So, this post is WAY overdue. Back a few weeks ago, some friends of mine signed up for the local Dirty Girl, and asked me to come be their team photographer.
I’m not going to lie, literally until I got there I was really skeptical. I was in the midst of my 90 Day challenge but like I said, I didn’t run once. I didn’t even do any distance walking (something I would like to change this next 90 days). I really didn’t know if I could do it. That’s me, with the backpack full of lenses, which I came to really hate by the end of the day.
Of course, it helped that Amber and Charla are really fun, and Amber isn’t a runner (to put it mildly…hey, she’d say it too!) So the pace stayed reasonable. They also didn’t take it personally when I bowed out for the central 1/2 where there was only one obstacle.
The course here had obstacles concentrated at the beginning and the end of the track, with the middle mostly just track so they could get their full 5ks in there. I didn’t join them on the middle part, which is why I only “sort of” did the “run.” But I did about or a little over half, all in all. With the backpack!
We had a blast! These two kept me cracking up the whole time and helped us all keep our energy up. It was also perfectly overcast with a soft breeze – a rare day this time of year in the desert – so we made it out without sunburn, which is an outdoors win!
You can make it!
Gettin’ good and dirty in the last mud pool!
Finish line! We made it!
Also, Dirty Girl allows team photographers to accompany their teams for free – that is, I didn’t have to pay any kind of registration fee or anything to walk the course and take pictures, and I get to maintain ownership of all my pics. So, major props to Dirty Girl for giving an independent po’ non-self-sustaining photog a break!
While they went the long way around, I made my way to the back 1/3 of the track with the last obstacles and took the chance to get some shots of the surrounding mountains. I absolutely love the desert landscape. Something about the bare, exposed earth with the myriad of colors rising up into the sky, dotted with the variety of cacti and other vegetation strong enough to survive unaided in the desert…I just love it.
So, I can now check “race photography” off my list! I had a fantastic time and I am so thankful I’ve got fun friends who invited me along on this adventure!