Tina decided we were going to be in the Uff Da Mud Run in Grand Forks, ND. I'm not quite sure how she talked me into it - but she did.
I'm not sure I knew what I was in for until I paid the registration fee and starting reading about the different obstacles. I was scared to death.
Caron, Tina, and I trained. We ran. And then, we ran some more. We army crawled. We swam.
Eventually... they put the course map out.
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In the back of my mind, I figured I would do some of the obstacles and support Tina and Caron as they managed the course.
Every Thursday, we met at the park and ran the hills of Red Lake Falls. I always knew they were faster than I was, but I plugged away. I did what I could.
Friday night, Caron and Tina picked me up. We registered for the race and went for supper. We scanned the course took a big gulp went home and tried to sleep.
Jason brought me and the girls to the starting line the next morning. Natalie and I stood at the riverbank looking at the final swim when she turned to me and said "Mom, it's just sad."
"I wonder how many people will drown today."
IF that didn't comfort my anxiety for the day, I'm not sure what would.
Tina, Caron, and I started at the finish line pumped and ready to go!
We started over the first few obstacles of muddy rocks, hay bales, and increasing wall heights, and looked at each other and knew we were going to try them all.
I wasn't the fastest runner, but I had heart and determination, and I did things that day that I never thought I'd do.
What sticks in my mind the most is when I stood in line to climb a cliff and thinking that there was no way I'd do that. In the back of my mind, I wondered how I was going to get out of it. I watched Tina go, and then, Caron. I decided that if they could do it, I could do it too. I grabbed the rope and wrapped the rope around my wrist. I climbed up about 4/5 of the way and looked down. I did not want to fall. I was so tired. I looked up - it seemed so far. I looked down. I didn't want to go down either. And, at the top my friends yelled "You can do it. You can do it." And I went a bit further.. and then, arms hugged on to me, and they lifted me up the rest of the way. I did it.
In every day's struggles, I think of reaching the top with someone's help. I think of helping kids get to the top. I'm more determined.