Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bring on the mud

You ever have one of those races where you hit submit and immediately think, "What the heck did I just get myself into?"

Yeah. That's what I'm feeling.

Shortly after finishing the Oshkosh Half Marathon in April, my Fleet Feet training buddy Peggy and I got a crazy idea to sign up for Tough Mudder. And of course once we registered, THEN we decided to watch the promo video.

Yeah. Our reaction? Oh crap. Seriously. That's probably the reaction you'd have if you read this: 
"Tough Mudder is not your average lame-ass mud run or spirit-crushing 'endurance' road race. It's Ironman meets Burning Man, and it is coming to a location near you. Our 10-12 mile obstacle courses are designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Forget finish times. Simply completing a Tough Mudder is a badge of honor."
Oh boy. And that's not even including the chunk that tells you that only 78 percent of people who START a Tough Mudder actually FINISH. Gulp.

Looking at event info for the Wisconsin event it gets a little more scary. For starters? This 10-mile test of mental and physical strength is held at a ski resort. So the first obstacle? Yeah, let's run UP the ski runs. still not sure how I'm going to master those greased monkey bars since I was a monkey bar failure in elementary school. I may just drop and swim. Will probably get across faster that way. And I'm sure there will be no lack of mud and water. Running through live wires? Yeah, not really worried about that considering I DID voluntarily get Tased once. And running through fire? That might be the most fun. Or crossing the finish line.

But there's a crazy part of me that is super stoked to do this, see just what I'm made of. I'm signed up and on July 23 I'll be lining up with other members of the Breezy Hillbilly Goatherders and other people crazy enough to attempt Tough Mudder.

Now. Looks like I should be spending some time at the gym doing some strength training. I think I'm going to need it.


Jess said...

I cannot wait to hear how this goes for you!!! I signed up to run the Tough Mudder in Virginia in October and I'm pretty terrified. 10 miles of ski slopes and all those obstacles...yea I'm pretty terrified! And the live wires completely freak me out!

Badgergirl said...

Glad to hear I'm not the only one who got that terrified feeling.

For some reason I'm not freaking out about the live wires. Yet. I think my plan will just to run fast. At least as fast as I can after almost 10 miles and crazy obstacles!

palexander75 said...

I'm scared too, but we are going to have a blast! I don't see how we can't, at least we'll have each other and the rest of the team to help us through. Will be fun to start as a team and hopefully finish as a team!!

Suzy said...

It looks like a blast, but I do not envy you. I have walked down Devil's Head and I don't think I'd want to go the other direction. Remember to have fun though!!