Tough Mudder is a series of obstacle course competitions that bill themselves as “probably the toughest one day event on the planet.” According to the New York Times, the event is designed to be “more convivial than marathons and triathlons, but more grueling than shorter runs or novelty events.” For example, Warrior Dash courses are between three and four miles, while Tough Mudder courses are between seven and twelve miles. It is estimated that about 20% of participants do not finish the course.
13 miles (even though they said it was 11), 6 hours (even though they said it would take 3), 2,600 feet elevation (I wonder if they lied about that, too), 25 obstacle courses (everything felt like an obstacle course) and a collective pint of mud water (approximately) swallowed later, I am spent. I run daily, have quality gym time at least every other day, and eat fairly healthy, but dude, Tough Mudder completely kicked my ass yesterday in ways that I didn't even … more
I know that right afterward, I swore up and down that I'd never do it again, but just a few days later... I'm ready and can't wait to sign up for my next one! Probably one of the coolest things I've ever done, and for a great cause, too. Don't think you can do it? Well, there were amputees, people in wheelchairs, senior citizens and survivors of major illness doing this alongside everyone, and if they can truck through it, so can you ;)