Stepping Outside of My Comfort Zone…


…and into the foam.

#UPDATE! They cancelled this event last minute. πŸ™

One of my 2014 goals that I posted back in January was to do an obstacle course/mud run. I wasn’t super interested in doing ones that were 10k or longer, or ones where they seemed a bit too much…just something challenging, but fun.

What was and is my biggest challenge is finding someone to do it with me. These kinds of races tend to be outside of metro areas (because of the space needed to build the obstacles) so there is usually a drive and/or overnight stay involved, and everyone of my friends seems to have their summers packed to the gills in activities.

The one race I had my eye on the most is the 5k Foam Fest in Temecula (a wine country town about halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles) on July 19th. It seemed like the perfect mix of challenging yet fun.

The organizers of the race were kind enough to give me two free entries to the race, which should entice my friends right? Well, sadly, no one seems to want to go.

It’s not like I’ve never done anything alone before. I’ve dined alone, gone to the movies alone, traveled alone, and have run several 5k races alone. But for some reason an obstacle course race just seems more fun to do with a group of people.

Anyway, I had two choices: one is to have a relaxing Saturday, especially since I’m going to the Dizzy Feet Dance gala in downtown LA later that night, but regret not doing it, or two, step outside of my comfort zone and do the race alone. I chose the latter. Because opportunities like this don’t always happen.

Since my race cost was covered, and Temecula is just over and hour drive from where I live (without major traffic), I decided it would be easiest to stay overnight so I don’t have to wake up at the butt crack of dawn the next morning.

I found a nice Air BnB private room for $84 (about six miles from the race), and I asked the owner if I could come back after the race to clean up, and he said it wasn’t a problem!

I’m also borrowing a GoPro camera so I hope to have an exciting video to share with you soon.

But, if anyone in the LA or San Diego area is interested in doing the race with me for free, I still have one promo code to give away.

I also have a promo code for $5 off if by chance you still wanted to sign up, but I gave the free ticket away. That code is FF6552.

If not, enjoy the video, and see what I’m up against next weekend!

When is the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?

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  1. Kemkem says:

    I would have done that with you were l still living in L.A! It looks like so much fun. I think it’s cool you are doing it alone too, most people would have chickened out, but it looks like one of those things where you’ll bond with someone as soon as you get there. I cannot wait to see your video. Oh..p.s. I would have come in dead last l’m sure ;0)

    • Tonya@healthyfitandfrugal says:

      I don’t think it’s a race race so I’m not worried about how I place. I’m hoping I’m not too chicken to do any of the challenges. I don’t think they should be too bad.

  2. THIS RACE IS ON MY BUCKET LIST! If I lived in your area, I would so do it with you!!!!!!! πŸ™‚ You are going to have so much fun, I am sure of it!!!!
    My husband and I just discovered air bnb! It is super awesome compared to hotels πŸ™‚

    • Tonya@healthyfitandfrugal says:

      Thanks Heather! It seems to be there would be a lot of people who would do it if they lived in my area! I’m sure it will be fun!

  3. I did the Warrior Dash by myself and it definitely wasn’t as much fun as it could have been. These things are parties not races. But this foam thing looks to be a lot more fun, in general, than Warrior Dash so I bet you can easily make friends!

  4. Kim says:

    If I wasn’t in Hawaii, I would come out and do it. I’ve always wanted to do one of those type races as well, but it’s super hard to find takers to join you. I bet it will still be fun. Proud of you for stepping out.

    • Tonya@healthyfitandfrugal says:

      I was surprised to see how hard it was to find people to do it with me, but I guess people just fill up their calendars in the summer too much. Have fun in Hawaii!

  5. E.M. says:

    I don’t think I would do a race/event like that by myself, so I think it’s awesome you’re going ahead with it. My boyfriend wants to do a foam race in the future, so I’m curious about what your experience will be like. Have fun!

  6. Michelle says:

    I WOULD DO THIS!!! But, I’m in Denver πŸ™‚ I’ve done these types of things on my own and met great people. You will too!

  7. Nicola says:

    I’ve never heard of that before – it looks great! Hope it goes well πŸ™‚

  8. Good for you for stepping outside your comfort zone! Why is that so scary? I hope you found someone to do the race with you. You’re right, it would be more fun with a pal. πŸ™‚

  9. Camille says:

    My dad and sisters are in town from VA that weekend, otherwise I’d love to go. Checking one of these muddy fun run races is also on my bucket list, and the foam fest sounds like fun. This looks like something Wendy at BlushandBarbells (LA area) might be into. Do you know her?

    Also, are you going to be doing any Xterra races again this year? I just started looking into them and think I want to try a few in the series.

    • Tonya@healthyfitandfrugal says:

      I’m not sure who that is. I might do Boney Mountain again (the 6k). I really enjoyed it and my friend who got injured last year wants to tackle the 13 miles. I’ll meet her at the finish line. lol!

  10. debt debs says:

    Anxious to hear how it went for you and for my daughter. She did a mud run or something yesterday out-of-town to celebrate her birthday which was yesterday. She’s coming over today for a birthday dinner. I’ll let you know how it went. πŸ˜‰

    • Tonya@healthyfitandfrugal says:

      Awesome! I hope it went well!

      • debt debs says:

        Full of bruises and scrapes and her BF sprained his ankle but they had fun! It literally was a MUD RUN. She wants to do it again next year. #CRAZYA$$

        How did yours go? I bet foam would be maybe less dangerous but then again it could be quite slippery.

  11. Leticia says:

    What?! I can do this with you. I am in Orange County and free Saturday. Like your 42 for 42 I am on a quest to do 40 races for my 40th. Needless to say it’s breaking the budget. I’m half way there. Obstacles races are a blast!

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