That's right...I did it!
I freaking finished the Tough Mudder!
It was amazing!
Felt so good.
And I feel so proud of myself! I did every single obstacle! (with help of course, but that's what the Tough Mudder is all about)
I love the Tough Mudder because it's all about community and helping each other out! So ANYONE can do it! You have so many people, strangers, friends, and you all help one another on obstacles, cheer one another on, and get really muddy together! It's amazing!
The Funky Monkey was my favorite obstacle, and the one I looked forward to the most! I wanted to badly to complete this obstacle! It was an uphill climb monkey bars (at least 15), then a vertical circle bar, and two horizontal circle bars, which meant you you grabbed them, they whipped you around in a circle! (enter more challenge here)
So I worked out hard and practiced a handfull of times on regular monkey bars at the park, but I was confident. The girl working the station thankfully let us wipe our wet hands on her, and I went for it! I made it to the first circle! I went up the uphill bars quick and felt good. But that whipping of the circle bar threw me in the water!
I was not giving up though! I got out and said... "I'M DOING IT AGAIN!"
So round two, I scaled the monkey bars (so proud of that), hit the horizontal circle! "yes!" then the vertical! "YES!" and then the last vertical, almost to the platform, and I fall. I get out PROUD AS CAN BE! That was enough for me! I would've maybe tried again, but my arms were spent!
The adrenaline from that, and the strength it took my arms made the next obstacle the hardest for me, but I was so happy with myself!
So backtracking now, we ate pizza...HUGE, delicious pizza the night before the race, which I highly recommend!
Here's some of our group before the race! We had a blast! We dressed alike, which is fun! Plus wearing a bright color helps you to find each other while racing!
Also, the sweatbands were helpful! I never had an issue with mud in my eyes! (Oh, I wouldn't recommend orange next time though lol well at least not for first timers, because that's the same color of the first time Tough Mudder headband you get at the end lol)
My mother-in-law and the kiddos found us at the Mud Mile, it was fun! I also found one of my bootcampers in my year long program and we got to do this together and take a pic! It was fun to stay together and cheer each other on a few of the obstacles!
Asking me if I will do it again....??
YES! I want to do the Texas one in October for my 30th birthday!
It was a blast, and running through trails, (fun on their own), but running through soaking wet, or carrying 10 extra pounds of mud, makes you feel indefeatable, and like a true BADA** !
I highly recommend anyone doing this!
Our team stayed together, laughed, had fun, and helped each other, I loved it!
The hardest part was around mile 8-9ish (it was right over 10 miles total). It was the first time that obstacle lines were long and you had to wait. At that time in the race, standing still that long was not fun for the muscles! Because once you started again, it was that much harder!
Also, I highly recommend planning a fun recovery and celebratory day afterwards!
We did a 2 hour float on the river! It was the perfect way to relax after the race!
So basically what I'm saying is...YOU HAVE GOT TO DO A TOUGH MUDDER!