Alyssa’s first mud run: Muckfest MS Los Angeles!

Do you remember when you were a kid and you got to play in the mud? Maybe your parents didn’t let you, but you did it anyway, finding that stray mud puddle on your way home from school. You delighted in the joyful sensation of sticky, wet, mud squishing around your toes, making mud pies, trying to slog your feet out of the quicksand as you splashed around in. Now, there’s a way for grown ups to play in the mud — and not just any mud — mud that’s for a cause, more specifically, fighting MS, or Multiple Sclerosis, a disease that affects over 2 million people worldwide. Women are 2 to 3 times more likely to get MS, and I can think of three female friends of mine who bravely fight MS. Muckfest MS was in Chino this past week, about an hour and 20 minute drive from where I live. I knew I would walk this 5k rather than run it, because running’s not my jam. I walked, I mucked, I conquered. Here are five reasons why the Muckfest MS was mucking rad.

1) You get to get muddy. Absolutely, fantastically mucking muddy. Covered. Soaked. Saturated. It’s fun. (And maybe, exfoliating. Think of it as a fitness spa treatment.)


2) You can take the obstacles at your own pace, and that might mean skipping ones that just don’t feel like your style. I did, and didn’t feel self conscious at all – a really nice change from some of the other fun runs I’ve been on where the spirit is more competitive. However, you can also take on obstacles that challenge you in a good way – like the Spider Web. I was sure I’d have to be rescued like a kitten from a tree halfway up this giant rope jungle gym, but instead I scurried like a Mountain Goat to the top, and was super proud of my climbing skillz. You also get to do obstacles with names like BIG BALLS. The description? ‘When one big, swinging pair is not enough. How about 9 gigantic balls swinging over 4 mucky trenches?’

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Me at the top of the Spider Web. Photo by Mike Murphy.

Me at the top of the Spider Web. Photo by Mike Murphy.

3) You get free beer at the end. And snacks. And professional photos. And a super cute t-shirt!

Photo from Muckfest MS Facebook page

Photo from Muckfest MS Facebook page

4) You get to walk on water! I tried really hard to be graceful on this one, and not take a tumble, and I made it across unscathed. If you don’t want to walk on water, you can jump in and swim like a duck. Either way, you’ll be encountering some muck.

I'm walkin on sunshine, heeeeeyyy ooooh... Oh, I mean water. Photos via Muckfest MS,

I’m walkin on sunshine, heeeeeyyy ooooh… Oh, I mean water. Photos via Muckfest MS,

5) You get to have a mucking blast, while knowing that money raised goes to fight MS, a disease that affects over 2 million people worldwide.

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We mucking rock.

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A muddy way to work out!

Hi everyone, it’s April! It’s a magical experience when one can successfully combine burning a ton of calories and having a ton of fun at the same time!  My normal idea of a fun work out normally involves hiking up the baby mountains in my area but really the only excitement in that is the gorgeous views and seeing the occasional pair of mating animals.   That exercise does great on my ass and legs but does nothing for my horrible floppy “bingo wings” of arms!

Well, this past weekend I found a way to work out while both having a blast and utilizing EVERY part of my body!  I joined up with two friends to do something called Mud Factor, a 5K mission through mud!  It had a variety of obstacles that you had to climb over, crouch under, and pull yourself up on.  I managed to do every obstacle but two – a 20ft rope wall and a low-triangle-shaped structure to climb over that required other people to push me up the super slippery slope.  After I fell on my first attempt I gave up because there was a huge line of people waiting and I couldn’t bare to have my ass slide down upon all those people yet again!

It turned out that most of the obstacles came with ease and I did not come tumbling down the huge structures like I had first imagined!  I like to think that my climbing skills from my monkey ancestors never really left me and when it comes to doing climbing things with the agility of my legs, I manage pretty well.  My arms, however, not at all.  (which is why I failed at the two obstacles I didn’t do)

Rooting on my friend, Christian, to get up and over one of our first climbing obstacles!

Sadly that very structure pictured did cause me to over extend my left leg and pull a muscle in my thigh which inevitably caused me not to be able to exercise for the next five days. My body was definitely very sore besides my pulled muscle so I know that means I got a great workout!  Plus, it was super fun getting all dirty on purpose!

How about you guys?  What’s the most fun way you’ve ever worked out? Would you do a mud obstacle course?

A very dirty and happy April.

Now that the weekend is here there is another chance to be had with a fun work out.  I hope you guys have one!

Peace and monkeys,


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