Today the kids and I ran Mud Factor 2014 in Sammamish. It was the kids’ first-ever mud run — and hopefully the first of many.
The run itself was a big disappointment and a far cry from what I’d seen on YouTube. There were only about 4-5 obstacles on the course. Worse, it was heavy on “run” — for some reason the 1/2 mile kids run was about 2 1/2 miles — and very light on the “mud.”
As in, except for one 20-f00t mud crawl at the end, there wasn’t any.
The course was so bad, in fact, that I didn’t even bother with the adult course, which we’d basically already done having been misdirected by course “organizers” to go one way when we should have gone another.
What made the morning memorable, however, was Reese. Specifically, her overcoming of a fear.
On our first run through the course, Reese tried, froze and then refused to scale on of the ten-foot wall obstacles set up on the course:
This miffed me a fair bit because I don’t want her life to be governed by her fears — and there was nothing reasonable to fear about a ten-foot wall that other five year olds were scaling with ease.
Despite my pleading
we moved on and finished the race.
I couldn’t get over the disappointment of skipping an obstacle, however, and so back to the wall we headed.
That’s when it got good.
With no one around, Reese suddenly found the courage to scale the wall:
Three more times up and over and she jumped her way down:
This enabled us to take a real finishers’ pic:
More importantly, it enabled Reese to spend the ride home knowing she’d overcome a fear.
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