I woke up this morning and put on a pair of panty hose. And I kinda liked it.
It was part of my costume for this year's Mad Mud Run. I don't know why our team captain Mike required us wear hose, but who am I to question authority? The theme Mike picked this year was Pac Man. So Wednesday night we gathered at my house to have a costume construction party. We were going to go with Pac Man, Mrs. Pac Man and three ghosts, but we ran out of time to finish in one night. So to make a long story short, we went with Pac Man, Inky Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde. I got to be Clyde, not to be confused with Clyde, by virtue of my old orange running shoes.
We donned our costumes in the parking lot. Right away we knew we would be a hit because people were stopping us to get pictures. Mike has won the costume contest three years in a row. Now we were hoping for four.
Part of the strategy is to work the crowd. We had a plan to hand out Dots candies, but somehow that fell through. We did have MP3 players with speakers to play the Pac Man music. They had music playing, too, so I danced a lot. The Kool Aid girl gang danced with us. One girl even peeked at my ghostly undercarriage.
The competition this year wasn't that great for the costume contest. I did like the redneck wedding theme. For the fourth year in a row, we won. Now it was time to run the course.
They always have kids with supersoakers spraying us down at the start. Wouldn't you know I had people hiding behind me? I was a pretty big target. Running in a cardboard box is such a delight. It's nice and warm. Like a sauna. Your elbows and shoulders chafe. The constant pounding of a box on your head was sure to bring on a Tylenol moment. Not to mention the bald spot it forms. The small slits cut in the side were sufficient to see, but I was definitely running into people at the beginning. No peripheral whatsoever. And our plentiful surface area sure provided much sail for a few strong gusts of wind. It's a good thing we are good sports.
The first obstacle was the balance beam/tires/balance beam/tires. I could see my feet this year, so it wasn't too bad. The next obstacle was the over under hurdles. I'm glad I didn't lose an eye (or two) at this part. Next was the first cargo net wall. People asked how we would get over it. Duh! We're ghosts! We'll go right through. But since everyone else was going over, we did, too.
Next was the weave, low crawl, weave. We actually did the weave twice because it was so awesome. Can't wait to see it on Youtube. Then came the second cargo net wall. I managed to climb this one without my box falling off to reveal my true identity. Then was the hay bale steps. Our team had kind of slowed down. I guess the cardboard was taking its toll on us. But we knew the hay bales were close to the end, and we could hear the music playing. So we picked it up for the last bit. Then we got to the 3 foot diameter, 10 foot long pipes. We didn't fit! So we tossed our ghosts over the pipes, went through with just our bodies, and got back into the ghosts. It was kind of like dying and being resurrected. Just a few more steps to the mud pit. It went a little like this.
Once again, it was a pretty fun time. Actually the whole day turned out pretty good. I needed it. Here's a few more pictures.
Team Got Dots.
Do you think we can salvage them for Halloween next year?
Awesome race report and pictures. You always make running look like fun!
From DaleG on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 00:01:32 from 22.214.171.124
Love it, Burt, love it!!! I'm glad you had fun and it was a nice little pick-me-up to make you feel better. The pictures cracked me up.
From rAtTLeTrAp on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 00:21:10 from 126.96.36.199
An epic performance! You really know how to party Burt! Thanks for posting the video, I will be sharing this for sure!
From ACorn on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 00:30:37 from 188.8.131.52
Sweet pics. I've missed you too Burt.
In a totally straight way.
From Bonnie on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 12:26:11 from 184.108.40.206
That was an awesome video Burt -- you guys really outdid yourselves!
From Burt on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 12:36:17 from 220.127.116.11
Melody - Isn't running always fun? Always!
Dale - Speaking of cracks, (no, I'm not going there), after standing in line for half an hour to rinse off, the mud dries and starts to crack on your skin. It's pretty cool.
Trap - You will need express written consent from the NBA.
Adam - Thanks for not getting all weird on me.
Bonnie - But how do we top that for next year?
From SlowJoe on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 12:55:51 from 18.104.22.168
Awesome report, an instant classic!
Don't worry about that last photo - the straight arm says you're standing far enough away to hose down your buddy and not be considered gay. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
From Burt on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 13:08:35 from 22.214.171.124
Thanks Joe. I just want to know who the perv was that took the picture.
From Brent on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 13:21:39 from 126.96.36.199
Burt, funny stuff, muddy fun, kool, good times, hey, that is what it is all about, your nose dive right into mud, also helps to have hot runners on your team. Nice pictures.
Stay Kool, B of BS Rools out
From Rob on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 13:38:06 from 188.8.131.52
I really like the video, good to know I can dissolve ghosts in mud. I'm not really sure where the "running" comes in but it looked fun anyway.
From Burt on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 13:49:59 from 184.108.40.206
Brent - The further I went in the mud pit, the more my box filled up with mud. It slowly kept rising, and I thought, "So, this is how I'm going to die. What a way to go."
Rob - There was a little running, but not much. I'm pretty sure it was about 4 miles. I didn't wear my Garmin. I figured I wouldn't get a signal inside my box.
From ChrisM on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 14:32:16 from 220.127.116.11
nice video! by the photo at the end it looks like Burt got the mudiest in that team...
From Burt on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 14:40:53 from 18.104.22.168
Chris - explain to me how Pinky only got mud up to her knees. It don't make no sense! Pinky's such a diva. LOL!
From auntieem on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 16:22:14 from 22.214.171.124
This looks like unbelievable fun! I want to do a race like that next.
From Tara on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 18:10:56 from 126.96.36.199
Those pics are great! I love pac man going over the barrier....and the long line waiting too. So funny! Looks like so much fun! Great race report:)
From Superfly on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 18:31:52 from 188.8.131.52
Being Clyde can be a good thing:)
From JD on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 19:16:21 from 184.108.40.206
haha! great costumes! looks like a good time!
From april27 on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 19:39:03 from 220.127.116.11
So awesome Burt!
From Burt on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 19:43:22 from 18.104.22.168
auntieem - I think a mud run would be a good thing after a 50 mile race. You rock!
Tara - I told Pac Man that the game always ends with him dying.
Clyde - I know! LOL!
JD - I'll be catching you in the bald spot category sooner than later now.
April - Maybe next year we'll be slugs.
From flatlander on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 22:16:51 from 22.214.171.124
You certainly know how to have fun. I must have read an earlier version without the pictures.
From Claudio on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 07:51:45 from 126.96.36.199
Burt - Now thats a fun race !!! was there a gasp moment when your true identity was finally revealed??
From Sue on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 10:43:11 from 188.8.131.52
Oh I LOVE it!!!
From Burt on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 at 12:24:55 from 184.108.40.206
Flat - I bloom where I'm planted.
Claudio - My costume fell off going over the first wall, and I yelled, "Oh no! My identity!" There was a hefty lady struggling to get over the wall next to me. She said, "Please don't make me laugh. I'm having a hard enough time as it is."