This wasn’t your average obstacle course, oh no! Think plunging under ice water, crawling through rock laden muddy tunnels, and wading through a river. Oh and let’s not forget all those electric shocks! These were just a few of the obstacles I had to complete, but I can happily say that I DID complete it.
Tough Mudder is a team event but I did it on my own. Originally I was doing the South London Tough Mudder in a team of 10 but one by one everyone dropped out until I was left by myself. It wasn’t even my idea in the first place and here I was, doing it solo!
I’ve already completely 3 half-marathons and am a very keen runner so I made a 12 week training plan. It consisted mostly of running but also strength training and yoga. The obstacles remained mostly unknown so I tried to mix it up. Yoga is amazing because I have really tight hips and as a result, my hips are feeling fine. I damaged my hip during the Cardiff half marathon last October. This left me having to see a physio and unable to run until February. However, no amount of training could have prepared me for Tough Mudder!
The ‘Artic Enema’ was scarier than skydiving. Jumping into deep, ice-filled water then swimming underneath a skip in the pitch black. When I emerged I could barely breath it was so cold. Falling from monkey bars into deep cold water shortly after felt almost tropical in comparison.
Even if running and army style obstacles aren’t your thing, I would really suggest a challenging obstacle course. The sense of achievement after is almost overwhelming. Scaling 8 foot walls and greased-up half pipes required teamwork. Seriously, check it out. Tough Mudder takes place all over the world and supports Help The Heroes.
What have you done that fills you with pride? Would you or have you ever done a similar event?