10k Mud Run – The Best Way to Start a Day

This morning, Matt and I ran 6.2 miles through mud with my grad school friends Elle and Lauren.


It was awesome.

Remember when I did a 5k mud run in April? It was a blast, so when I found the ad for today’s 10k mud run, I knew it needed to happen. Matt, Elle, and Lauren had heard me talk about the last run and were instantly on board.


(Yes, Elle’s shirt says “30 and dirty” — amazing)

What a race! We had an absolute blast. It was a lot like the other mud run I did, but longer and with even more fun/dirty obstacles.


Our wave started at 9 a.m., bright and early. We were ready to rock!


Loved the girls wearing tutus!

Our first obstacle was this mound of logs to climb over. Since it was right at the start of the race, there was a bit of a line.


It was actually way harder than it looked! Hard to get a grip on anything since the logs were so close together. But one of my favorite things about mud races is that people aren’t competing and are really focused on helping each other out. There was so much love on this course, especially at this obstacle where many were struggling! Everyone was helping and cheering on everyone else — I loved it.

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Then came the crazy mud pools.


Totally got my foot stuck and had to have a random lady help drag me out, lol. Thanks, random lady! :)

Rocking out in the mud with Elle:


LOVE this photo — mid jump:


Followed by more mud — these logs were “one over, one under, one over, one under…”


And then — more climbing! I liked this one. Very high, but fun.



Lauren (far left below) like: “Wait, how the heck do I get up this?”


On to the trenches!


View from down in the action:


Log walks!




Followed by more climbing:


And a monkey bars-esque obstacle — Matt was amazing at it, the girls and I all fell off into the water within two seconds. ;)


Brief pause to take a photo of how messy we were:


Then it was rope swing time! Clearly we also all fell into this pool, lol. Except for Matt — he made it!


Most amazing photo ever of Elle mid-wipeout:


Followed by a running interlude without any obstacles — had to get in those 6 miles somewhere! This was actually pretty challenging — my feet weighed like 500 pounds with all the mud attached to them!


Then, more ropes!


More mud:


More logs + mud:


Followed by one of my favorite obstacles:


So cool! It was like playing leap frog on lily pads.

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And then, obviously, more mud! This obstacle was fun — a high jump into a 10 foot mud pool!


Followed by some more mud wading/climbing:

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And then — the main event — a WATER SLIDE! So fun:


Close up — ha.




And finally — THE FINISH!


We are champions.

What a fun and ridiculous morning. We’re exhausted! 6 miles on a mud course took us about 2 hours — whew! Is 6 p.m. too early for bed?!

Enjoy the rest of your weekends. :)

p.s. For those of you wondering how I got pictures during this hot mess of a race, I bought a cheap Kodak waterproof digital camera. It was great and survived numerous muddy water submersions! It wasn’t even that much more money than a disposable water proof camera would be (when you count in getting photos developed, etc.), and I figured I’d use it again. Win!


  1. 1

    Looks so fun! i got to keep a look out for a mud run near me

  2. 2

    Wow that looks intense! Way cooler obstacles than the Run Amuk I did. I’m impressed your shoes stayed on without duct tape. Mud has some suction power!

  3. 4

    Looks like so much fun!!! I missed our race like that this year b/c of my dad’s stroke, but I definitely want to sign up for one next year! And, it was great that you got to do it with your sig other!

  4. 5

    That looks like so much fun! I’ve always been afraid to do these, but I might just have to bite the bullet!

  5. 7

    That race looks awesome!!! I would love to do something like that! I’ll have to see if there’s one in the Chicago area… haha but not until next summer. It’s a bit chilly for that now!

  6. 8

    Woah! Looks intense haha :)

  7. 9

    I share everyone’s excitement. That really does look like so. much. fun!! You look GREAT! You’re in such good shape. Do you mind sharing what clothing size you are?

  8. 12

    There are so many awesome things about this post!
    1. The course looks like the coolest mud run course I’ve ever seen.
    2. Elle’s wipeout picture
    3. Your nonchalant “hi, I’m a tight rope walker” face on those ropes.
    4. Matt’s face jumping into the mud pool.

    I SO want to do one of these now!

  9. 13

    This looks like a blast :)

  10. 14

    This looks fantastic! I think I’d be giggling the entire six miles. Except! Out of curiosity, did you see anyone running the course wearing glasses? I’d assume you’d put in contacts if you could? Goggles? Hah!

  11. 16

    Too cool! :) I was totally wondering how you got those photos! I was thinking maybe you hired

  12. 18

    so fun!!! i’ve been wanting to do one of these runs forever but I always seem to be working when they are in my area! hopefully next time … great pictures!

  13. 19

    Looks SO fun! I need to find a mud run in texas!

  14. 20

    Wow, Anne, the race looks amazingly fun! I love all the pics you were able to get. I never heard of these races before this year; I’ve only seen them on a few blogs lately. I really want to do one some time. Everything looks so fun…minus the running. ;)

    • 21

      I hadn’t heard of it until April when I did my first one! And yeah the running part was kind of rough actually since we were so weighed down… we were chanting “more obstacles, less running!!”

  15. 22

    Awesome! Well done!

  16. 23

    SOOO cool!! And I’m really glad you included that PS note! I definitely want to do one of these with a few friends so we can capture photos like this!

  17. 24

    That looks awesome!! Wow! I love all the smiles on everyone’s faces. :)

  18. 25

    Oooh, I hate getting dirty but that looks like fun for you guys. Awesome.

  19. 26

    Look like so much fun!

  20. 27

    Looks like you had a fun time!! :D

  21. 28

    I was wondering how you got such good pictures! Looks like a blast. My brother and I want to do a mud race ASAP!

  22. 29

    this looks like so much fun! i’ve always wanted to do a mud run. this inspires me to finally do one :)

  23. 31

    haha looks awesome!

  24. 32

    What fun! And congrats for finishing well! I got exhausted just looking at all the ups and downs and truly believe this is for the young. 6 p.m. May have been too early for bed…but I know i would have slept really well and it would have been an early night.

  25. 33

    that looks like such a blast! there is one in tennessee i want to do next year (warrior dash). i can’t wait, especially after seeing all the great pics of yours!

  26. 34

    Hopefully this doesnt come off creepy, but how do you look so pretty doing all of that?? Seriously?! I’m pretty sure thats not normal. :)


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