Monday, September 26, 2011

Beach Palooza Recap - Part 1

You guys.  This was so much fun!  And scary!  Holy crap - I did not realize some of the obstacles would be as challenging as they were...when Kelly and I first signed up for this race, we saw pictures of pool noodles and giant beach balls - fun, right?  Oh my.  The fun stuff was there, but also some things that quite honestly, I can't believe I did.  There are days when I look at myself and wonder "who ARE you?" and Beach Palooza was definitely one of those days!  This was not something I ever would have considered doing back when I was overweight.  No way, no how.  Pretty cool how much my world has expanded as I've shrunk.

(I'm sure you all will be sick and tired of hearing about this by then end of the week, but because we ended up with so many fun pictures, and I can't stand to NOT show you everything, I'm going to break up the recap into several days.  You're welcome?)

Part 1
The strange thing about this race was that it started in waves...and our wave time was 11:30.  Which, normally?  You'd be finished and enjoying a nice post-race meal by then.  Also?  It was H-O-T in Galveston that morning.  Probably the upper 80s - and we hadn't even started running yet!  Welcome to Texas.  But hey, you can't really complain - being on the beach in late September under sunny skies?  This is when we get rewarded for living through those crazyhot Texas summers!

We picked up our race packets and posed with our pineapple hats - every racer got a pineapple hat and a t-shirt, and a finisher's medal at the end.  My kind of race!
I'm thinking our Christmas card picture?  LOL
I have no idea why my pineapple hat stem is going against the wind.  Always gotta be a rebel, that's me!

We waited in our corral to start, where we could see the previous waves of runners doing some of the obstacles.  We noticed that a lot of them were walking.  Huh.  We'd soon find out why they were walking!  Anyway, we started off, and I ran for the first time in nearly 6 months!  Being on sand, it felt strange, but still, it was so nice to actually run.  For a little bit, anyway - I had to take frequent walking breaks, but we all had decided to stick together, so we just enjoyed the race.  We ended up going a mile and a half down the beach - no obstacles, just running/walking.  Finally we hit the water station, got some much-needed ice-cold water, and turned around to head toward the obstacles.
We were really hot and parched - that water hit the spot!

First up was an easy one - we ran through hanging padded mats:
Here we go!
We giggled our way through this one!
I love this picture because it shows the relief on our faces at having completed the first obstacle!
Kelly and I being radical...

Then we hit the wall - literally.  A row of walls that we had to climb over.  I don't know about you, but the last time I climbed something like this, I was a kid, climbing over my neighbor's fence (hey, why go around and use the gate when you can climb over, right?).  The first wall was higher than my waist!  After a moment of hesitation, I just threw myself onto it and heaved over.  It was crazy - neither Kelly nor I could believe we were doing this...but we did!
I'm laughing as I heave myself over the wall!
Do you see the woman in the white tank top next to me?  See how the wall is above her waist?  These were tough for a short person like me!
I love this picture because it looks like I have my game face on and am RUNNING!  Mostly I was just happy to be done with climbing over those walls.

After the walls came the pool noodle forest - this is what sold us on signing up for the race in the first place!
This was colorful and fun!
While I have thrown my arms up in victory over conquering the pool noodles, Kelly was still having a moment with them and did not want to leave.

We all had sand in our shoes, but didn't think we'd be getting wet until the icy swim at the very end.  Imagine our surprise when we came across this - I'm proud to say that we went for it and splashed right in.

Next up...the REALLY scary obstacles!


  1. OMG I LOVE YOU!!!!

    You are simply fun personified.

  2. Looks like so much fun....look forward to the next installment!

  3. FUN! FUN! FUN!

    I love it and I really love seeing the smile on your face, you look really happy Shelley and all I am doing now is praying and hoping your surgery will get you back at running because it's obvious that's what you love doing most.

    Bring on the next recap, can't wait!

  4. This is a total riot. I am so glad that you guys had so much fun, truly, you all look like kids, what a blast.
    Are you kidding me? You think I will tire of seeing these pix? I am pissed I have to wait a day..

  5. Ha ha ha Your pineapple hat stem going against the wind is the BEST!

  6. This looks like to much fun! I can't wait for the rest of the story.

  7. What an awesome time, Shelley! I would have had a tough time heaving myself over the wall. I couldn't even climb fences as a kid! lol!

  8. How fun!! I can't remember the last time I climbed over a wall either - sucks to be short sometimes doesn't it?!

    Looking forward to more of the recap this week!

  9. Funny when I saw the photo of the four of you my thought was "Wow, Shelley REALLY IS short!" Good for you hurling yourself around and over. That is a champion!!

  10. Looks like a great time! I could hear the theme music from "Chariots of Fire" ;-)

  11. How fun! The only bad thing about you posting each day this week is WAITING for the next batch of pics.

    Yeah on the walls, I"m afraid I would have fallen over on the other side!

  12. This looks so flipping fun! I want to do it with you guys!

  13. This looks so flipping fun! I want to do it with you guys!

  14. OMG Shelley, that looks like SUCH a blast. And I laughed out loud at your pineapple greenery going the opposite way to everyone else's! Look forward to more stories.

  15. Awesome! Wish I could have cheered you on!

  16. That was such an awesome time!!! I'm so glad we did it! Can't wait for next year!
    We are awesome!!! LOL

  17. Looks like you guys had so much fun! Can't wait to see the next installment!

  18. The pineapple hats are just about the best thing ever.

    I love that you guys all throw yourselves into races like this, and have such a good time doing it. And I especially love that you take so many pictures during them for us to enjoy it too! You are all the definition of "good sports".


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