I have now done the Camp Pendleton Mud Run 10 times. I really find that hard to believe. It doesn’t seem possible that it has been 10 years since I started doing mud runs. But the number of mud run related shirts in my closet certainly don’t lie.
I had hoped to get some friends to join me this year, but that didn’t come together, so once again it was just me. My parents were almost in the area, but their plans changed again as well. So it was just me driving down and back and doing the mud run. Not that I’m completely upset because I got over half of an audio book listened to, finishing it up just before I got home.
As usual, I spent Friday night in the area. Hopefully the Motel 6 I was at this year gets their hot water fixed soon since it stank, but other than that, my night was fine. I certainly slept well. My chair at work isn’t comfortable, bugging my legs by the end of the day and usually by the end of the week, but again that didn’t prove to be an issue. While they were bugging me Friday night, I woke up feeling great and ready to run Saturday morning.
I got on base with plenty of time, which is always nice. I was possibly earlier than in years past since I got to park on pavement instead of in the weeds like the last couple of years. Got through registration very quickly as well. Wandered around a bit killing of time, and then it was time to run.
They had changed the location of a few of the obstacles this year, but there were no major surprises. Not that I’m complaining. I had a huge grin on my face from the moment I got on base until well into the run. I’m surprised my face wasn’t hurting from smiling so much.
There was so water in the creek we run through in the first half. A little bit of water to slosh through in the reservoir, but nothing like there was the first two years. Lots of plants along the sides of the course. It was beautiful as always.
And warm. It has been cold down here, so I was worried I’d be doing it in the cold. Wouldn’t be the first time, but I prefer it warm. The sun came out before my wave started and stayed out. It was definitely warm while running, but it was perfectly pleasant when I was done.
While I may not have been running with a friend, I made a friend along the way. A woman was using me as the person to try to stick with, and we chatted some as we crossed back and forth, which was fun.
Afterwards, I made my now traditional stop at the Pit Stop Diner, which I always enjoy, to refuel before heading back home. Along the way, I stopped at Downtown Disney, first time in about a year, and bought some pins and shirts. Like I need more shirts.
As usual, it was a very long day, but a very fun day. I need to sign up again for next year. Can’t wait!