The Dirty Dash

You guys, this morning I got to do one of the most fun, exhausting, DIRTY things I have probably ever done.

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As a part of my partnership with fitfluential I was given the opportunity to run the Dirty Dash in Colorado Springs.   For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Dirty Dash, here is a blurb from their website

Have you ever said to yourself, “Marathons are too easy, and Triathlons are for sissies?”

We haven’t either…those races are really hard. Think about it…the first person to run a marathon actually died. HE DIED!…and he probably didn’t even have fun along the way!

Well, welcome to a new kind of race: THE DIRTY DASH. This race that puts all other races to shame. The Dirty Dash is a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then man to swine.

You’ll need endurance to trudge up mountains of sludge, courage to overcome uncompromising obstacles, a complete lack of shame to wallow in pits of mud and a smile to show through at the end!

So let this mud run obstacle course become your new guilty pleasure. Go solo or with some of your dirtiest, filthiest, & uncouth friends. Either way, you’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I am a Dirty Dasher!”… and then proceed to clean yourself off.

Let’s just say I was a little more than psyched for this race.   Over my years of running, I’ve read all about mud runs but never got to try one, until today!

This Morning

The race is a little beyond the city of Colorado Springs at Pike’s Peak International Speedway, about a 90 mile drive from where we’re at in Denver.  After a long and active day yesterday, Zach and I went to bed early knowing we had a 6 AM wake up call.

Let’s just say getting out of bed wasn’t early, but it was totally worth it.  The drive out to the speedway was easy and painless.  Leaving at 630, we actually arrived around 745 {upps}.  I guess we wanted to give me plenty of time for packet pick up? ha

Thankfully, packet pick up was a BREEZE and even though I had a 920 race start, I was able to actually jump into the 800 group without a problem.  Hello AWESOME.

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I saw a TON of piled up mud as we were driving up to our parking spot, so I knew this was going to be a good one.

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Zach took a moment to snap a before shot, and right away I was on the course.   And by right away I mean, within 10 feet I was jumping in a huge mud pit.   Dive in head first I supposed.

The first jump in was a bit of a shock, but right away I was cracking up and knew I was going to have a blast.

While I haven’t run any other races to compare this one too, I would say the obstacles were well spaced apart and most of them focused on mud or water.  There are a few exceptions, like wall climbs, rope climbs, log walks, barrel crawls, etc.   I ran between all of the obstacles, but I would say that most of the participants were doing a mix of running and walking, and as I got further in more and more were just walking and chatting between obstacles.   Having a BLAST.

A few shots from their website since I couldn’t carry a camera.

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My favorite of the obstacles was definitely the rope climb . . . but they were all a blast.

Mile markers are clearly marked along the course and I was having such a blast, I was surprised at every single one.   There  was also two different water stops (one had root beer), so you didn’t need to carry anything which is always nice.

By the time I hit mile marker three and had to get through the final couple of obstacles, I was a muddy and giddy mess.  Even though I woke up dead tired from yesterday’s hike, I forgot all about it the second I hit the course.  I would HIGHLY recommend the Dirty Dash to anyone, of any level really.  There were plenty of people who were out there just to have fun, and it didn’t bother anyone.  There were runners and walkers at every pace, so you wouldn’t have a problem finding your own group.

One thing I did notice, which wasn’t a surprise, is that most people did the race in a group, which WHEN I do this again I will definitely do.  People were having a BLAST body slamming each other into mud and just enjoying a morning stroll.

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There are still multiple races offered this season, so you should definitely check one out if you get the opportunity. Check out their location still available 

  • August 23 – New Mexico
  • September 6 – Missoula
  • September 13 – Utah
  • September 23 – Virginia Beach

 

And don’t forget you get 20% off when you use the MEDALS discount code!

So come on, what are you waiting for?  GET DIRTY!

This post was sponsored by The Dirty Dash but all views and opinions are my own. 

 

 

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A Busy Weekend and Exciting DIRTY Deal For YOU!

I’VE GOT SOME BIG NEWS FOR YOU GUYS AT THE END OF THE POST, but first let’s get through normal business

Another Summer weekend in the books.

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Did everyone enjoy their weekend?  Ours was very busy by our standards, but the perfect mix of fun and activity.  Let’s backtrack 🙂

Friday Night

I left you all Saturday morning mentioning that I followed up a half day of work with a nice short hike up in the front range in Golden, CO.

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I did the Chimney Gulch trail which was just over 3 miles and a nice prep for a much longer weekend hike on Sunday.

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I celebrated the weekend with a donut from Whole Foods

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{totally worth the potential stomach ache at the moment}

While Zach wrapped up work.  Around 430 we headed out to walk to a happy hour at a new bar a few blocks from our house, The Matedor.

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I started off the night with a Cucumber Jalapeno margarita and enjoyed every spicy sip.

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Zach and I split some stuffed jalapenos  while we tried to decide whether we wanted to extend our happy hour.

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Ultimately, we decided we were having too much fun and I enjoyed a glass of white wine and good conversation until we headed off to our dinner spot for the evening.

Sushi Bay

We had planned to go to one of our favorite and affordable sushi spots int he Tennyson neighborhood of Denver, Sushi Bay.  Never dissapoints.

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We started with two good size rolls to judge our hunger.

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Which we followed up with two more — one of which continued the jalepeno theme of the evening (and was VERY hot.  We actually ended up not finishing it, ha).

Just looking at all these rolls is making me want to go back.  Like now.  Maybe I can talk Zach into basically repeating this date night this week.  What do you think babe?

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I sipped another glass of white wine with my dinner but at this point in the evening I was reaching my alcohol limit.  We stretched out dinner for quite some time and I had no trouble savoring this drink the entire time.

Saturday Morning

Neither Zach nor I spelt particularly well Friday night, so we were slow to roll outta bed around 730 or 8 AM.  We knew we wanted to get a run in, so I snacked on an easy-to-digest tummy friendly snack before hitting the road.

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Run

 We didn’t get out the door until almost 9 AM, so it was already getting hot and muggy.  Never a good sign.  I managed to truck it out with him over the hills until about 4.5 miles, where we stopped for a water and bathroom break.  Zach still felt great while I was feeling the mix of heat plus drinks from the night before…

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Zach ended up going a couple extra miles while I just trucked it back home.  I made it a little over 5 miles before I just walked it out.  A nice slow start to the morning, nothing wrong with that.

We got a few things done around the house (including my hubby finally hanging back up our rearview mirror that literally just dropped from the windshield awhile go.  Oddest thing) before our hunger stopped us in our tracks.

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Eggs with some goat cheese, garden tomatoes and fresh basil on a corn tortilla.  DELISH.  I WILL Be making this meal again.  ASAP.

We had a friend stop by for a little while to pick up a few things, and before we knew it, it was time to head to our first part of the evening.

A 50th Celebration

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One of Zach’s cousins who live in Colorado was celebrating his 50th birthday this weekend, so we headed out to celebrate and spend time with family.

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The night was a blast, full of family, good food and fun.

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I enjoyed a Qudoba bar with greens, chicken and salsa

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plus a peanut butter chocolate gluten free cupcake.  YUM

After a couple hours we headed to our second part of the evening, but by this point I guess my camera wasn’t in my thoughts because I didn’t snap any pictures.  Either way we were celebrating a friend going back to school and had a BLAST with some old work friends.

We were home around 11, to be sure we got enough rest for a tough hike the next morning.

Sunday Morning Hike

Zach and I were up and at em early — out of the house before 715 with Gus in hand for a birthday hike 🙂

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Gusman and the two of us made it over twelve miles for an exhausting but fun way to wrap up our weekend.

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We finished our hike right before 1 PM, and were HUNGRY.   All we had eaten were snacks, including trail mix, fruit and pb pretzels.  Food was needed.

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A gluten free pizza and beer from a golden brewery right off the main street.  And dog friendly WITH Yahtzee, perfect.

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I was dog tired by the time we got home, so I showered then settled in for a chick flick while Zach got some work done outside.

The evening slipped away and before I knew it, it was almost 8 PM.  Time for some grub before passing out.

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A salad with  a mix of fresh veggie and salad bar topping from Sprouts.

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All topped off with a DELICIOUS gluten free cupcake.  I will have to share the brand with you guys, because these are AMAZING.

BIG NEWS:  THE DIRTY DASH

Over the weekend I got some EXCITING news!  As a part of my connection with Fitfluential, I have been selected to be a sponsor for The Dirty Dash!

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click for link to The Dirty Dash Website to check it out and SIGN UP!

From their website

Have you ever said to yourself, “Marathons are too easy, and Triathlons are for sissies?”

We haven’t either…those races are really hard. Think about it…the first person to run a marathon actually died. HE DIED!…and he probably didn’t even have fun along the way! Well, welcome to a new kind of race: THE DIRTY DASH. This race that puts all other races to shame. The Dirty Dash is a mud run obstacle course where a military boot camp meets your inner five-year-old’s fantasy and subsequently converts boy to man and then man to swine. You’ll need endurance to trudge up mountains of sludge, courage to overcome uncompromising obstacles, a complete lack of shame to wallow in pits of mud and a smile to show through at the end! So let this mud run obstacle course become your new guilty pleasure. Go solo or with some of your dirtiest, filthiest, & uncouth friends. Either way, you’ll be able to look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I am a Dirty Dasher!”… and then proceed to clean yourself off.

I’m planning on running my first race with The Dirty Dash in Colorado Springs THIS WEEKEND!!!!!

First off, if any of you are thinking about doing the same and want to run with me, SIGN UP NOW!

I HAVE A DISCOUNT CODE TO SAVE YOU 20% off your entry free! When you register: just type MEDALS when prompted for your discount code and save that 20%!

It also doesn’t JUST have to be Colorado Springs — the Dirty Dash has tons of locations, and using that code will save you 20 percent on all of their upcoming races:

  • August 16 – Colorado Springs
  • August 23 New Mexico
  • September 6 – Missoula 
  • September 13 – Utah
  • September 23 – Virginia Beach

I am beyond stoked about this opportunity and can’t wait to share my experience with you all.   Follow me this weekend at #TheDirtyDash for all the dirty details during the event 🙂

Have you ever run an obstacle race?  Do you want to?

Doing Some Exciting Things

So a few have you have noticed some changes that I’ve been making around the ol’ chocolate medals.

I have loved my little internet home here since the day I started it, and am always trying to improve what I’m doing here.  That includes the quality of what I’m sharing with you all first and foremost.  I am always open to hearing input from you all about what you like/don’t like, so please continue to reach out! { Chocolatemedals@gmail.com }

With that said — I’ve also been making sun visual and just FUN overall changes to my social media obsession!

New Banner

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First off:  The new banner.  I recently fell in love with PicMonkey. . . if you are a blogger and haven’t ventured over to PicMonkey.com, you need to.  It will CHANGE YOUR LIFE BLOG.

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You may have noticed the quality and coloration of my food pictures have changed.

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That is all PicMonkey and their awesome features.  Seriously check ’em out.

Pinterest

This is probably the change I am most excited about.  I’ve been on pinterest (follow me) for quite some time now, but really never understood it or took full advantage of it.

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It was actually during my amazing honeymoon that I began to find real inspiration and DRAW towards pinterest.

Right after the trip, I started posting much more regularly.  Creating new pages for recipe inspirations, work out ideas, weekly inspirational quotes and even just posts that made me laugh.

I found myself truly inspired every time I clicked on these different links, and anxious to share them with all of you.  Unfortunately, my pinterest has actually been the page with the least love.

But I’m here to change that.  I actually recently created a board where I am sharing my more popular posts regularly.  Recipes, workouts, inspirational posts, any of them.  I’m passionate about this stuff and just LOVE sharing it with you all!

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Click to link to my Chocolate Medals Pinterest Board

To be straight forward and honest with you all — I am excited and passionate about social media and my own little personal footprint here with Chocolate Medals.   I love the conversations we all have through my comments here, through all of the other social medias like Instagramtwitter , facebook & pinterest.

What I’d love from you all right now is to connect with each other, through all social medias, but especially pinterestbecause I am truly finding my most recent passion via that network.  So follow me, or request me to follow you!  I’d LOVE to build up the page’s followers to 100 — seems like a good round number.  And if that happens I am planning a baking giveaway — so can we make that happen friends? 

Let me know, either here in the comments, email or just a message that we are linked via Pinterest! And if you don’t have a pinterest, I highly recommend you join, NOW! 🙂