tough mudder [the recap]
as i sit here on my couch in my bathrobe, with coffee in hand, i can’t help but still feel high off our run yesterday. the photo above sums up what tough mudder is all about: teamwork. as i sprinted up ‘everest’ all i had to grab was the outstretched hands of fellow mudders, trusting they’d catch me and pull me up. i was fortunate to get it on my first try.
this event is partially about preparing yourself physically, but it’s also relying on teamwork and the hands/legs/feet/shoulders of fellow mudders/teammates pushing/pulling you through the obstacles. a big part is mental, because there are obstacles where you stand there saying to yourself ‘i can’t do this’ but everyone pushes you ahead, cheers you on and you do it. you do things you don’t think you can do, partly because you have people who have faith in you, but partly because you have prove to yourself you can.
the weather was perfect, sunny and lower 60’s. the race was held at beautiful farm outside charlotte, with rolling hills and colorful trees. we arrived and posed for pictures, we sang the cool runnings theme song, we were nervous as hell but so excited. this is what we all had trained for, and the time had finally come to do the damn thing.
we ran roughly 12 miles, we tackled 25 obstacles, we slapped butts, we laughed, we checked in with each other along the way, we stopped when someone cramped, we were covered in mud, we were submerged in ice cold water. we all faced our fears, together, as a team. it was one of the most incredible experiences of my life, and i’m so glad i was able to run it with this team. rhyan was there, along with my niece & nephew, emma’s boyfriend, and a good friend who took pictures at all the spectator points.
when all was said and done, it was obvious we had psyched ourselves out. while it was challenging and every bit as difficult as we thought it would be, it was so. much. fun. we went at our own pace, the obstacles were the perfect mix of fun and fear, the running was relatively easy. the volunteers/staff members/army reserves were so helpful and supportive throughout, high-fiving and motivating us the entire time, and the camaraderie amongst the fellow mudders was just incredible.
we plan on doing this event each year, as jamaican bobsledders. our outfits were a huge hit, mudders would run up to us and quote certain parts from the movie throughout the course. it was awesome! i’m thrilled with how little soreness i’m feeling today, no bruises, no specific pains. just feel like i had a really good workout yesterday — which, i did!