Wednesday, September 5, 2018

I Survived... Again!


Instead of posing a poem or devotional like I normally would, I thought I would share with ya'll something that was TOTALLY FUN we did on Monday... *Shoots off fireworks* *Throws confetti* *And mud in this case, or whatever else you throw when your excited*... We did a mud gauntlet! 

If you are thinking to yourself that this introduction sounded very familiar, your right! This post is going to be very similar to my triathlon post... if you are new around Showers of Blessings, then feel free to go check out my first "I Survived" post HERE!!!

So, I survived... again! Well, it was more EPIC fun than a survival, but I can still say that I have successfully completed a mud gauntlet! 

What is a mud gauntlet? It's a super fun obstacle course in the MUD! It was as long as a 5k with over 35 obstacles to work together as a team.

On September 3rd (funny how the triathlon was on June 3rd too) my family and I woke up super duper duper early (5am) and after our animal chores were done, we drove out. It took us a VERY long time to get there but we listened to music and ate/drank our breakfast, which was FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE DRINKS! (<-- I had no idea I liked them so much, but I think by now, the whole blogosphere knows how much I like them!)

And guess what, my stomach hurt! Advil was only making me dizzy, but you know, the moment we started, I felt completely fine! God made it possible for me to do this mud gauntlet, and I am so glad He did, because I made some great memories with my family! 

Before pictures...




When we arrived, we waited for awhile and collected our packets. During this time, my cousin drew on us with a sharpie maker our team name "Dirty Dozen." 


Fireworks burst in the air as we crossed the starting line. The first obstacle was to climb over a "mountain" of stacked canoes. Very fun, but slippery. We jumped round bales and and 4' walls. We slipped and slid into mud pits, and crawled through tunnels. We jogged part of it, but mostly just had fun with it. There was a hiking stretch that was mostly up hill with rope to climb up the steeper hills. Our team was very encouraging throughout! Lots of "Dirty! Dozen!" shouting, "Dig! Deeper!" calling, and counting to 12. We helped each other over walls and the rope swing (only a few people actually made it over, I was one of the ones to land in the muddy water below...) 

We crossed the creek twice, and then there was more obstacles!




We all agreed that our favorite obstacle was the water/mud slide in the woods. Two black culverts cut in half to make the "Slide" and a water/mud pit at the end! Super fun! (Although the muddy water did not taste very good... just take my word for it!)
Towards the end, we got tired, but kept going. Mud was EVERYWHERE! Well, I guess we did kind of help each other get just a little bit more muddy! ;P
After we crossed the finish line, they had hoses to wash off and food (food was just ok, since I couldn't eat most of it because it was meat) and music. 

10 things we all can learn from a mud gauntlet:
1. Its ok to get messy, that's the point!
2. Have fun with it! 
3. HELP EACH OTHER! Work as a team!
4. Bring shoes to change into. (Unfortunately we learned this the hard way...)
5. Be encouraging. People need encouragement.
6. Stay hydrated!
7. Keep moving forward!
8. Try the obstacles even if they are intimidating...
9. It's OK to need help with it.
10. God will bring you through!

Here's some more pictures...!



After Picture! You might not be able to tell, but we are covered in mud!


My Dad and I!


My Mom and I!


Yum! 


 The weather was perfect!


Little Petey is not so little anymore! 


Poor baby was scared of the fireworks!


Feeling accomplished on the way home and ready for a nap! 

Actually, later that day we were driving and saw a rainbow. Rainbows are so comforting to me because it's like a refresher on God's promises. And I'm just now realizing that the day of the triathlon we saw a rainbow too! Isn't God amazing how He places His sign for us to see at just the right times?? 

Has anyone ever done a mud gauntlet before? Do you like getting muddy? Did you like hearing about how it went? Ya'll, It's September! What are you up to this month? Have you started school? How's your WIP's going? Any thing exciting happening this September? Lets talk about it! 
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26 comments:

  1. Wow, sounds like a LOT of fun! And it's so cool how God teaches us lessons while we're doing things we enjoy, right?!

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    1. It was a lot of fun! We got sooo muddy!
      Yes, it really is amazing how God teaches us anytime and anywhere! God is good!
      Thanks so much for commenting, Danielle!

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  2. This looks like so much fun!! I would love to be a part of something like that sometime. OH MY ALL THE MUD TOO! Added fun.
    Simply Me

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    1. It was a blast! And the MUD pits were so fun! But the best part about it was the teamwork and encouragement from everyone! Thanks for reading! :)

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  3. I love the after photo!! Looks like you did well plus had heaps of fun.

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    1. Me too! The obstacles and mud made it way more fun than a plain 5k! Glad you stopped by, Rachel!!!

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  4. How fun! I wouldn't have been good at that, congrats on surviving!! :D

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    1. It surprised me at how much fun I had! Thanks for commenting! :)

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  5. Mud runs are so much fun!! There's one in my town every year. I don't particularly have a thing for mud, but I'm always getting covered in it anyway. I go to water the horses and I come back soaking wet and covered in mud. I just ruined a new pair of jeans that way. I don't know how I do it...

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    1. They really are! Once I got covered in mud, that's when it was the most fun! Yes, I can totally relate! Horses and mud just kind of go together!!! Thanks for reading! ;D

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    1. It was really fun! I'm so glad I did it! Thanks for stopping by, Jessica! <3

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  7. this is just totally awesome! I've never done any obstacle course race thingys but it sound like quite something! I'll stick to races. By the way, next saturday i'm doing a half marathon!

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    1. It was so fun! Good luck on your half marathon race!

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  8. Great job, Brooklyne!
    Frozen hot chocolate.... that sounds delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah, it was fun!
      Oh my, it is! The place we get them knows us by now! Frozen hot chocolate drinks have seriously been one of the highlights of summer! :P

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  9. I wanna do one of those now!! That sounds like so much fun! :D Actually, we had a lot of rain the past week or so where I live and our team had a meet today (but I didn't run) and they were ALL muddy from head to toe! XD My brother said it was probably the funnest race he's ever ran!

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    1. You should totally try one sometime! It was a blast! Especially having a team of 12! It's actually raining outside right now, (we put the horses in the barn...) it's been raining for a couple of days.
      I bet it was fun! Getting all muddy doesn't really sound like fun, but one you are, it's crazy fun! :D

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  10. Wow, that looks like, fun, work, and dirty! *laughs*

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    1. It definitely was all of those three things! *winks*

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  11. Auntie Jenny was telling us about that. We were thinking about doing one next year. Know I definitely want to do that cause it looks like fun!!

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    1. It was a lot of fun! You and your sisters would have so much fun in the mud! =)

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