JD Sports Review

I was provided a pair of shoes in exchange for my honest opinions about the site and ordering process. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

It is no secret that I love shoes. I mean, c’mon, what girl doesn’t love shoes?! When it comes to the type of shoes I have in my closet… or strewn about my floor… there are 2 kinds: athletic shoes and flip flops. I’m not too much of a fancy shoe lover, I’m far more practical. While comfort and function come in ahead of fashion when choosing shoes that doesn’t mean my shoes are all drab. Recently the people at JD Sports offered to send me a pair of shoes. Who turns down a pair of shoes? Not this girl! I chose the Nike Free 5.0. They shipped quickly and arrived at my door in a bright yellow bag


It is actually a reusable drawstring bag, which I thought was pretty cool. With JD Sports being a UK based company I thought shipping would take forever, but it actually didn’t take much longer than a normal online purchase!

It has been quite some time since I wore a dedicated running shoe, but I knew with my surgery that my recovery would likely include a lot of walking before I’m able to get back to weight lifting so these beauties will be perfect for that.


They are light weight and comfortable. I chose to go with black because they will go with so many more outfits that way! They aren’t as wide in the toe box as I’ve had previously but for walking for recovery into jogging/running as I get back to normal workouts they will be perfect!


New running shoes always make it more exciting to hit the pavement. I got clearance from the doctor today to walk as much as I want to so these little guys will see a little more than just my inside flooring! If you are looking for a new pair of shoes be sure to check out JD Sports, they have a wide variety of styles and sizes to meet your needs.

Do you pick bold or neutral shoe colors?

Dirty Girl Mud Run St Louis 2013

Oh hey, world. I’m just a week late on my recap… no big deal. Last week I participated in the Dirty Girl Mud Run with some of my favorite girls, and it was a BLAST! We met up at CrossFit 70 to carpool over since parking was $10 a car. We were registered for the 9:30am wave and we got there a little after 8am. When we arrived there was seriously like NO line at all and we were through registration in less than 10 minutes. One of our girls was meeting us there and got there a little before 9am and the line was crrrraaazy. The lesson? Get there early!!


Paul Mitchell Schools is one of the National Sponsors of the Dirty Girl Mud Run, so they had an awesome booth set up where you could get your hair braided for free and get pink put in for just $5 with proceeds going to charity. Since I have purple in my hair already I was allll about the pink!


We checked our bags pretty easily and were all set up and ready to go. We ended up going in the 9:45 wave since one of our girls got held up in check in (can I say it again… get there EARLY!) We lined up at the start and had some fun warming up


Ooooh yea, that’s how I warm up. haha. Before we knew it the count down was on and we were off! Just a little bit of running before we encountered our first obstacle…. I tried to get pictures of all of them but my camera lens got mud on it and I had no where clean to wipe it on so I was taking pictures blind… whoops.


We ran through those foot hole things, crawled through tubes of mud, went over and under lots of things, through mazes, and over walls. I have done several other mud runs but I think this one goes down as the most fun because I did it with a group of girls I absolutely love! I seriously laughed SO much.

We were on to the cargo net climb, one of my favorites!


The mudslide was SO fun. You really caught some speed!


and if you were laughing on the way down you got a mouth full of mud… whoops.


Overall this was an awesome event, very well organized and put together. It was done at a permanent mud run course here so the facilities were amazing. The shower rooms were awesome and the lines went fast to get cleaned up. My 2 major problems was that there didn’t seem to be a lot of water stops, 2 or 3 I think? So we were always thirsty. Also the food/beer station at the end was SO backed up. We ended up leaving to find food instead of waiting in line forever. We still had a blast though! We will for sure do it again next year, and be better planned with our costumes too!

Sidenote: It was almost exactly a year ago I ran my first mud run… What a difference a year makes!


Have you done a mud run? Would you?

Disclaimer: I received Free Entry in exchange for my honest thoughts on the course. Of course, all thoughts and opinions are my own.



Dirty Girl Mud Run St Louis (Discount Code)

I love mud runs. They are so fun! When I found out that Dirty Girl Mud Run was coming to the St Louis area I knew I wanted to get in on it. They will be in town Saturday September 7th and they have waves going all throughout the day. It is going to be at The Battlegrounds in Wright City, MO.


I traveled to a few events last year (Remember how much fun I had in Chicago? Check out the Video!) but this one is like literally right in my back yard! The thing that I love about mud runs is that it is just so much fun. There is a “No pressure” kind of vibe, totally opposite of the way I get about a road race. Dirty Girl is all about getting a group of friends (or making new friends there!) and having a good time together. It is a 5k, so 3.1 miles. This course will have 12 obstacles spread out over the 3.1 miles.


The obstacles have fun names like “Utopian Tubes” and “PMS (Pretty Muddy Stuff)” – None of the obstacles seem too overwhelming, but if they are you can pass by them, no problem.

It really is a fun way to get active and use that general physical preparedness that we talk about in CrossFit lol. Plus, who doesn’t love playing in mud? For those of you who are looking to do your first mud run and are unsure about it, check out this post about some tips for mud runs!

5 Tips for Mud Runs

If you are in the STL area and want to join us use the code DGSTLBLOGGUEST for 20% off! You can register here.

Have you done a mud run? Any tips to share?