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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Atlanta Girl Trip

We had such a fun girls getaway in weekend in Atlanta! A few friends of mine and I signed up several months ago for the Dirty Girl Mud Run and decided to just make a fun weekend of it! 

My long time friends, Mollie and Ellen, and I drove down Friday afternoon and met up with my coworker friends, Karen and Meredith. We talked and laughed the whole way there even though we may have made a few wrong turns! Friday night we had dinner at Taco Mac and hurried back to the hotel before the rain got us! I was soooo excited to have a bed to myself... Considering mine tends to gain a few extra little feet most nights at my house. 

We got up early on Saturday and got ready for the race. Thankfully the rain stopped just a little before we got there but everything was really really wet and muddy... Every where!! They were a little behind due to the rain so it took us about 45 minutes to get signed in and our bags checked before we started our race. There were ALL kinds of women there... Everything from skinny little teeny boppers in sports bras and spandex shorts to larger middle aged women in matching shirts and tutus. Dirty Girl really stresses that the race is for all types of women and it definitely was! 

The actual race was tons of fun! It had several obstacles throughout. Some were a little challenging such as the rope climbs while others were just wet and muddy (which I didn't care for as much) like literally army crawling through a pool of muddy water. Due to the rain, the course was muddier than we thought it would be and you literally had to march through it like quick sand at some spots. And yes most of us slipped and wiped out at least once throughout the race, including a beautiful 180 degree pirouette-like manuever from myself that I wonderfully executed a perfect landing on my tail. Most of the obstacles were pretty fun but one of the last obstacles was a huge inflatable slide that ended in a huge pool of muddy water. Ellen went before me and I kinda started to panic a little when I saw her hit the water at full speed and hold her nose as she went under. I thought I would be smart and put my feet down early when I hit the water which was a terrible idea!  I got completely covered with mud including my teeth! Yuck!

We finally crossed the finish line about an hour or so after we started and I'm pretty sure none of us had a single clean spot on us. But at least we got medals! We ended with a fun team picture and quickly headed to the showers they had so graciously provided before heading back to the hotel! I didn't get too many pictures because I pretty much kept my phone packed away so it wouldn't find itself in a pool of mud. But they had photographers every where so I hope they captured a few of us in action.

I thought it was an awesome idea that they had a place where you could donate your yucky shoes. They clean them up and donate them to someone in need.

After a quick stop at Chickfila (where I introduced Ellen to the deliciousness of a frosted lemonade) we headed back to the hotel for some major scrubbing and naps... Except for our nap time turned into more talking and reminiscing. We finally got all cleaned up and rested and ventured a few blocks down the road to the Olympic Park to find my brick that my aunt Nancy bought for me in '96. It didn't take us too long to find it and I was so excited to see it! Of course I had to snap a picture to show how cool I was. 

We then walked to dinner at White Oak Kitchen and Cocktails and it was soooo delicious!! I had fried green tomatoes as an appetizer and pork and butternut squash for my entree and it was AMAZING! So delicious that I finished it off with a little mint chocolate chip ice cream that had real pieces of mint in it. They even served it with a little candle when they found out it was my birthday celebration! 

After dinner, we did a little exploring around downtown but quickly decided we were exhausted and ready for bed! I slept sooo good Saturday night! We woke up Sunday morning and headed home. And I'm pretty sure we never stopped talking until we pulled in the drive way at home! 

We had a really wonderful time and I can't wait to do it again one day... That is if I can convince Jarrod that he really did have as much fun keeping the girls as I had running in mud!

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