The other day, while looking at photos on Facebook, I spotted several photos of three of my co-workers and some of their friends dressed in pink and black dance outfits, including tutus, and covered in mud. "What are those three up to now?" I wondered.
What I discovered was, while I was warring with household dust balls, Amy, Carrie and Mandy were participating in the Warrior Dash — a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme 5K run — in Hastings, Minnesota. Warriors were asked to come in costume and, for their entry fee, they were given a Warrior Dash shirt, medal and very cool helmet (I so want one!). There were more than 10,000 people competing that sunny Saturday in July.
It really didn't surprise me that they were part of this competition. These three women, creative forces at Creative Memories, are always up to something unique, challenging and fun. However, when I heard how difficult this run was, I — an older, slower co-worker — was surprised that all three of them considered it a "fun" run. Really? Fun?
"Fun, fun,fun!" Mandy described the mud-filled day. "I would have never thought that a grueling 5K obstacle course that included climbing over walls and jumping over fire would be so rewarding and best of all...FUN." (Nor would I, Mandy!)
"Best. 5K. Ever. From scaling walls to swimming through the mud... I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat," Carrie recalled her slip-and-slide run. (I'm beat just thinking about it, Carrie!)
Amy summed it all up, "The experience was all-around amazing and crossing the finish line felt like a great accomplishment. Fire, water, walls and mud pits! Can't stop us!!" (Sense of accomplishment — now that's something I can understand — that is, without the fire, walls and mud pits.)
Yep, now it's all clear as mud — they were competing in a mud run. And, when it comes to a challenge, there's no stopping Amy, Carrie and Mandy. Not mud. Not fire. Not walls. Not those prickly tutus. And, at the end of the day, they generously donated their sneakers to be refurbished and distributed to people in third world countries. Way to go, warriors!
While looking at all their muddy warrior photos, I decided to have some fun of my own. Working at Creative Memories, I had everything I needed to put them on display in unusual and fun ways. Here are some Page Prints, 2012 Calendar pages, 4xD Book Card cover and pages, and a Wall Print for your mud-run viewing pleasure.
Now that you've seen a few of my choices, which one would you use to display those warrior photos?