Warrior Dash {Tulsa 2011}

It was fun to read your comments about our family pictures. I laughed at the ones about my hair and outfit. While trying to figure out what to wear, I texted my friend Shannon telling her I needed her help. I also asked several friends for pointers and even cornered one when she happened to stop by my house. I ended up finding The Daybook Blog….found tons of inspiration…and wished she lived closer and could come dress me for pictures.

To answer your questions…the sweater thing is from Forever21 (because I think I am younger than I actually am). I got it 2 years ago. Everything else is about 2 years old too…with exception to the $2.50 belt from Forver21 I just got. The boots are Hunter, from Zappos. The most expensive shoes I own…I bought black so when I am 90 I can still sport them in the rain. The hair was crazy and last minute, when I realized that the scarf and vest pushed my shoulder length hair up to an awkward chin level poof I decided it need to be a ponytail day.

That day didn’t start with pictures.Β  Around breakfast time we were cheering at a soccer game.

At lunchtime we looked like this…ready for the Warrior Dash with close friends!!!

And after

  • 3.23 miles of running
  • climbing Turkey mountain (BIG rocky hill)
  • running over junk yard scraps (tires & old cars)
  • crawling under barbed wire
  • dodging hanging tires
  • rappelling a ravine wall
  • climbing nets
  • swimming a nasty pond to climb over floating logs (they said it was waist deep…I couldn’t touch…it was COLD)
  • lots of climbing up things and jumping off things
  • crawling through mud
  • leaping the “warrior flames”

In the end, we looked like this (the black kind of hides the mud):


This is my friend Cindy…she is hardcore…3 kids and at the gym by 5:00am every morning. I met her that early one time. And never did that again. I hoped to keep up with her, but the forever running at the beginning did me in. She’s is the friend that is going through the adoption process with us. Even though we’d just run 3.23 miles in the mud…she still looks beautiful. She has that whole inner glow that radiates to the outside going on. We had a couple of other friends that were going to do it with us, but things came up. Next year we’ll get a big group…and I’ll actually train for the running.


On the way to the race, Chris asked if I had ever run 3.23 miles. I said, “never in my life.” He said the same.

Way to prepare Campbells.

So then we picked up kids. Cleaned up. And took family pictures.

We ran for fun and we had a great time. On the way home we talked about how cool it would be to make it a yearly family event when the kids get older. I’m pretty sure my boys would be all over it if they were a bit taller. I hate running. But give me a bunch of crazy obstacles and I’ll sign up for 3 mile race. It makes me really excited to think about running it with my kids one day. It will be my goal to leave 3 teenage boys in my dust….arrrrrrrrr.

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  • Liene - Wow, great “before” story!

  • Allison - I love the after pictures! The warrior dash is such a cool and inspiring idea!

  • Pamela - Looks awesome. I did something similar on Sunday but ours was through the city. Also over and under and through mud and stuff. Loved it.

  • Brittaney - I’ve been trying to convince my hubby to do a warrior dash with me! It looks like lots of fun!

  • amy - my husband did this in ohio.. he liked it so much he almost did one in michigan.. he is not a runner and didn’t train but loved it and wants me to do it next year..if i can drop this extra weight that is wearing me down i’m totally going to do it with him!!

  • Kathleen - Awesome! I’m running my first 5k this weekend. I’ve been training for a few weeks now but I have yet to run 5k straight in one workout. Glad I’m not the only one who’s unprepared. Oh well, I’ll give it my hardest and then pass out and die when I’m done. πŸ˜‰

    Have a great week.

  • KaraM - So fun! Josh and I should do that next year for fun.

  • Jess - This: “if I had ever run 3.23 miles. I said, β€œnever in my life.” He said the same.” Totally living life on the edge of crazy!

  • allison - Love it! Congrats to you and the whole gang for making it through πŸ™‚

  • colleen from alabama - Oh how i love that you are already anticipating “putting a whoopin” (now thats a good southern phrase isn’t it?) on your boys… but you better look out for firecracker, she might spank all of you! And what about #5, she might just be a runner!?!:) Thanks for encouraging me to see forward and plan. What a joy!

  • cailan - Well aren’t you just AMAZING?!

  • amanda torres - I really want to do this next year. Something about being pregnant didn’t jive with the word ‘Warrior, let alone the ‘dash’ing part.

  • emmybrown - that’s awesome! you go girl!!!! πŸ˜€

  • Robyn Lee - What a fun event and a fun memory! It looked like a blast!!!! It makes me want to go run in the mud and climb over a few obstacles.

  • Erin - Yep, those are some Warriors right there! πŸ˜‰ Lookin good girls!!

  • Marykay - That is so AWESOME!!!!

  • Lindy - Very fun – I hope to do this in Kansas City some day. What is the pile of shoes for?

  • Caroline - it’s coming full circle! I follow the daybook blog! she is absolutely adorable! and the pictures yesterday were too cute!!

  • Laura - impressed! way to complete your goal:).

  • Emily - I need to do that. Thanks for the inspiration! And the daybook link – we’ve got family portraits coming up, too!

  • Kate S. - That looks like awesome fun. I’m not a runner, either, but I totally would have signed up.

  • Melissa - We were in the noon heat – SOOOO much fun! I’m ready for the next one!

  • andy - that is awesome. i love it. i wish we had something like that here. i’m not a runner and would never consider 3 miles unless it was like this. fun.

  • amber - awesome.

  • Carol - My husband and I also ran this on Saturday and had the best time ever. I thought I saw you in line for the bus, and it turns out – I did! My husband is actually in the back of your shoe picture, and I am the one wearing the red cape. We had a great time dressing for it. Crazy. I hate running, but this made it so much fun!

  • Rebecca - Way to be! I have some coworkers who are doing one of these races but it’ll include fire and electricity, among other things. Spectators have to pay around $50 just to watch! What’s the story with the sneakers?!

  • Leslie from Onesie Twosie - So cool. πŸ™‚

  • Kat - Forget 3 teenage boys…it’ll be Firecracker that’s going to give you a run for your money πŸ™‚

  • Molly - I thought you had put that much thought into your Warrior Dash outfit, until I got to the word “sweater”. I was surprised it took you several friends to pick out a tank top and running shorts. But, seriously, your outfit for the photo shoot was adorable. Along with the rest of your family!

  • Georgia - you look beautiful like “your friend”, too…In fact all of you have that glow of expectant parents. πŸ™‚

  • Kelli - I’ve been seeing blog posts about these types of races for some time now and although everyone makes them sound so fun, they haven’t been for me. Today the idea of doing it in 10 years with my three teenage boys makes the idea sound so much cooler.

  • Selina - Wow! That is fantastic!
    (Secretly, I think you are crazy) πŸ™‚

  • Brooke Whitis - I have wanted to do one of these for a WHILE…I am so excited to eventually do one. Sometimes I feel like I might get left out with two boys right at once…but then I see things like this…and I know we will have an awesome time as a family doing super fun, adventurous things! Thanks for reminding me πŸ™‚

  • carrie bowers - My husband did the Warrior Dash outside of Detroit this summer! I so want to do it with him next year! It looked like so much fun! Have you heard of the Tough Mudder? It’s an insane 10 mile run with obstacles designed by a British Special Ops guy or something crazy like that! My husband wants to train and do that one next year. I think he’s insane. They give free tattoos to the finisher if they want one.

  • Jamie - Um, I could NEVER do a Warrior Dash and Family pics. in the same day. You are incredible.

  • amy jupin - cindy is a machine.
    and you aren’t too shabby either…
    very impressed, ladies!
    awesome, awesome, awesome.

  • Sara W - No training, Seriously? You two are machines. There is no way I could just go out and run 3 miles. Amazing.

  • Tiffany - Congrats! I did the Oregon one last month. Next time I think I will really train too, the hills on the course up here are KILLER!

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