After the brilliant enjoyment of being part of Special Effect’s Gameblast16, our team was raring for another event. Anna was the first to stick her hand up and enter a run. She is building up to complete this 5km mud and obstacle run on the 16th April in Oxfordshire – we all tried to get her to run a ‘standard’ 10km like Monster and Wolf runs but she couldn’t be persuaded! – We’ll let her off as she only starting running 3 weeks ago!
Here’s her description of how it went:
And so training began…
Right – shorts, t-shirt, socks and trainers! We are ready to run. Biggest hurdle – getting out the front door!
Forming any habit is hard, so with baby steps just getting out the front door with my trainers on is the place to start. Whether I head out to walk around the block or run my 5km, I can overcome the 101 excuses I can make to not go out simply by making it a habit. I am not a natural runner, I prefer to throw myself around a squash court, do a pump glass or go for a swim. But here we go..
My running style is a bit quirky, but I can keep going and even in a week I see the progression in my breathing and improved stamina (no stitch halfway!).
Let hope I keep this progress up!
(and very little training happened after this until..)
Starting to feel like I didn’t spend enough time training! Looking at the map there is 24 obstacles through the 5km and some of them look pretty challenging! Had a good drive down and parking was easy, all signed up, got my Special Effect T-shirt and the snow has all melted thank goodness!
Luckily I have some tasty snacks to get some fuel on board before we start.
Great warm up and a brilliant atmosphere from all the Special Effects team – what a great way to run a course, 100+ people for Special Effect all in it together!
It starts slowly, luckily just to get into it and adjust to all the mud. I can’t say I really believed the amount of mud and sliding around I was told I would encounter but I sure got covered in head to toe!
The Rope Wall – the way up feels hard but getting over the top and realising you have to lower yourself down – who has that upper body strength – rope burns galore!
Log Run – I made it! And then to dive into an ice pool to duck under some logs – so cold it will take your breath away.
Meat Grinder – never has something looked straight forward and been so difficult – you’re covered in mud, your arms no longer have feeling or strength and you have to commando crawl between rolls of tyres – the last obstacle after a steep hill and when you’re through it’s all finishing line – what a great buzz!
So plenty of mud, and plenty of snacks to refuel afterwards – that and the challenge of taking off muddy gear when you can’t feel your fingers. But the success for myself and for Special Effect is a brilliant feeling and I may just have spent the journey home looking for my next Special Effect Challenge!
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