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“What is Tough Mudder?” you ask.
Allow me to explain. The Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Navy Seals to push you to the limits, make you cry, hurt like the devil for the next week and do all but make you fall down dead.
Sound fun yet?
While running around at boot camp, one of my friends said something like, “Hey, my sister-in-law is getting a team together for this thing called the Tough Mudder. Have you heard of it? I guess it’s like this marathon/obstacle course thing. I don’t know, but if you’re interested, she’s recruiting.”
After checking out the website and all that’s involved, I joined. I mean, how could I not???
Obstacles in this crazy endeavor include plenty of running through the desert, belly crawling through slopping (poop-like) mud while avoiding barbed wire just inches above your head, climbing over a series of solid wood walls, crawling through pipes half filled with water, making it across a 2-rope bridge, monkey bars greased with butter, something called the ‘mud mile’ in which you pray you don’t lose your shoes (comparable to Texas gray mud, from the looks of it), climbing up hills, scrambling over rocks, jumping hay bales, running through fire and ‘electric shock therapy’!
(Anybody ready to sign up?)
Oh, and don’t forget the awesome Arctic Enema!
Some people have the stamina to run a marathon or do triathlons, or even swim the English Chanel! Me… not so much. I figure that if I’m going to do something athletic with myself, it might as well be… well… different. Plus the bragging rights would seriously rock.
What’s more (and this is the awesome part) proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project. In fact, some of the participants are actually soldiers who were wounded in battle; they do this to prove to themselves that they still got it.
Training for this madhouse includes a lot of running/jogging, scrambling up hillsides and over walls, weight lifting at the gym and a lot of mental preparation. Every couple of days I watch this clip for inspiration and motivation, not just in prepping for the Tough Mudder, but in all aspects of my life:
PS: Screwed Up Texan’s favorite quote from the above video? “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.”