Happy Monday, everyone! After spending four weekends in a row traveling for family events, Joe and I were incredibly excited to have a weekend at home. Although I love traveling and taking part in all that is going on with our family, it’s amazing how filled-up a couple days of fun and relaxation can make you feel. This weekend the Grinnell Games, a small two-day festival, took place in our little town. Grinnell doesn’t have much going on most weekends, so it was fun to have something special to take part in!

Initially, I had signed up to run the Grinnell Games Half Marathon since our training plan called for running 12 miles this weekend. I was a bit skeptical that our training plan had us running 12 miles just a week before our half, but I figured I would just roll with it and run the half instead of a 12-mile training run on my own. However, I really pushed myself at last weekend’s Dam to Dam 20k and my legs ended up feeling really exhausted all week because of it. Instead of wiping out my legs for the upcoming half, I decided to stick to running a shorter race, the 1st Annual Grinnell Games Warrior Run 5k!

Neither of us had ever done a warrior run before this race, and since Joe and some friends are doing the Warrior Dash in July, we figured it would be a fun tune-up for him and a nice change of pace for me. We ended up having a great time, jumping over round hay bales, running through mud pits, swinging across ropes and more. The best part of the race was by far the giant slip and slide down a tall hill at the end of the race, plus it helped clean us off a bit.

Before…

And after…

It was a pretty small race, only about 140 people,  but I surprised myself by trying to stay up front with the guys and finishing as the 2nd place girl overall. I’m still not sure what our final time was since it’s not online yet, but I was wiped out afterward.

Have any of you done a warrior-run-type race? Joe is dying to do the Tough Mudder at some point, which just scares me to death!

Madison

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  • http://keepitsweetdesserts.com/blog/ Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Congrats on 2nd place!! My husband did a tough muddler a couple of weeks ago… I wasn’t thrilled with the idea but he was fine. Just a couple scratches:-)

  • http://www.arunningtale.com/ Lindsey

    I haven’t yet but we are registered to do one in August, I cannot wait!

  • http://twitter.com/justinelorelle justinelorelle

    You guys look adorable! (And tough and warrior-ish, of course ;)

    We were going to do a warrior dash this August, but it ended up being the same weekend we’re heading to Iowa for a visit. Hopefully next year!

  • Helennaturally

    I’ve never even thought to try a warrior run, but your post makes it look and sound like fun!! So glad that you had an enjoyable weekend :)

  • Marissa

    Glad to hear you had fun! Ive never done a warrior race before, but Im signed up for my frist Tough Mudder in less than 2 weeks! After 6 months of training, Im still equal parts excited and terrified!

  • UrbanWife

    Sounds like fun and congrats on 2nd place! My husband has done the Warrior Dash in the past and liked it. I’ve done similar adventure runs and they are nice since it breaks up the sometimes boring road races. Good luck on your upcoming half! :)

  • http://www.smallstuffcounts.com/ Emily @ The Small Stuff Counts

    Hi Madison, I have checked out your blog before and love it! I am one of the organizers for Grinnell Games, and I was googling it just now and your blog post popped up. How cool! FYI the Warrior Run is happening again on June 15 this year and we’ve added a lot more mud and fun obstacles than we had the first year. We’d love to have you back again!