Yesterday I got Pretty darned Muddy in the fantastic sunshine, on a course that went through beautiful Tatton Park in Knutsford. It was the first Race for Life Pretty Muddy event and of course I had to be there for some filthy fun. For once I actually went as part of a team and ended up running the entire way with Lizzy from Mixtape & Menu – my normal strategy of ‘go on your own and run as fast as you can’ would have been very boring in this situation, as it was all about supporting others to get over obstacles in life as you struggle over too. Oh, I do love a good life metaphor!
The Filthy Girls Gang consisted of my old manager from work and a gang of her buddies, most of which had never run a race before. Their excitement was palpable and contagious, so even my most-dreaded part of a race, the ‘fun’ warmup, was full of laughs and hijinks.
I actually have no idea what time I finished the 5K in, and for once I wasn’t bothered. The scenery was great and the added obstacles made you use your brains as well as your legs.
My only issue was that Pretty Muddy wasn’t quite muddy enough – I’d heard stories of shoes being lost in all the mud but actually it was only the last two obstacles that were muddy. I’d have loved to have been covered top-to-toe thick mud the entire way round.. but maybe that’s just the masochist in me?! Nevertheless, a brilliant morning made all the better by a strong team spirit; though a more seasoned runner may feel blasé about the event, I would highly recommend it as a first foray into cross country running, obstacle courses or even your first run.