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I am a glutton for punishment, there is no doubt about it. If it involves running, and I’m likely to injure myself, for some reason I’m always the first to say “YES! Let’s go!” *insert eyeball roll…at myself…here*
So when my new running friends here in New Hampshire invited me to be a part of their Tough Mudder team, I didn’t even think twice before saying yes. And then I remembered the live electric wires. And shots of hot sauce rumored to be the mystery obstacle at one race. And whatever the heck this nonsense is:
Ice cube jello wrestling? I’m really not sure. It looks horrible. I think I’m terrified.
I seriously can’t wait!
So you may have heard of other mud runs. It seems over the last few years the mud run/obstacle course insanity has taken over. Apparently, just “running” is no longer enough for us endurance freaks. There are plenty of GOOD mud runs, and FUN ones out there for all ages and abilities. But Tough Mudder is rumored to be, well, umm… tough. Not something you just show up to on a whim. A grueling 10-12 mile trail run with over 20 military-style obstacles (rumor has it that US Marine Corps participants say that the Tough Mudder is just as hard, if not harder, than USMC basic training). Don’t believe me? Check out these pictures:
|Warrior Dash doesn’t make you outrun T-Rex…|
|10,000 volts of live electric wires anyone?|
• Designed by British Special Forces, Tough Mudder tests strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie. Tough Mudder believes marathon running is boring and would rather test your all-around mettle than your ability to run in a straight line. (Disagree with the marathon being boring, TM friends, but I’ll humor you, for this chaos DOES look sickly fun)
• Tough Mudder is not a race, but a challenge. Participants are not timed on the course. The event cannot be completed alone – it requires teamwork and the help of other participants.
• 80% of participants complete the course as part of a team.
• On average, only 78% of participants finish the course.
• Average finishing time is 2.5 hours, with the fastest finishing at 1.5 hours.
• In 2010, Tough Mudder held three events. In 2011 it will hold 14 events and in 2012, will expand internationally, holding a total of 27 events across the US, Canada, UK and Australia.
Sound like a fun time yet? In addition to the goal of aiming to replace the Ironman as the ultimate endurance event on the planet (really? Can you even compare the two? Maybe I can sucker Macca onto my team, and he can let us know) , Tough Mudder has raised close to 3 MILLION dollars for the Wounded Warrior Project. I love a race with a bigger purpose behind it!
Yesterday marked 9 weeks until Tough Mudder New England in Mt Snow VT. My team and I met for our first practice. We ran 4 miles of trails, on the snow, first mile? Straight uphill. It was a fun challenge for sure, but I think next time we may need to randomly position some people in the woods to pelt ice cubes and water balloons at our heads as we intermittently stop the run to climb trees. Just an idea.
This race is going to be ridiculous. I can’t wait. Are you in?