Primal Mud Run Review
May 12, 2012 0 Comments
Another mud run has officially been conquered! On April 28, 2012 I traveled to Selma NC to take on the Primal Mud Run. I don’t know if I was especially excited to take on this mud run because it was only 45 minutes away from my house or if I just wanted to see how far I’d come with my training, but none the less I was super stoked about doing the Primal Mud Run! These things are definitely addicting and at least for me personally I get a rush at completing a daunting challenge put in front of me. With that said, I really wanted to push myself for the Primal Mud Run to see how far I had come since I started doing P90X to prepare for all my mud runs in the future. So I showed up, dug deep, and gave it my all. See what I thought of the course below and whether or not I think the primal mud run is worth your time or not.
Taking on the Primal Mud Run
When I initially signed up for the Primal Mud Run I was a little hesitant because it didn’t look like there were too many of these races being held. I soon realized that this was a very new race that was just starting to get its credentials in the mud run world. However I went into it with an open mind focused on accomplishing my goal and pushing myself as hard as I could to finish it as fast as I could. They had us all sign up in scheduled starting times so they could release us in waves. I got to the event an hour early like it tells you to in order to get signed in and take care of the preliminary waivers etc. Of course it didn’t take but 5 min to accomplish all of this so I found myself waiting to tackle this Primal Mud Run. Finally my starting time came up so I hurried to the front. They released us in waves of four and I was off.
The Primal Mud Run Obstacles
So I was very excited about the obstacles in the Primal Mud Run because those are my favorite parts about these mud runs. They had a lot of military obstacles like climbing over walls, crawling under logs etc. However there were some notable obstacles in this course that I really enjoyed. The first obstacle that I came up to was one that they entitled Mt. McKinley. This obstacle had a thin board plank that you had to balance on for about ten feet that had about a 6 ft plunge into water below it. On the other side of the plank there was a cargo net you had to climb to the top of and flip over the other side and climb your way down. I almost fell off the plank haha, but I didn’t and made it up and over the cargo net fine. The next obstacle in the Primal Mud Run I found to be notable was one the entitled the snake pit. The name sounds intimidating, but in actually this was just about a 15 ft high rope that you had to climb straight up. Made it through that fairly easily as well. Now the next obstacle I found to be the most notable out of the whole course and the most challenging in the Primal Mud Run was the rope traverse. I think the picture speaks for itself in this case haha. I made it through though, yet I didn’t leave without a wicked rope burn on the back of my calf to show for it! The rest of the course was your typical obstacles jumping over walls, carrying a heavy object (in this case a log) for a certain distance, crawling through tight spaces etc. The very end of the race was pretty awesome I do have to say. They had a rope swing set up that dropped you in about 2 ft of muddy water and then you had to crawl through about 15ft of barbed wire to the finish. Being the goofy guy that I am I saw the rope swing and did a 360 off it into the water haha.
My Results and what I got doing the Primal Mud Run
I was really proud of myself when I got my Primal Mud Run results. I finished the 4-5 mile course in 56 min and I think I was 64 out of 400 and something. That’s the top 15%! With that said, when you finish the race you get a Primal Mud Run medal which is pretty cool, a Primal Mud Run T-shirt, and a free beer! Who doesn’t like a free beer!
Is the Primal Mun worth your time?
I really enjoyed this course a lot. The obstacles were challenging and I definitely got that high that I was looking for. I will say that I wish there were more obstacles in the course. I found myself realizing that there were a lot of long gaps in this course that left me wanting a little more when I finished. I am happy that I took on this course, however if the Primal Mud Run was any further than what it was to me now, I probably wouldn’t have done it knowing what I know now. If your a North Carolina local and your looking for something physically and mentally challenging to do then yes I would recommend this to you, but this isn’t a mud run I would travel for at least compared to the Spartan Race.
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