3 miles and 21 obstacles. Why not?!

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“How about an obstacle course?!”
“A what?”
“You know, a 5k but with things to climb and go under and get muddy and swing on?!”
“Oh! Ok! Let’s do it! Should we tell Jack and Ryan now or when we get closer?”
“Uh, I vote when we get closer.”

That sums it the first conversation pretty well. We had been talking about doing a race together since the last 5k we signed up for was a little bit of a bust. Ryan ended up having to work, and Roo had a minor injury and just heckled Jack and I from the water station.

It was finally agreed (ahem … by me and Roo) that we needed to sign up and do it before summer got too hot. So, a local obstacle course 5k, the Gaylord Gauntlet it was! The pictures from last year looked really fun. Plus, we figured there would be a lot of “breaks” for walls or rope swings, there wouldn’t be TOO much running involved. We also loved that the race supported the hospital – “a long-term acute and chronic care hospital. We provide care and treatment beyond the scope of a traditional hospital. We specialize in Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Pulmonay, Stroke and Complex Medical Care. Patients can be seen in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.” Some of the patients even participated in the race!

Race day rolls around and we agree to meet up about an hour before our wave time. Unfortunately we were just a little slow SO quick that we missed the photo opportunities at each obstacle, but we have a few from the start and finish that we wanted to share! There was also a great video for the race that showed some of the walls and climbs as well, and you catch a glimpse of us right around the 2 minute mark. AND hear Ryan say something about “meet you at the cheese fries.” We run classy, guys. ;)

Thanks to team SmartyPants we had sweet matching dri-fit shirts and looked super official. :)

gaylord gauntlet

gaylord gauntlet map

3 miles, 21 obstacles, a little jogging and a lot of ridiculous comments. It was like Jack and I were trying to stay as clean as possible and Roo and Ryan were not only attempting to get absolutely filthy, but to also get anyone within a 3 foot radius muddy as well. Imagine this, you’re going to gingerly scoot under a log that is sitting about one foot over a puddle of muddy water and out of nowhere comes your friend running full speed to dive under the log, gracefully landing right into a pool of mud. Right next to you. Quasi-clean, shiny new SmartyPants shirt? No longer anywhere near clean.

All that to say, we highly recommend running around like a crazy person with some of your friends. Especially when it involves rope swings, a high-low tight rope and crawling around under tarps in the sand.

This post was sponsored by SmartyPants Vitamins. Not just the post though. Our children not only love SmartyPants, but beg for extra vitamins daily. We also love them since we can vouch for the fact that they are free of soy, wheat, milk, sesame, mustard, peanuts, tree nuts, corn and egg!

Alayna Wetherhead

Alayna Wetherhead lives in Connecticut with her husband and son who totally thinks he's a superhero. She likes running, making cookies out of chick peas, is a Yankee fan by marriage, and gets a high out of seeing her grocery total after coupons. She also has an Instagram you can follow.

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