Running the Merrell Tough Mudder
If you have followed me for awhile, you know I have always wanted to do a Merrell Tough Mudder, but I’ve let my fears stand in the way.
I couldn’t imagine doing the race because:
*I’m very afraid of heights.
*I’m not a fan of swimming or falling into water
*I hate mud.
*I am scared to fail. I have even signed up for it a few times and then just copped out. (shameful, right?)
This time….I gathered a strong support team (translation: one that would NEVER let me live it down if I didn’t follow thru!) , we trained for it, and with the kindness of Tough Mudder and Merrell….I am happy to say I did it!
Yep, I earned that Merrell Tough Mudder headband! .
*The climbing the walls sucked, but I was able to get over them.
*I wasn’t able to get across the monkey bars over the water (mainly due to my injured shoulder), but despite my complete fear of heights and falling into water—-I TRIED.
*I jumped in mud. Swam through mud. It was so hot, that I even enjoyed the mud a few times!
*Electrocution hurts, but I didn’t run from it.
*I didn’t fail.
As my wonderful boyfriend pointed out many times —
the failure isn't in failing, the failure is in not even trying. Click To Tweet
Wise words in both fitness and life.
Speaking of fear, this is the face of the guy who had to watch ALL the children during the race. (7 boys and one girl!) He was supposed to run the race, but got injured and had to pass. Thank you Aaron, you are awesome!!
Ok, here is my photo recap!
Our team set out in the morning all full of excitement—–and clean/dry clothes!
Tough Mudder allowed us to jump in on the next available starting heat and after a great warm up by the Coach , we were off and running!
Thanks to the Richmond Times Dispatch for capturing this great starting shot of 2 of my teammates. They are brothers in family and also brothers in blue.
I wore a Go Pro during the event and now I definitely need to get my own. Too bad I didn’t realize that it had turned off by itself after the first few obstacles. :/
The full Tough Mudder is approximately 10 miles of running, which itself was a challenge on such a hot day. One of the obstacles was the dreaded Arctic Enema, where you slide into a dumpster of ice. (brown ice, by the time we got there) While this was COLD…..it was also somewhat refreshing.
Check out my reaction in the video!
A Tough Mudder is all about teamwork and helping others (no Mudder left behind!) and this was put to the test in the mud pit in the woods. (not sure the actual obstacle name). My fellow teammates basically slid into the pit and it was a challenge to get out the other side. You definitely needed the help of others and I now understand what it feels like to be caught in quicksand…..and to be a mud wrestler, lol.
The final obstacle is Electro Shock therapy and let me tell you…..that definitely hurts. We all locked arms and did it together. Our faces say it all! (ouch!) All in all it was an amazing event and I highly recommend that everyone step up to the challenge.
Success! I finished the Merrell Tough Mudder!
We definitely enjoyed our post race beer!
Many thanks to Tough Mudder for allowing us to run and to Merrell for the shoes and clothing.
So now what? I need to find a new challenge……..