Marine Mud Run Large Family Style

Last month Mark and the six oldest children ran the Marine Mud Run. It’s a 5K with lots of mud and water obstacles. Our oldest daughter, Amber (16), ran it last year and at that point we knew that we wanted to be involved again this year. Since it was only 4 weeks after my c-section for Nate I was exempt and happily accepted the role of watching the youngest 5 children.

It was doubly fun this year because our long-time family friends were also running. Doug, ran with their five oldest children and Anna joined me with their youngest five.

Here is a little of what our morning looked like with the dads and 11 children running and the moms and 10 children cheering them on.

The ‘cheering’ team:

Me wearing Bella (2) and Nathaniel (2 weeks)


Anna with 5 of her kids and 3 of mine

The Olive racing team, before:

Front: L-R: Alyssa (12), Carter (10), Sadie (9), Matthew (13)
Back: L-R: Amber (16), Mark, Kaitlin (14)

The Olive racing team, after:

Front: L-R: Alyssa (12), Carter (10), Sadie (9), Matthew (13)
Back: L-R: Amber (16), Mark, Kaitlin (14)

The color change of the clothing is not a problem with the camera or lighting, it’s mud. At one point in the race I didn’t even recognize Carter because his shirt was so orange.

The Race:


The ‘cheering crew’ had a great view of our racers coming through this sandpit crawl and cheered as each member of our ‘racing crew’ came through.

Sadie (9) finishing the sand pit crawl

After about 5 or 6 of our racers had come through, a lady standing beside us incredulously asked, “How many people do you have in the race?”

Carter (10) – nearly finished

Carter (10) tackles the tunnels

These tunnels are close to the end of the very grueling course so I was surprised to see Alyssa (12) all-out sprinting up the hill leading to them….

Alyssa (12) and Sadie (9) pushed each other through the whole race and finished less than a second apart

….until I saw that her little sister Sadie (9) was right on her heels.ย  Both girls had excellent times and both placed third in their respective age divisions.

Alyssa (12) and Sadie (9) sprint for the finish line

Carter (10) also placed third and Kaitlin (14) placed second.

The entire ‘racing crew’ after the race

Our family has enjoyed being involved in running. It’s inexpensive and something that we can all do together. We’re planning on the whole family entering the next 5K, sponsored by Chick-Fil-A with an opportunity to win food for a year! ๐Ÿ™‚


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10 Responses to Marine Mud Run Large Family Style
  1. EstherH
    October 22, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Hi Kimberly, your kids look like they had a blast! Now, I hope I don’t come off as too preach-y, but I feel I should say something… wearing two kids only two weeks after birth is not a good idea for your pelvic health! You might feel great, but in reality, your muscles and ligaments down there have some serious healing to do, even just from the weight of the uterus during pregnancy. This includes not lifting heavy objects (or people), not doing strenuous exercise (anything beyond slow walking!), and doing daily pelvic exercises. There’s more (I attended a class from a hospital on this subject) too… Unfortunately, many (most?) women don’t allow themselves enough rest time to heal (who can blame them, life is happening!), and this can, G-d forbid, cause many issues later in life, at the 50 or 60 year old mark. My doctor explained this to me after I was diagnosed with a slightly prolapsed uterus, just one symptom that after three back-to-back births and not enough resting afterwards (say, 6 weeks!), my body was rebelling. Now, I am determined to alert women so they can look after themselves and prevent injury.
    I’m sure you know all this, experienced mom that you are, but maybe it will be helpful info to other people reading the comments.


    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    Sorry, there is a typo on that picture caption (I have it almost right in the post), Nate was 5 weeks at the time of the race, not 2.

    Perhaps should have taken it easier longer, but I’m super good for the first 4 weeks after birth ๐Ÿ˜‰ (my husband and children are good enforcers).

    Thanks for the info. Does it make any difference whether you have a c-section birth? I’m just wondering if the pelvic floor takes less of a beating with a surgical delivery. It is very important to allow our body to recover from birth.


    EstherH Reply:

    Ok ๐Ÿ™‚ glad to hear!
    I’m sure it does make a difference which type of birth it is. In fact, my doctor told me the most damage was probably done during the first delivery, when I pushed over 2 hours because the baby was so high (even though the diagnosis of prolapse was only made after the third birth). Once the ligaments stretch out (from pregnancy and even more from vaginal birth), they can’t retract anymore, the only thing to do is strengthen the muscles to hold everything in place – by doing regular exercises, and not putting too much pressure on it while healing. The worst type of pressure is anything involving your stomach muscles (pushing, picking up heavy objects…) since it causes the abdomen to contract and places tremendous pressure on the pelvic muscles underneath. If you must pick up something (or a child), you should first squeeze the muscles (kegels) and then pick up. same from sneezing or even coughing!

    I’m happy you had people making you rest! I am nervous how I will accomplish that now. Expecting our fourth now, G-d willing, but the oldest is only 3, old enough to want to help, but there’s a limit to what I can rely on her for ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Monique
    October 22, 2012 | 9:38 pm

    So my friend and I decided that if we’re not pregnant or post partum at the time of this race next year, we’re totally going to embarrass ourselves and do this race. You in?! (I’m kegeling as I write. Remember, while you’re driving, red light, kegel tight!!).


  3. Sandra
    October 23, 2012 | 12:24 am

    So much fun!


  4. Gigi
    October 23, 2012 | 10:21 am

    WOW!!! What Fun. I have mixed feelings about personally running in a mud race.. I think my OCD would drive me nuts but I would LOVE to go to our local one….


    P.s. I have a special 2 part series on Pregnancy and Infant Loss remembrance if your interested in taking a peek


  5. Laura
    October 23, 2012 | 1:17 pm

    Looks like great fun and wonderful memory making times with the daddies!


  6. Michele
    October 23, 2012 | 5:48 pm

    Looks like fun, but I would have had to find some excuse to be exempt as well…yuck, mud! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  7. MomStarr
    October 24, 2012 | 7:27 am

    Aren’t you quite the beautiful olive plant there! Wearing 2 children at once! God is good!


  8. Kate
    October 26, 2012 | 2:54 am

    I too thought you are one awesome lady to wear them both.


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