Virginia is for Mudders


In mid-October, my mom and her friend, Anne (who also practically raised me from birth) came to town to watch Zoe Kate while Matt and I went to Charlottesville, VA for the weekend.  Ahhhhhhhhhh.  As I write about it now, it makes me want to go back, for so many reasons.  On the way up there, we visited Washington & Lee (where I went to school), which was heart-warming (panini #1 at Joyful Spirit, walking across the cobblestones of the Colonnade, actually running into people we knew…Lexington is a magical place).  Then we spent the weekend with Matt’s best friends from college and their spouses in C’ville (the crew came together from all parts of the contiguous…Boone, Fort Worth, Seattle, Savannah and Charlottesville) .  The purpose of this trip, you ask?  Matt and his friends were running a race called the Tough Mudder.

The Colonnade at Washington & Lee

Me, Matt, Nicole and Clint Rule, Blake and Kara Simonson, Russ and Katherine Edwards

Let me break this down for you.  Before training for this race, Matt despised exercise.  “I hate lifting heavy objects…why would I go to a gym and do that on purpose??” he would commonly say.  Or “I can’t breathe when I’m running; that’s stupid.”  I believe his friends were under a similar spell.  So, naturally, they decided to run a 10 mile mud race.  With 26 obstacles.  Designed by the Marines.  Up and down the black-diamond ski slopes of Wintergreen.  Soaking wet.  In 40 degree weather.  With mustaches.  (If you know any of these guys, that last part makes total sense).

I was so proud of him.  He and his friends were pretty diligent in their training, and they completed the course in 5 hours.  At the end of the race, I was amazed at their endurance and so thankful to be warm/dry.  After the race, they treated the wives by giving us massage appointments at a local spa that day.  Makes total sense that we would need the massages.  Wha?  So kind and thoughtful.

Yes, WAMP fans, they ARE wearing shirts that give a wink back to their times in their band. These shirts were made especially for this race.

This obstacle was towards the end of the course. Cruel.

Final Obstacle: Right after the guys got sprayed with a hose, they ran through a series of dangling live wires with low voltages. Our guys said it felt "tingly"...but, while we were waiting at the finish line, we ladies saw a couple of people get pretty beat-up from it. Yikes.

We were glad to see Buggy when we got home that Sunday.  And I think Mom and Anne were glad to see us, too!  It was a win-win-win situation, though.  Mom/Anne loved time with ZK – ZK loved time with them – we loved time away.  Win-win-win.  High-five, team.


2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sarah on January 15, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    Brent is doing that race in Dallas this year. Can’t wait to watch from afar! Congrats to Matt and the other guys!!!


  2. this post makes me incredibly jealous. i miss all these people so much!

    also- i like it when another person’s resolution for the year affects my life for the better. you’re not great at updating facebook, and all i get from matt’s facebook page are his very.random thoughts, so i’m glad you’ll be blogging more.

    love those howells.


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