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Some of the participants in a recent Survivor Mud Run in Lathrop.

HIME ROMERO/209 Health & Wellness

POSTED July 24, 2012 6:41 p.m.

The well-known and popular Survivor Mud Run made a triumphant trek to Lathrop earlier this year (April 21 and 22) as 4,719 participants tackled a barrage of obstacles nearly four miles long. Action included hurdles, a cargo climb, a cargo craw, a log jam, monkey bars, legs of rubber, a woven web, a survivors slide and, of course, mud pits. The daunting obstacles, some even tagged with monikers like ‘ditch of death’ and ‘doomsday hill’ did little to deter Oakdale Leader classified advertising coordinator Michelle Kendig from an experience she says was ‘priceless’. She had an opportunity to share her experience with The Leader’s editorial staff recently, and her reflections on the grand event are listed in a question and answer session below.

Question: Why did you decide to get involved in a ‘Mud Run’?

Answer: “My two co-workers, who are both avid marathon runners, signed up and it sounded interesting so I signed up, too. I had never done anything like it. Sports were never my thing. I am not a ‘fit’ person by any means and was sure that’s the type of people who did these events. But there were people of all sizes and ages who participated.”

Q: What, if anything, did you know about it ahead of time?

A: “I didn’t know too much about it but I love a challenge and an adventure! We checked out the website and I was a bit reluctant with obstacles named ‘the ditch of death’ and ‘doomsday hill’.”

Q: Was the experience how you expected it would be — or was it harder (or easier) than you anticipated?

A: “It was a bit difficult for me because although I had been walking daily for my health, I definitely was not prepared. But my co-workers were so very patient with me and did not make me feel like I had to rush or go at their pace.”

Q: What were you feeling as you were taking part and how did you feel when you were done?

A: “I loved how nice the other participants were toward each other and although it was not a team event, people cheered others on and encouraged them to finish.”

Q: Is it something you would do again? Why or why not?

A: “I would love to do it again but would train a lot harder than the first time. I didn’t take it too seriously when they give you a beer at the finish line.”

Q: What did you learn about yourself through this event?

A: “Before the event I was sure I was crazy and thought, ‘What the heck did I get myself into?!’, but the accomplishment I felt afterwards was priceless.”

Q: What would you tell someone who is considering doing a mud run — how would you suggest they get prepared?

A: “Train, train, train! Walk, run, eat well and drink a lot of water after runs. I was a bit self-conscious before the event, but I realized nobody cared what I looked like. That made me more at ease and I was totally able to enjoy myself.”

Q: What did you enjoy most about it?

A: “That I finished.”

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