Over 20 members of The Crew attended a local 6.7 mile trail race put on by Pretzel City Sports on Sunday, February 28th; it was called The Ugly Mudder. Crew member Kyle Campbell recaps his experience of the race.
Let’s start by rewinding two weeks back to the Chilly Cheeks 11k. To spare the details of the race, let’s just say I STRUGGLED with it. Approximately 1300 feet of elevation gain, up and down, up and down, and the first time I ever ran a trail with that much elevation in 30 degree temps. I had terrible lower back pain, from the first hill to the last hill, I walked A LOT, and I had to stop a few times, but I finished in a time of 1 hour 40 minutes and some change. I left that race in pain and mentally destroyed saying to myself “I have 3 months till my Beast, how the hell am I going to do this??”
So I started ramping up my training with the support of The Crew! Last Sunday, we did an awesome 4.5 mile run at Neversink Mountain with 750 feet of elevation gain in 48 minutes, of course stopping for obligatory burpees and Sparta-Bell workouts throughout the run.
Anywho, back to the story of the Ugly Mudder…I convinced myself I would sign up with a goal of beating my time from Chilly Cheeks two weeks prior. After a few awesome team photos, we were off to the starting line. As Ron explained the trail to everyone he said “the first 2 and half miles really suck, the rest just sucks, until you get to the last hill which is the worst hill on the course.” I said to myself, “s**t what did I get myself into?” but I reminded myself what my goals were for the day—to better my 11k trail time and to not stop.
Another gentleman and I help her up and she doesn’t lose a beat—bloody palm, bloody knee, brown teeth and a freaking desire to kick ass. At this point, I said to myself “I am going to try my best to keep up with this BAMF!” (If you don’t know what that means just use the Google.) Before I know it, we are on the final stretch with the finish line in sight. Who do I hear? None other than Jason cheering and motivating me and a few others from The Crew up the final hill. As I eclipse the hill and see the actual finish line, I see that the time says 1:19 and counting so I power through the last 100 yards and hit 1:20 and some change. I was 20 minutes FASTER than my 11k trail run two weeks prior! So I think to myself, did I accomplish my goals? Why YES, YES I did! I beat my previous 11k trail time and I did it without stopping! Did I walk up a few hills? Absolutely, but I never stopped! Best of all, I got to meet more people from The Crew!
After the race, and after stuffing my face with bagels and Gatorade, it all kind of sunk in. I’m improving! I need to keep reminding myself that this is a process and that it is all about progress and not perfection.
Everyone in The Crew is as supportive as they come even though we are all at different fitness levels, which is exactly why I love this group. No matter where you are on your journey, remember that everyone must start somewhere and in the words of the late, great Greg Plitt, “Every action has a purpose! When every action has a purpose, every action has a result.”
- Kyle signing out.
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