mouth… yum.
Back up, up, up we went! Thank goodness there was a water station on the horizon. The next obstacle wasn’t too difficult up, but difficult down the other side! Ran down some hill to another wooden obstacle with cargo nets hanging for you to scale across. (Notice, I have stopped being really dramatic because we are now traversing slowly down the mountain.)
…. to be continued!