I came, I saw, I got incredibly muddy, and I conquered the Tough Mudder! It was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and even though I’m all banged up and can barely move, I had so much fun! Here’s my team (Mo Staches Mo Muddy) ready to get tough!
To say the Tough Mudder was intense would be an understatement. Before we even got to the starting line, we had to jump over a wall – yea… an obstacle before the obstacle course even starts! Right after we scaled the wall, there was a guy waiting at the starting line getting everyone pumped up. After a brief speech and the national anthem, we were off! This was our course:
I won’t take you through all 11 miles and 20 some-odd obstacles, but here are a few highlights:
The Electric Eel – Basically, we had to slide on our stomachs through cold water while shock wires hung right above our heads. I got a pretty nasty shock to the shoulder on this one.
The Funky Monkey – These aren’t your average monkey bars. First they incline upward, then slope down, and of course are completely covered in mud. I only got about 3 bars in before losing my grip and falling into muddy waters. My boyfriend made it all the way across, though!
Arctic Enema – It’s pretty much as painful as it sounds. Arctic Enema is a dumpster full of ice. We had to jump in, submerge ourselves to go under a wooden board, and swim out the other side. Picture the worst brain freeze you could ever imagine, and put that all over your body – that’s how it felt. I don’t have any pictures going in, but here’s one coming out:
The Mud Mile – This was probably one of the hardest parts of the course because it seemed like it would never end! We ran through a mile of intense mud. I can’t tell you how many times I almost lost my shoe to the sludge. Not only was it incredibly muddy, but it was super hilly! Up and down and up and down we went. I may or may not have ripped my pants sliding down this hill. Just when we thought it was over, we had to climb over what seemed like a hundred mounds of mud barriers.
Berlin Walls – Scaling these 12-foot walls were hard, and there were so many we had to go over during the event! The toughest were the Berlin Walls toward the end of the course – five walls in a row! Despite all my p90xing, upper body strength is still not my forte. Luckily, I had some strong guys on my team to give me a leg up.
Everest – This was the second to last obstacle. It’s a quarter pipe coated in mud. We had to sprint up it and hope that a fellow mudder could grab us and pull us up at the top. I was able to grab hold of my teammates on the first try and then had to swing my leg up like the girl in the picture below so they could pull me up.
Electroshock Therapy – The very last obstacle was created to be dreaded. It’s basically a sprint through live wires that carry up to 10,000 volts of electric shock. To make it worse, we had to jump over a hay bale half-way through. I face planted right away – way to end with a bang!
Those are just a handful of the obstacles we faced, but three and half hours later, we made it to the finish line! We got our beer, our Tough Mudder headbands, a ton of scrapes and bruises, and a nice picture to recap the experience.
Needless to say, I took the longest shower ever when I got home – and I still wasn’t totally clean! But despite the mud in my tub and the bruises on my… well… everything, I would do it again in a heart beat! I just need a few months to recover first ;-).
Have you ever done an obstacle-course or a mud run? What did you think?