Wednesday, August 11, 2010

FFF Diva Challenge: The Gladiator Mud Run

The Gladiator Mud Run. 5K. 12 obstacles. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Army (therefore Army folks will be there yelling at us). Bakersfield, CA. September 25th, 2010.

What about it?

Try: I signed up for it.

That's right FFF Diva Fans, you heard it right. I signed up for my first 5K (3.1 miles) obstacle filled mud run race! In Central California of all places! (the heat is not so great, even in September)

Why did I sign up? Two words: Nicole Ferguson.

Nicole was my bestie growning up in college. She was from Bakersfield and I was from San Jose. We met Freshman year at Dominican University of California in the same Speech & Rhetoric Class. She was engaged to her longtime boyfriend. I ended up dating her guy best friend from high school at the time (who we now both don't speak to). Awesome. Meant to be besties.

Fast forward seven years later...

I still live in San Jose, finishing up my Master's in Business Administration, dating here and there, training for my second marathon in 2010, & on a weight loss journey. Nicole now lives in Bakersfield, finishing up her B.S. from CSU Bakersfield (she transferred), got married, bought a home, had a baby, now in process of getting divorced, on a weight loss journey as well.

So what?

I have taken Nicole under my guidance to get both of us on track for weight loss. Somewhere during the process she mentioned she wanted to attempt her first 5K race and she wanted to complete it in September (her former wedding anniversary date = symbolism of change & process). Beautiful. However, she was hesitant and so I said "Hey I will look up a bunch of races in the Central Valley area and you can pick one." Okay? Okay. No-kay. Of all the listed 5K races she chose the Gladiator Mud Run. And so here we are today, both registered for the race & doing it for different reasons & have different running histories.

FFF Diva Nicole: First 5K ever. Currently working on a 6 week training plan with her gym trainer.

FFF Diva Mo: This will be my 6th 5K race since May 2009. I am not focused on time, but more on completing each of the 12 obstacles on this course in order to qualify for their medal. If you don't complete each obstacle when you cross the finish line time becomes irrelevant.

Gladiator Mud Run Website to see obstacles & more info:

Anyways, this is the beginning of a new chapter in both of our lives and I am glad I will be there every step of the way with Nicole. We also decided to create matching t-shirts to boot. September 25th won't be about how long it will take to complete the mud run, but that we did it together and never gave up. ALSO MUUUUUUUUUUD!

<3 FFF Diva Mo

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