I wasn't going to write a report but I actually have a few free minutes and figured "why not?"...
This past weekend, I ran the Seven Springs Mud on the Mountain race with a group of friends. 7 miles and 22 obstacles sounded like a treat but to make it even better, Sandy dumped 22 inches of snow on the mountain. Craaaaazy! Luckily, Seven Springs was on top of it and used a Bobcat to clear out most of the path for the race but the cold definitely made it more of a challenge.
For those who don't know, Seven Springs is a ski resort; The race took place on the slopes. The hills were incredible. The challenges ranged from climbing ropes to army crawling through tunnels to scaling boulders and much more. On one of the obstacles, I was crawling through this tiny dark tunnel through mud when I heard my friends asking where I was. As it turns out, they had all elected to skip that particular one. My gloves got so mud covered that my hands started to hurt badly from the moisture/cold. I took off my gloves and grabbed a heat sheet. I was running down a mud covered hill with my hands tucked into my armpits for warmth when I fell - for the first time. My second fall wasn't as bad because I was moving pretty slow at that point.
It was so fun and I am DEFINITELY planning to do another one. I think; however, that I will wait for Spring because the cold and water obstacles do not mix well at all. My poor hands took about 24 hours to fully recover!
The race is not timed but it took our group about 2 hours and 20 minutes to finish. I'm so proud of all of us:)