1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Lisa and my blog is Mom 2 Marathon.
I am a 40-something mother of two who discovered my love of running and fitness a little over five years ago after deciding to train for my first marathon. Since then, I have run one ultra, nine marathons, over twenty half marathons and numerous other races. I am a certified running and fitness coach who loves nothing more than to inspire women to try new things and GET ACTIVE. If I can start my fitness journey at over 40 years old, it is never too late!
2. What Mud runs have you done?
San Diego Mud Run March 2009 http://mom2marathon.com/mud-
World Famous Camp Pendleton Mud Run June 2010 http://mom2marathon.com/a-
LA Eco Mud Run August 2010 http://mom2marathon.com/la-
Gladiator Run December 2010 http://mom2marathon.com/
Gladiator Run March 2011 http://mom2marathon.com/
World Famous Camp Pendleton Mud Run 2011 http://mom2marathon.com/world-
Gladiator Run April 2012
World Famous Camp Pendleton Mud Run 2012
Warrior Dash August 2012 http://mom2marathon.com/
3. What one was your favorite and why?
My favorite is probably a tie between 2011 and 2012 Gladiator Runs. The first one was the most fun I have ever had in a race. Dressing up in an old wedding dress and slogging through mud and over obstacles was not only challenging but so much fun! Everyone wanted to help me. Some wanted pictures with me. My friend had such a great time, she said “I get to be the bride next year!” And you know what? She did! But she was SO inspired that she actually got married after the 2012 Gladiator Run. She and her fiance in a full wedding dress and tux, did all the obstacles while we as bridesmaids and groomsmen ran along to help and cheer for them. The race director let them get married on center stage after the race. Both those races embodied running as FUN and not as exercise or as something we “should” do.
My least favorite mud run was the LA Eco Mud Run at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Don’t get me wrong, I had a good time. I ran with my friend Nadine and we always have fun together. The reason it is my least favorite is because the mud pits were built up on a parking lot or flat grass. They made them out of plastic and sandbags, since there was no real natural terrain. The mud was full of gravel and it hurt to crawl through it. The obstacles were basically traffic barriers that you had to climb over. There was a few hundred feet of mud and obstacles and then most of the race was just a run on pavement around the Rose Bowl and surrounding golf course. I am pretty sure they use the same course for local 5Ks. I prefer mud runs with real mud in the dirt and interesting runs through varying terrain. The Gladiator Run, for example, ran up and down the steps of an amphitheater, adding extra challenge.
5. What is it about mud runs that appeals to you?
Mud runs are FUN, plain and simple. If you want to go out and race…find yourself a road race. You shouldn’t run a mud run unless you have a good sense of humor and are a little tough. There is a lot of laughing and getting dirty. Sometimes there is climbing something really tough. Once I had to go through a tank of ICE water. That really took my breath away!
6. How do you train for mud runs?
I don’t really train for them. Anyone with a reasonable amount of fitness can do a mud run. I have had friends who don’t run complete a mud run. There are always people there to help you with the obstacles and you don’t necessarily have to run. I like to run and push myself and see how fast I can go. However, you can’t really have a time goal unless you start out in the very front…sometimes there is a back up at the obstacles.
7. Do you have a special diet?
I try to eat healthy (whole foods, lean proteins, vegetable centric etc.), but I am a busy mom and I give myself permission to go with “easy” food sometimes.
8. What is the craziest thing you have seen at a mud run?
Running brides , Men in wedding dresses, Willy Wonka and Oompa Loompas….you name it. In fact, when I have run in “regular” clothes, I have felt more out of place than when running in a costume, at least when I run as a team.
9. What other mud runs do you have planned for this year?
I am signed up for one with some non-running friends on July 20. http://survivormudrun.com/
locations/2013/colorado.php I might also sign up for the Warrior Dash in August http://www.warriordash.com/ register.php?loc=Colorado&yr= 2013&gclid=CIj6l_ LTi7cCFQdgMgodu2EA9Q
10. Any advice for someone who is thinking about running their first mud run?
Have fun! If you want to run fast, find a different race…for mud runs, slow down and enjoy it. I wrote this article last year to help new mud runners know what to expect: http://theruniverse.com/2012/
05/how-to-run-a-mud-run-the- beginners-guide-to-getting- muddy/
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