My soreness is at the level where scratching an itch hurts. This is a new level for me.
My friend at work laughed hysterically at the sight of me attempting to walk down the hall. I wrote my daily objective on a piece of paper and had a student write it on the board because lifting my arm to use the chalk was too hard.
Here's a little peek (by no means all inclusive) into the night that brought on such pain. Obviously, the pictures are dark and it's hard to see me, but I have a red headband and Lily has a lime green one. I start out wearing a white shirt and bright yellow gloves but soon everything is covered in mud.
At the beginning, they checked our packs to make sure we had bricks, money, and ID. Lily and I are looking at each other like "what on God's green earth are we doing here?".
Just getting in to the water would have been no fun. We low crawled through the mud first, then bear crawled through the rocky marsh and the water. Then we did it again.
|Jackie low crawling through the mud like a champ.|
I pushed as hard as I could and my arms were shaking like crazy but I couldn't even do one. Sad.
I might pretend to be a badass with my sneaking headphones into races where they are prohibited and all, but I'm really terrified of getting in trouble. When the man in charge says you have 3 minutes to cover yourself in mud OR ELSE, I don't play around.
|Others sat down, I dived in facedown.|
|A true friend helps you rub mud all over your body |
in the middle of the night.
|And has fun doing it.|
|When Lily gave up, I enlisted strangers who were my new |
friends to cover every last spot. I was really afraid of getting yelled at.
|Remember when that shirt was white?|
|I spent my Saturday night having strange men carry me through crowded streets.|
After getting so dirty, it was only natural that we had to clean off.
With the drunks watching, Lily and I held hands and jumped right in. It was COLD.
|I'm in the middle, smiling on the outside, crying on the inside.|
|45 feet long, 1450 - 1600 pounds.|
Lifting it had to be done in stages. First to the knees, then to the shoulder, then up above the shoulder (or for us short ladies, over our heads). We'd carry it a few hundred yards, then take a break, then start again. Watches weren't allowed but it was at least a 2 hour process, probably more.
|Seriously, you want us to lift this thing?|
|The first lift of many|
|3/4 of the way up|
|Still working on it|
|I busted out my classic marathon face for GORUCK.|
After we were finished, Colleen couldn't wait for her next one, which she's already registered for, and Lily and I swore we'd never do that again. This picture sums that up so well.
That was also right around the time Lily swore she was quitting, planned to call her hotel to send a van to pick her up, and we had to beg her to stay.
Finally, we were done with the telephone pole, and took a picture sitting on it. We should have been elated but as you can see, it was still pitch black, meaning we had hours and hours of more good living ahead of us and we had no idea what was in store next.
Several challenges later, the sun was up, people were out and about again, and we were at what Lily and I thought was our final destination. We were expecting the cadre to say we were done, but instead he started explaining our next mission. The look on Lily's face says it all (she's in the lime green headband on the left, the cadre, or man in charge, is in the camo kneeling on the far right).
|Looking to see if Eric happened to be driving by so I could escape and trying not to cry|
|I saw the camera and tried to smile here. |
I didn't quite make it happen.
We lined up to get our patches from the cadre. I'm putting pictures of the four of us girls up so you can see the dichotomy.
|Jackie: looking excited and proud|
|Colleen: looking impressed and satisfied|
|Me: looking barely alive and unsure what's happening|
|Lily: looking like she can't decide if she should take the patch or drown him in the harbor|
|Team Bitch - the shorties who had to take the end of the pole.|
|Had to remove a photobomer who snuck in behind Colleen|