2014 Courage Challenge Mud Run 5 (unexpected) miles

I got to do this on Saturday and it was AWESOME. My granddaughter Sadie, who has taken on my love for running asked if she could do the kid’s one mile run. She is a teeny tiny 9 year old. So off we went Saturday morning for some good, dirty fun!

The plan was that Sadie would run the kid’s 1 mile course after I ran my errrrr…. 5K course. About 20 minutes before my run they announce they are closing the kid’s course down at 1230. Here’s the conversation:

“Um, excuse me, but I thought the kid’s course was open until 200 p.m. We were planning on my granddaughter running her 1 mile when I was done with my 5K, and with the obstacles, I’ll probable be an hour and half”.

“Ma’am, this is a FIVE MILE race not a 5K”… big grin on the buff dude’s face.

Me: “Oh, my, Oh, oh… ummm, OK. (Now a tad bit concerned, but sucking it up and pulling on my big girl panties)… So what can we do about my granddaughter”?

“Let me speak with the coordinator”… 5 minutes later, “so they said she can run with you”.

Me: Mouth gaping open, speechless!

Sadie: Jumping up and down SQUEALING and shouting “YES!!! YES!!! YES!!!”

So that’s what we did. The kid ROCKED IT! She is a BEAST in the best way. This was an elite ADULT course with 20 obstacles… some so high off the ground we had to lift her to reach the rope! She even did burpees with me, when I couldn’t complete an obstacle. She amazed me and the adults around us. Towards the end I was fighting tears of pride. The 2nd to the last obstacle was a 12-15 foot high rope wall (not sure, but it was high!), after commando crawling through mud/manure, she climbed that rope wall like it was nothing. I moved around to the front and as she cleared the top, my normally quiet sweet girl ROARED like the lioness that she is!!! The tears flowed then, and not just mine, other adults witnessing this little lioness succeed, did the same. I am hoping upon all hope that the photographer with the very expensive camera caught those moments, because they are amazing. As she scaled down the other side of that rope wall, she hopped into the mud, put her arms in a power pose and screamed, “I AM POWERFUL”… YES.SHE.IS! We dropped back on to our bellies and commando crawled under the ropes again… and my sweet baby, who stayed with her Momma (that’s what the grandkids call me), shot off for the finish line! She did the final obstacle on her own, came back around and did it with me and we ran hand in hand through the finish line… amazing day!

Me and Sadie with my friends Bill, Dana, Shannon, Elizabeth and Ed.

Me and Sadie with my friends Bill, Dana, Shannon, Elizabeth and Ed.

This kid is a BEAST!

This kid is a BEAST!

The last obstacle is nearly done!

The last obstacle is nearly done!

LOVE

LOVE and PRIDE

TEAMWORK

TEAMWORK

Running into the finish, cheered on by the best of friends!

Running into the finish, cheered on by the best of friends!

 

Finished!!!

Finished!!!

HAPPY!

HAPPY!

Some of our Team

Some of our Team