Run a 5K obstacle course, party with your
girlfriends and help save lives.
By Heather Spohr
I was a little girl who liked to play hard. If that meant getting a little dirty, then all the better. I wasn’t about to stand on the sidelines just to keep my clothes clean. These days, I don’t have nearly as many opportunities to get dirt on my face, which is why I’m so excited about the Women’s Mud Runs organized by Lozilu a national philanthropic women’s fitness group whose name derives from the nicknames of its founders: Lauren Birkel (Loz) and Luisa Bryce (Lu).
A “mudder” is not your mother’s jog through the park, but it’s also not a dead-serious competition. Runners tackle a 5k trail full of awesomely named obstacles—Bad Hair Day, The Exfoliator, Tan Lines—in a party-like atmosphere with lots of great music. After crossing the finish line and proving how hardcore they are, participants and their friends hit a huge after-party to celebrate with dancing and refreshments. This incredible experience is made even better by the fact that Lozilu donates some of the proceeds to LIFE, a nonprofit organization dedicated to fighting blood cancers including leukemia and lymphoma.
I cannot wait to go on my first mud run with my friends. From what I gather, it’s like a boot-camp drill crossed with a girl’s night out (except during the day). There’s even a salon for pampering and makeovers. What attracts me the most, though, is the chance to exercise among the elements. I work out regularly at the gym, but there’s something dispiriting about pushing yourself to the limit on a treadmill while watching reruns of Sex and the City on a monitor. The prospect of working up a sweat while hurtling over obstacles, crawling through the mud and going down a hundred-foot-long slide with my friends gets my heart racing. Don’t tell anyone, but when I do my first mud run I’m pretty sure I’m going to pretend I’m Demi Moore in G.I. Jane.
Luckily, you don’t have to be G.I. Jane to take part. Women of all fitness levels participate, and since there are no guys around, each run has a very supportive girl-power vibe to it. Worried you’re not fit enough? Go to the LoziLu website and sign up for free training to help get you ready for your big day.
Tomorrow I’ll be back at the gym, working out on a treadmill and watching Carrie and the girls on the monitor, but that’s okay. It won’t be long before I’m on my first mud run, getting dirt on my face as I charge down a trail doing my best G.I. Jane impression.
Heather Spohr is a writer and philanthropist who blogs at the award-winning blog The Spohrs Are Multiplying (http://thespohrsaremultiplying.com/). She is a top fundraiser for the March of Dimes and the President and Co-Founder of Friends of Maddie (http://friendsofmaddie.org/), a charitable organization that supports the families of critically ill babies in Neonatal Intensive Care Units. She has spoken at numerous conferences, on CNN, and before members of Congress.