Sandwiched between Spartan races was a little brother to them, right down the road from our house. We tried to get a bunch of friends to do it with us. Broken collarbone, a wedding to attend, on vacation, etc, were some of the excuses we got! When the weather forecast looked awful, a few more caved. Jim's mom was visiting us that weekend, so even Jim had a handy excuse for not racing (he had to carry her umbrella).
Anyway, Brett and Kristina were still game, and the three of us had a fun journey around the 5k that is the Terrain Race. All of the obstacles were just a little smaller and less well-built than the Spartan, but it was fun, even if the weather was cold and rainy. When we got to the dunk wall, I realized for the first time that I wasn't racing this and I could skip the obstacle if I wanted. I did! I SO didn't want to get wet. Brett jumped right in and swam in the mud (and manure of course, since it was dug in the middle of an equestrian arena!). He said later he spent extra time cleaning out his ears.
I did eventually get my legs wet on some mud humps but thankfully no swimming. Even the monkey bars-over-pool obstacle was shut down because they didn't have a proper filter in the water. Ha. As if that mattered before jumping into the manure lake a mile later.
It was kind of fun to run a race without going too hard. The obstacles were kind of different from Spartan, and there was no burpee pit in sight! (At this race you have to complete each obstacle, multiple attempts ok, to be competitive, or you are moved to the "fun" un-timed category).