The Tough Mudder sucks! I just finished it a few weeks ago, and that’s my summary. It didn’t really suck. I think anyone could actually finish it, but parts of it were horrendous. Other parts were fun, and I did like the team spirit kind of attitude everyone had. Here’s my round up of the obstacles I liked, didn’t like, and could or couldn’t do. The Tough Mudder involved a lot of running. I don’t really run at all. If you weren’t doing an obstacle, then you were running. The course was 11 miles long, and the obstacles were very short. Lots of running. You want to know the most I’ve ever ran? Well, I’m going to tell you. About 2 miles. And that’s probably overestimating. But this running wasn’t nice and easy smooth surfaces. You were basically hiking the whole time, which for me, actually made it easier. I think if it were flat, I would have hated it more. All in all, I didn’t think I would be able to run that long, but it worked out. The obstacles that we did that were worth mentioning are here. The Arctic Enema, which you basically just hop in a tank full of freezing cold water, and submerge yourself in it, was first up to bat. This one I thought was going to be worse than it actually was. Definitely cold, but not unbearable. There were a few water ones, where you swim, I decided to skip, because, I’m not much of a swimmer, and I would rather not have my experience include a lifeguard saving me, or worse results than that. Walk the plank, where you just jump off a 20 foot tall plank, looked fun, but I passed, and probably with good reason. There were multiple in water obstacles, that, unfortunately smelled horrendously like cow poop, and I’m pretty sure that’s because they were filled with it. For you newbies, know that going in. I failed miserably at a couple obstacles, one ring swing thing, and a rock climbing thing, but, I’m fine with that. Everest was probably my favorite obstacle. It’s a quarter pipe that you try to RUN up, and mount the top of the pipe. There are people at the top of it, trying to help other people who can’t quite make it up on their own. These were people who didn’t know the other people helping them up. It was a really “feel good” obstacle. Another one I didn’t mind at all was this mud pit. It literally was a pit of mud you sludged through. I heard so many girls, screaming like…. girls. It was kind of humorous and just reminded me of being 7 years old. The last obstacle to go through was the Electric Wires. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on who you were, they weren’t juiced up, so it was a non-obstical really. I wanted to see this thing knock a few people on their butts. All in all, I would say Tough Mudder was an interesting experience. I don’t know if I’ll do it again. The group I did it with from the studio was awesome, but I wasn’t entirely too impressed with the adventure race as a whole. I would say try it once if you are interested in this type of thing, and definitely don’t be intimidated by it. I wasn’t too sore after the fact. It was a good workout, but the only thing that really bothered me was the tops of my feet. I think it had to do with my Merrells that I wore, which are very minimalist, but who knows. Anyway. check it out at www.toughmudder.com if you are interested in the race.
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