Because it's fresh, I wanted to share our Veteran's Day Weekend. This could really be broken up into categories; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. In an effort to focus on The Good, I'll just quickly recap the other two:
-Losing my wedding band (not my diamonds, but a plain gold band I wear when exercising, gardening, when I was deployed, and when I'm stupid enough to crawl through mud thinking it won't fall off)
-Highly contagious stomach virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. This hit MY WHOLE FAMILY in the days before and after the Warrior Dash. We believe Patient Zero was my sweet little ten month old nephew. The little bastard brought all of us down. Hard.
-Cleaning car seats full of vomit. I can't even complain about this though as my sister-in-law tackled this like a champ.
BUT. . . The Good is the best part. And thankfully, miraculously none of us were sick during the Warrior Dash and all able to complete AND enjoy it. The Warrior Dash is what we chose to do this year as Team Daren - a way to get together and celebrate and remember my brother-in-law Daren, who was killed last year by an IED in Afghanistan.
The race itself was really not bad. It's a 5k (just over 3 miles) with several obstacles throughout and at all of those we had to wait a little bit to go through. The obstacles got progressively more challenging with height, water, fire, and mud all thrown in the mix. We mostly ran through as a team, which was really nice. Several other Team Daren participants completed the Dash just at different start times than those you'll see depicted below. Like last year, we were so humbled and grateful for the friends and family who flew/drove in for the event - to not just get together and have fun (which we did), but to remember Daren and his sacrifice which is why we did it in the first place. After the race we all went out to dinner in downtown Austin and enjoyed each others company.
So here are many pictures from the 2012 Central Texas Warrior Dash. . .enjoy!
Camera Man: Finn, look at the camera and act like a pimp
(that cute one on the right of the pic is Patient Zero. Good thing he's so cute egh?)
"You only have one life to live, GO BIG" - Daren Miguel Hidalgo
We went big. But the obstacles started small. Team Daren don't need no rope:
Miles don't need no rope
(Caroline did though.)
First water obstacle:
There was nothing under this (which was a good 15-20 feet up) in the event you fell. Safety, schmafety.
And the fire!
Last obstacle. If anyone wants a 14k gold ring, there's one somewhere in there:
My sister-in-law Jenny. Ya know, the one who just finished CHEMOTHERAPY three months ago.
(obviously super impressive, but does she have to look so pretty even while going through mud!? jerk)
Because Miles didn't get muddy enough??
Miles' dad, sister, and older brother:
(minus those who went through at a different time - we love them too)