2011 USMC Fall Mud Run


I have a friend who had completed the “mud run” a couple of times.  I had seen a few pictures, and assumed it was a bunch of sloshing around in the mud for a charity.

Interesting, but…

Then another friend had a friend who had competed in a similar commercial event called a Warrior Dash.  It was about this time that I realized that the USMC Mud Run was more than I thought it was, and it piqued my interest.

Am I too old? Well, no.  Is my body too beat up?  No, actually.  Am I physically a couch potato?  Well, no.  I’m a computer chair potato, but I grow where I’m planted.  What the heck, why not?

Hello gym. Actually, I was already going to the gym when I decided to do this, but the fear of failure is a great motivator.  For six months, I went 4-5 times per week, which beget:

  • A loss of almost 20 lbs, without changing my diet.
  • 1.5” smaller neck size.
  • 2.5” smaller waist size.
  • 20% strength improvement
  • 5.2 miles of mostly running, courtesy of iPhone’s “Couch to 10k” App, an unforgiving trainer.
  • 5.2 miles of being able to breathe
  • 5.2 miles with a heart rate that doesn’t scare me.
  • Flexibility courtesy of yoga that I haven’t had in 20 years.

Consider, I’ve never run for more than a mile in my life… and maybe run a mile twice.

Finally, all the training and self questioning gave way to the turning of the calendar, and the USMC Mud Run finally arrived.

So, joining my friends, the Wilsons, as a team, we set off at 7:45 in the morning to face whatever came.  Amongst 2291 other teams, did we win?  No, not close.  But each of us, for various reasons, had already won when we first arrived. 

Below is a photo journal that features only a few of the obstacles/challenges along the course length.  Click the magazine, and it will expand to full screen.  Click a page once it’s opened, and it will zoom.  You’ll figure it out.

There were certainly scratches, bruises, sore muscles and the like, and they’ll all heal in time.  Rather amazingly, my favorite pair of old sneakers survived as well.



  1. Cool! That looks like you guys had a fun time. I hope there were showers nearby. Otherwise, it's a LONG trip back to Atlanta!


  2. Absolutly amazing! Congrats guys!!!

  3. Wow! Looks like ya'll had a lot of fun. You think you can your kids involved next year? Maybe do a family vs family thing against Jack? *grin*