Gettin’ Dirty

This past weekend Greg and I, along with 3 friends, participated in a “race” called THE DIRTY DASH. Essentially, it was a 10k that entailed running TONS of hills and going through multiple obstacles. I was SO not in the mood for this race when Saturday hit. The week had been busy and very stressful, and the idea of sleeping in, reading the paper over a cup o’ joe, and taking it easy was looking was much more seductive than the prospect of running 6 miles through the mud. But I had a team depending on me, and I had been training for this, so I had to suck it up and get down and dirty.

Here is the “before” picture.

The first obstacle that we had to face was at the start of the race. There was a huge mud pit that was super squishy and uber slippery. Luckily I didn’t fall, but many runners around me did. It was a ridiculous uphill run for the first mile (and the next 3 miles), and at about the mile mark, we were hit by snow! There were snow making machines set up, and although it did create mud, it was kind of nice to be blasted by the cold in the heat of the day. We then hit large hay bails we had to jump, followed by crawling through tunnels, jumping walls, walking (crawling, falling, jumping) through mud bogs, slipping down a huge slip-and-slide, and last but not least, literally swimming through a pond of thick mud.

Because it’s just the way I roll, I talked the boys (the ladies, other than myself, were a no-go on going head first) into just doing a dead fall into the mud pond. Think 4 feet of mud thin enough that you can move around, but definitely not just dirty or muddy water. Good in theory, but not so good for Greg’s eyes. We’re not sure exactly what happened, but he got so much mud in his eyes that he was completely blind. Simply put, it sucked. Greg was in a lot of pain, and the geniuses in charge of the race didn’t have any way for people to wipe or rinse the mud off after they got out of the shiz, and NO DRINKING WATER (which is a whole other story/bitch session). Seriously, you’d think that would be a given. Anyway, long story short, after trying to rinse the mud out multiple times, we headed to the ambulances for some first aid.

Note to EMT’s: When working on someone, saying “whoa… dude, that’s horrible” and “oh no… wow…” probably isn’t the best way to settle a patients nerves. They weren’t able to clear the crap out of his eyes, and told us a visit to the hospital would be necessary. Poor Greggy had to endure a  drive from Midway down to the city and to the InstaCare. But our friends Carla and Jeff deserve a big high-five for being so awesome in getting us out of there and home quickly. Thanks guys (and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!). After sticking these creepy huge contact looking things in his eyes unloading and entire bag of saline into each eye, they were clean.

His corneas were scratched and after only 3 hours post mud/eye fight, already had infection in both eyes. He spent the next couple of days in quite a lot of pain, but each day this peepers have been getting better, and soon he’ll be like a normal man again ;).

If you haven’t guessed, this experience wasn’t the most enjoyable of my life. The super hill-ish (and hell-ish) terrain hurt my already bum knee and hip, and Greg’s muddy eyeballs just made it that much more fun. But I’m glad that I did it, and LOVE the team I ran with. Thanks for the good (and bad) times.

(look at Greg trying hard to open his eyes for the picture… lol)

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3 Comments on “Gettin’ Dirty”

  1. Carla Says:

    Sorry the day was so crappy for you guys. We enjoyed ourselves…..however I felt it for 2 days after. It was harder than a traditional 10K for me….for sure. 🙂

    • meggypoo Says:

      No no… it wasn’t crappy, just different that I was used to. And I think my head wasn’t in it. But it WAS fun doing it with everyone, and even Mr. Blind said he would be up for doing it again :). I felt it too… even in my upper body. Weird!

  2. Greg Says:

    I would do it again. Next time with goggles!


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