Sunday, April 24, 2011
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
On April 16 I ran the Warrior Dash, my first mud run, with 4 friends. It was HUGE with waves of at least 100 people starting every 15 minutes all day for two days. We ran the 11 AM wave out at DFW Adventure Park. The big draw was a warrior hat, finisher's medal, t-shirt, and free beer included in the cost of registration. I went to the store and bought some warrior paint, and we all arrived early enough to go wild with it.
It was a 5k run with 13 obstacles including cargo net climbs, wall hurdles, climbing over broken, rusty cars, balancing tests, a hay bale climb, cold water crossings, fire jump, and a mud pit. Just a normal hash in Korea for me. I finished in 40:51, placing 3328 of 7393 overall (top 45%), and 191 of 483 in my age/gender group (top 40%).
My only complaint is that the event was so crowded there was more walking than running and big pile-ups at the obstacles, though this did help keep our group together and was ideal for the non-runner among us. Poor Ashley got pushed off a car as a guy tried to run past her so she had to walk most of the course, but at least he fell IN the rusty car and messed up his leg.
Post gray-water fire-hosing down
Monday, April 18, 2011
Being back has been great. I can't get over the open spaces, good drivers, clean air, and glorious spring weather. Also: Tex-Mex, barbeque, Shiner, and Bluebell! And I've arrived just in time for the bluebonnets.
So what's the plan? There is none.
I ran the Warrior Dash Saturday with four friends. It's a 3.25-mile mud obstacle course. The event site will post photos tomorrow, so I'll try to snag some. It was so awesome that I've signed up for a June 5 Down & Dirty Mud Run and am raising money for Operation Gratitude to send care packages to troops overseas.
Posted by The_Mon at 11:41 PM
Monday, April 11, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
This is also in Khao Suk
There were cats all over town and our resort.
The smoothies and cocktails are served thusly.
My travel companion, Karla, was thrilled to find a good pizza place.
Me, too. Mmm...gorgonzola.
Joe enjoyed the fruity drinks just as much as we did.
Tropical flowers galore!
Posted by The_Mon at 9:00 PM
Monday, April 4, 2011
This is the touristy island we left the day the flooding began.
The big Buddha
A little Buddha
Kaitlin said, "Yes, let's."
Kickin' it in the pool
If you don't keep up with the news, southern Thailand is suffering from the worst flooding in 50 years. Thousands of tourists are trapped, especially on Koh Samui, and more than 40 people have died. We were bummed that it rained most of our trip, but I couldn't be more grateful that we left when we did.
Posted by The_Mon at 10:05 PM