Monday, September 27, 2010

The Evolution of Running (the Dirty Dash)

"Have you ever said to yourself, “Marathons are too easy, and Triathlons are for sissies?”

We haven’t either…those races are really hard. Think about it…the first person to run a marathon actually died. HE DIED!...and he probably didn’t even have fun along the way!"

When I read this, I knew this race was for me... the Dirty Dash 10K a race that turns boys to men and men(women) to swine...
This was not your A typical race, let me tell you a little about it... we arrived in 80's uniform because dressing up was encouraged. We then began the race by running up the side of the mountain in mud... we then encountered 5 foot hay stacks that were meant to be hurdle over accompanied by long black tubes that we had to crawl through. After running uphill and through dozens of switchbacks, we then reached the muddy wood walls that were meant to be climbed or slithered over.

After reaching our last wall we ran down to tires that we jump through and onto a the lake, where we ran through sticky, black mud that smelled of old insect carcasses.

After feeling like we were running 80 miles we then had to run up the side of the mountain one last time to reach the slip in slide the best obstacle of all. Sliding down was thrilling and wet and when we reached the bottom we ran to our last destiny. The mud pit... let me just allow the pictures below to end this post...

Before the race



Running up the mountian




Kelsi shoved me in...











Yes, Yes that is Kelsi underneath



My favorite picture.. and please note Kelsi's face




16 comments:

Elisabeth (and Tyler) said...

You Hansen girls are SOOOOO much fun! I would have loved to have done this with you!! Did Brandon take the pictures? AWESOME. Miss you guys. Wish we lived closer!!

Dave and Lizzie Barrett said...

This is SO awesome!!

the momma-kana said...

LOve the pictures! So, I did one of these in Hawaii and i thought it was a blast and couldn't believe I enjoyed getting so dirty. Way to dress up! They have one here in Houston that I have been trying to do for two years. And now you have inspired me for next year. Feel like coming down adn joining me? :)

Elma Gonzales said...

Hi, Shelby!
I love your pictures! Do you have more you can share with us? :)

McKay said...

I loved this...Shelby you are getting to be a great writer. Have they always done this and how come I never heard about it?

Kylee Copeland said...

Shelby, didn't you just have a baby? You aren't supposed to look that good! I am so impressed, you rocked that race!

marcia said...

Looks like it was really fun. I guess running is funner when you combine the mud. You guys looked adorable before the race started! Ha

Tina said...

What a riot!!! I loved playing mud volleyball in high school so this looked like a blast!! How fun to do it with your sisters and friends!!! You look gorgeous even covered in mud!!

Jenny Alama said...

How fun! I'm not sure I would have made it past the first mountain. Haha. Great job!!

Kelsi Hansen said...

Wow. Thank you so very much Brandon for the photos! They were all I could ever have expected and more. I agree with McKay that was great writing Shelby. Also what is up with the picture where we're standing in a line? Am I doing a victory dance? All I can say is we look GOOD in mud.

Bev said...

What fun!! My family is doing http://www.mudquestrun.com/ this weekend. They even have a course for my 3 & 6 yr old grandsons. Looks like you girls had a blast!!
P.S. I tried to send a gift for Daxton to the Donny.com address, but it was returned :(

Jospeh and Brittany said...

Oh my gosh that looks so fun:) do they do that every year? where is it at? I want to do it so bad:):)

Cassidy & Daniel Stephens said...

We are so AWESOME!! I love the pictures.. turned out awesome. I want to do it again.:0 and kelsi you look creepy in our victory picture.. haha

Nate and Keshia said...

Are you kidding me?! You are the funnest and craziest girl I know. Looks like a blast, and I'm not one to normally jump for the mud puddles. :)

marcia said...

ew I can't believe you would go in mud that reminds me of the good ol days when I would go around with the kids and play in the mud and maybe shove the kids down in the mud and make them cry.

Lauren said...

Way to go Shelby! I can't beleive you ran that whole thing right after you were pregnant! Your amazing.