I’m Getting Dirty: Dirty Girl Mud Run 2012

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a girly girl — curled hair, leggings and dresses, patent leather shoes, lots and lots of pink. As soon as I was old enough to carry a doll around the house, I was playing “Mom” and “House,” and my room was always full of Disney Princess things and stuffed animals.

While I don’t mind hanging out at the race track with my dad, or making a mess with little kids, I’m not one who enjoys getting dirty on regular basis. Take the (one) time that I went camping, for example — tent and all. I let myself get dirty, mainly because I had no choice. It rained poured, our tent flooded, and our “sleeping quarters” turned to mud.

Though that was an experience I’ll never forget, I haven’t taken a camping trip since. That was the last time I was covered in mud. That was in 2008.

Getting dirty has never really been my thing. But next month, it will be.

On May 12, I will be stepping out of my comfort zone to participate in the Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run in Indianapolis.

This is not your average 5K. Throughout the course, I will run through obstacles with names like “H2OMG,” “Utopian Tubes,” and “PMS” (Pretty Muddy Stuff). Are you intrigued?

The Dirty Girl run originated in Wisconsin in 2011, and this is its first year to travel to Indy. The coolest part is, it’s for women of all ages and fitness levels! You don’t have to be a marathon runner or a CrossFit expert to participate. This was a huge selling point for me, because who am I kidding — seven pound weights are my “heavy” weights in my strength training classes, and running isn’t always my favorite. The Dirty Girl Run will let me go at my own pace; my only goals are to finish and have fun!

The best news is, there’s still time to register! If you don’t live in the Indianapolis area, check out the website to see if a Dirty Girl run is coming to your area. It’s for a good cause, too. A portion of all of the registration fees will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Last year, Dirty Girls helped raise over $50,000 for the fight against breast cancer!

¬†At 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, I will begin my wave of the race. I will climb up things, crawl through things, and run my little heart out. I will slosh through a 40-foot mud pit and come out with a sense of accomplishment. And, of course, I’ll have the pictures to prove it — Jordan will be there to act as my photographer.

I said I wanted to take more risks and try new things this year, and well, I’m going to do it. I encourage you to join me :) .

To learn more, join me and FitFluential for a Twitter chat this Thursday, April 5 at 9pm EST. Hashtag is #GoDirtyGirl.

FitFluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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14 Responses to I’m Getting Dirty: Dirty Girl Mud Run 2012

  1. This is such a great idea. I just got into running at the beginning of the year and while I’m FAR from where I want to be (I can just do a little over a mile without having to stop) – I’m thinking my friend and I could possibly do this. I’m going to talk to my husband and see if he’d mind me doing it! :) So glad I saw this!!!

  2. That sounds awesome! There’s one that might be convenient for me, but it depends on how life works out this summer. It definitely seems like it’ll be a fun race, though. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

  3. I’m so jealous! I’m dying to do a mud run or obstacle course race! Have fun!

  4. Awesome!! They’re having something like that in Atlanta at the end of this month, but it’s the same weekend I’m doing a half-marathon in Nashville. But I’m sure you’ll have a great time!! :)

  5. That is awesome and looks like so much fun! Good luck girly and I cannot wait to hear about it!

  6. This looks AWESOME! I just checked the schedule to see if there was one by me, but the closest one that I’m available for is 8 hours away… :(

  7. kitkat1126 says:

    When I first started reading I thought, cool, very similar to the Warrior Dash we had recently in New England and then I read some more…I’m jealous! I hope they come out my way, sounds like an awesome race.

  8. Casey says:

    This sounds awesome. I would love to do it!! How did you find a team?

  9. This sounds like SO much fun! I’ve always wanted to do a mud run, but like you, have a “fear” of getting dirty. :-p Can’t wait to hear about your experience! Cheers to taking risks and stepping outside our comfort zones! <3

  10. Adrian says:

    Im getting my team together now!!! Good luck Emily!!!

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