Monday, September 12, 2011

Mud Brigade Recap and Jean Valjean!

This past weekend has been great! For starters, I was able to go see Les Miserables on Friday night with my family.  It was awesome.

Me and my Uber cute Niece. YAY for family outings.

One of the highlights was stalking down the actors after they were finished and asking for a pic. While waiting for Mr. Valjean to come out himself we talked to the Innkeeper for a while. He was telling us about broadway and his life on the road, very interesting!

Jean Valjean (J. Mark McVey)  and I. It was a family affair. His daughter was who played Cosette!

The Innkeeper (Joseph Spieldenner) and I. He has always been one of my favorite Characters. 

Then Saturday morning I was able to wake up and go participate in a race called, "The Mud Brigade". After my Sisters decided to give the Warrior Dash a try and loved it I thought I should probably find my own muddy event to attend.

The Hubs and I prior to the race. I came in 8th place out of the chicks. There was no age group category but I figure 8th out of 620 girls was good. 

A friend of mine came across this one and so we signed up and gave it out most. It was lots of fun. They had several obstacles that were indeed very muddy and required you to actually concentrate. Here are some of the obstacles.

-Climbing up a mud hill that required the assistance of a rope, (very slippery).
-Crawling under a blanket of chain link fences through a shallow mud lake.
-Swimming/Wading thew mud canals and then attempt to climb out of them. ( I could have used a rope again)
-Tight rope walking over a mud pit. Luckily they had a rope on top so you had something to help keep your balance.

So you get the picture. At the end of the race you had to run threw a shallow mini mud lake to which all spectators were yelling, "Dive, Dive, Dive" So I did my best. Bummer thing is I didn't get too many pics of the actual race.

A friend of mine and I after the race. We couldn't get pics right after because the camera was in the car. But this was us after we had hosed off in the horse barn......

This week I am back to the daily grind when it comes to the FIRST training plan. Here is my tentative plan.

Today - Total Conditioning
Tuesday - 3x1600's at just under 7 minute mile
Wednesday - Bike approx 15-20 miles (last time we rode we almost got hit by several cars.... people can be grouchy when commuting to work at 5:30 am. This week we are going out in no mans land to hopefully avoid that kind of situation...)

Thursday - 6 Miles with 3 miles at 7:35pace
Friday - Swim or TC. Not sure which yet.
Saturday - 18 Miles. (Hopefully I don't bonk!)

Have you all seen Les Miserables?
-If not, I totally recommend it. I love me a good musical every now and again.

Did you do anything fun this past weekend?
-The scheduled events I had this weekend were awesome. I love it when that happens.

Happy Running -Jen


  1. I saw Les Miserables when it came to Denver like 8 or 9 years ago. I love it! Congrats on 6th place. I think that is pretty good!

  2. They have a race here in Utah called the "Dirty Dash" that I want to try out. Those kind of races sound like fun. I am glad that you enjoyed it. This weekend I ran the Red Rock Relay. It was soooo much fun.

  3. I LOVE Les Mis! My son used to run through the grocery store at age 2 singing the lyrics to Black and Red. And even at 19 its one of his favorite musicals!

  4. If you liked Warrior Dash and the other mud runs, you should give the Tough Mudder a try! I came to Colorado this year for the first time and we did it back in June. Not a lot of women and a lot tougher than WD, but it was SO much fun! (I even dragged a disposable camera through the whole race if you want to check out pictures!)

  5. Les Mis is my all time favorite! Corey and his brother went to the Michigan/Nortre Dame game this weekend and had quite the experience. My pregnant self cheered from home. :)


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