I've not posted for a month. Work has been hectic and life sort of got in the way!
On 22 Aug 15, I ran my first Tough Mudder. I entered a few months ago and was initially planning to enter with my boyfriend, who then was entering as part of his work team. As I didn't want to go solo, my mum came along (not sure she knew what she was letting herself in for)
Helpfully, the weeks leading up to Tough Mudder were not the best for either of us. Lots of late nights working, tonsillitis, flu and general stress didn't lend itself to productive and regular training.
As such, we turned up having not fully prepared and it's fairly safe to say, we were a little worried!.
To the start line...
Once we got to the start, we had another pep talk and we were off... At midday, at approx 26 degrees. It was very hot and the only downfall of the whole day was that the water stations were spaced a little too far apart, though that may have just been my fault for not drinking enough prior to beginning...
I also didn't make Everest as I tweaked my calf muscle at the Quagmire obstacle just prior to it, but we managed our way around. I had to walk some parts as I just couldn't keep running in the heat, and partly because I definitely didn't prepare and do enough cardio, but there were a lot of people walking so I didn't feel as much of a failure as I thought I was! A lot of people gave encouragement on their way round as well (including one guy who shouted that a bear was chasing me. I was dubious but started to run anyway)
I had a brief moment of hesitation on Walk the Plank, and I'm not sure why as I'm usually the first to jump off rocks in to the sea. I think it was because it was so muddy, or partly because by this point I was starting to flag. Nevertheless, my mum did it, and the TM volunteer at the top said that I had to if she had or he'd push me. I did say that's probably not allowed, and he said he'd make it look like an accident, so with that I jumped!
You can see how tired I was by this point, I look ready for bed! Still smiling though!
I think I'll write another blog post with some tips for each obstacle when I get another 5 minutes!
What I wore...
I did see a nice DryRobe in the Mudder Village though and they looked so cosy. Definitely a fan!
Until next time!
See you next year, Tough Mudder!
Training starts tomorrow!
Determined to get over some of the obstacles with less help!