(buff mama monday) 5k, check

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LoziLu 5k Mud Run“The Mighty Muddy Mamas” (I’m on the far right)

My first Buff Mama Monday post was back in August. I was 22 pounds heavier and could barely run for 2 minutes straight. I really wasn’t even sure what a healthy diet looked like until Nutrisystem came into my life. At the start of this, I said that I would commit to 6 months of blogging about my weight loss journey. You know, in case if it wasn’t going so well, I had an out. Here I am, 8 months later, still committed and making this a lifestyle change. I think I can officially call myself a buff mama. I still have work to do and I still have goals to reach. Some days are harder than others, but I’m doing it.

This past Saturday I completed my first 5k. Not just any 5k, that would be too easy. It was a mud run through the desert. I’m not joking when I say a run through the desert. There were very few trails and lots of rocks. I was looking down at my feet the entire time, praying that I wouldn’t fall on my face. Thankfully I survived, didn’t trip once and only endured minimal bruising.

Oh and did I mention that there were obstacles throughout the course? Before I started the race, I told myself that my goal was to just complete the 5k and if I had to skip over an obstacle then so be it. My competitiveness got the best of me and before I knew it, I was scaling walls, leaping through mud (that would be me below, number 654) and walking across a wobbly balance beam. I completed every single obstacle. I’m as girly as they come, I don’t do this stuff! But I did and it was awesome, especially the mud!

5k Mud Runvia erin miller photography

via erin miller photography

There came a point during the run that I was ready to just be done. I got to an obstacle, crawling under a crazy net thing, and the volunteer there told us that we were halfway done. HALFWAY DONE?! Don’t you mean that we’re 90% done? I took a deep breath and mentally prepared myself to go another 1.5ish miles. I can do this, I told myself. I remembered the quote that I first heard at my mama bootcamp, “your mind will quit a thousand times before your body will”. I pushed on. Don’t. Stop. Running.

Next came hills. I reminded myself that I ran up hills with 10lb weights at my mama bootcamp the previous weekend. I could hear my instructor in my head, “RUN up those hills, Vanessa” and I did. Around the corner I saw my husband with Logan and I wanted to cry. It meant the world to me that my son was there watching his mommy accomplish a goal that she never thought was possible. I pushed harder.

LoziLu 5k Mud Runvia erin miller photography

Right before the finish line was a giant slip’n slide. I remember looking at that thing before the race, terrified. After pushing myself for 3+ miles, that little ol’ slip’n slide was nothing. I flew down the hill and it was the best part of the run! It led right into a mud pit, which they had us crawl through under wires. I could finally see the finish line after that. I picked myself up out of the mud and proudly ran through the finish line to my family. I can’t wait for the next one (which I’m already planning)!

I did it!

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8 Responses

  1. I twitted you! CONGRADULATIONS Vanessa . Hubby & Logan must be so proud? Thank you for sharing the pictures, they were awesome. Sent chills up my legs. WOW 1 XXXXX

    1. Aww thanks Susan! Yes, it meant the world to me to have my little family there cheering me on 🙂

  2. Congratulations! I feel the same way about my first mile every single time I run, like I can’t make it, but then the good parts kick in around 2 miles and the last one is a breeze. I too almost cried when I saw my husband at the 2 mi mark at my first race (the beebs was napping with his grannys). This next race, we are planning for him to be there. I can’t wait until he’s old enough to run his first race with me!

  3. Way to rock it out there on Saturday!!! Glad you had fun out there! Love this post and will continue to look forward to read more about your fitness journey. Best- Lauren (Lozi)

    1. Thanks for stopping by Lozi! I will never forget my first 5k, what an amazing experience. I’m so glad LoziLu was my first 🙂

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Welcome to See Vanessa Craft! I’m Vanessa, an MSSW and mom of two in Arizona, and I’m happy you’re here to get inspired with me. It’s my mission in life to spread creativity through crafts, recipes, travel and more in order to live a life well lived.