Okay, back to June. On June 17th, I did the Irvine Lake Mud Run, my second of three runs in a row that month.
Considering how poorly I’d done the Saturday before at Camp Pendleton, I was concerned about how this one would go. I was still getting over being sick, although I was definitely on the mend. I hadn’t been running much in between, however.
But this is a shorter course, and I was able to run most of it no problem.
There weren’t many surprises on the course this year, but that’s okay. It’s still one of my favorites thanks to the mud slide. And the lines were so short when I got there I may have done it twice this year. About the only crowd was the crowd for the shower at the end, but that’s a minor issue.
Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to hang out with any Irwins or Smiths afterward since they were all busy that day. It meant I drove down and back and just did the run. On the other hand, I wasn’t stressing over anyone waiting for me, which was very nice.
At one point while I was running, I heard someone in a golf cart shout out “Is that THE Mark Baker?” From a later comment on Facebook, I confirmed it was the guy who runs this particular mud run. Hadn’t interacted with him much on Facebook recently, so I’m surprised he still recognized me. Definitely put a smile on my face.