Go Commando Adventure 5K…We Did It!!!

It was 8 months ago when my friends and I decided over some wine that we were going to run the Go Commando 5K Adventure Race…remember? It was one little decision on a whim to run a race and get muddy with my friends. But it was a decision that has had a pretty amazing impact on my life, and taught me so much about myself. 8 months ago I didn’t believe I could do it. But that was then. On Saturday I not only did it…I rocked it!
Eye black and pearls: Badass with just a touch of class

As we loaded up and headed to the course my friend Stacy and I were an energetic mixture of excitement and fear. We must have said “What the hell are we DOING?” about 5,000 times during that short drive. (Especially because it was approaching 90 degrees and humid outside!) As we met up with our group, put on our Team “WTF Did I Agree To” blaze orange t-shirts, applied our war paint, and pinned on our bib numbers my nerves started to transform into sheer excitement.

Team “WTF Did I Agree Too???”
Pre-race posing with Stacy

This is what we arrived to…this picture does not do that hill justice!

And in no time it was go time! We were off to run in the hot hot sun. During the 3.2 mile course we jumped table hurdles, scaled walls, walked the plank and landed in the foam pit, climbed some major hills (that’s when I had to walk), jumped over fire, rode down the giant tube water slide into the mud, got shot with paint in sniper’s alley, conquered the dreaded spinning spools (with ease), and finished off the race by commando crawling through mud and barbed wire!

Off we go!

Our first of many trips through wet and slimy places

Hopping the hay!

My friend Kirstin kept me motivated to keep running
with her stern “let’s go” always in my ear. 
Coming out of the tunnel slide…SOOO much fun!

Just the beginning of the mud

I was dreading the spinning spools more than anything.
They were at the end of the course. But after everything we had already done…
they were a piece of cake!

Army crawling to the finish line

Not the most feminine look….but it seemed appropriate at the time.
There were times during the race when our group members got separated. Some ran ahead. Some took their time. But somehow at the very end of the race the 5 girls who came up with this crazy idea in the first place came back together. And we finished together. Muddy, sweaty, laughing, hugging, feeling invincible. I felt 100 feet tall…like I could do anything.

So here I am…the day after Go Commando and every fiber in my body is sore. I have some battle wounds, which I am proudly displaying as badges of honor. My knees and elbows are pretty bruised up from army crawling, and I’m fairly sure I’ll be losing one of my toenails soon. (And in the interest of full disclosure, I’m also quite hungover from our after party celebration.)  The race was a lot more physically demanding than I thought it would be. But that didn’t stop me. I conquered every single obstacle. I stepped way out of my comfort zone…and became stronger. The best part of all of it was that I did it with my life-long friends. I can’t wait to do it again next year.


  1. Wow. That looks amazing. Good for you!

    (I’ll admit, when I read Go Commando I thought you had to run it without underwear. I blame Joey from Friends.)

    Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from SITS.

  2. Congratulations Marie! What a way to honor your 35 years of life! Happy Birthday. Happy life.

    • Thanks Cathi!!! And it sure was a great way to ring in my 35th year! I might be running another 5k (sans obstacles and mud) with my friend Stacy to ring in her 35th year in September! It’s invigorating…and definitely makes my life happier.

  3. Looks absolutely amazing! Everyone looks so strong, powerful, and happy!! So glad you did it! And I’m so glad that you enjoy running now! Super cool! Happy 35th Birthday, Marie. Love you!!

    • Awww…Thanks Joc! It really was amazing! (And not to be dramatic, but perhaps even life changing!) I feel like I could do anything right now…and I wanna keep that feeling too! Gonna try and hit the 5 mile mark soon. Wanna run Go Commando with us next year? ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sooooo impressed Marie!!!!! Way to go to all the girls you guys rocked it!!! Keep the mojo going!!!!!

    • Thanks Grace! I’m totally keeping the mojo going…working on another 5K with Stacy and the Birkie marathon relay in Hayward in September! I’m loving it!!!

  5. That looks so hard and so much fun! I would love to do this with a bunch of my friends…

    Visiting from SITS, make it a great day!


    • Thanks for visiting! I would say (not to be cliche, but…) Just Do It! It has really brought us all closer as friends. And also given us great braggers rights. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Thank you for sharing your story! We worked hard to make the course fun and challenging! I would love for you to participate this year! New adventures await!

    Bud Trnka
    Go Commando Race Director

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