Tough Mudder Race REVIEW & Obstacle TIPS
5 pm, Fri afternoon ......I get a call from my partner in crime.
"Hey, do you want to get up at 4 am tomorrow and run a 20 obstacle half marathon race? They have an Electro Shock and Arctic Enema obstacle at the end."
"......Ahhhh...... Sure. Let's do it!"
As to what Tough Mudder is all about, here is a quote directly from their website:
We are 10-12 miles of mud and obstacles built to test your mental grit, camaraderie and all-around physical fitness. We are a team-oriented challenge with no winner, no finisher medal, no clock to race against—just an ice cold beer and a few good scrapes from a day spent outside and free from everyday bullshit.
Yeah we both have a little crazy in us and that's good because this race was actually pretty tough. It was just short of a half marathon at 11 miles, longer than any race I've ever done. The longest prior was the Peachtree Roadrace which was 10k (6.2 miles).
We got there at 6 am, to volunteer before the race and get our ticket prices down to $40 instead of $150! Panera Bread provided bagels, bananas and coffee for breakfast and sandwiches and chips for lunch. That was nice. We finished our shift at the information desk a few minutes before 2 and then went right to the start line for the final wave of the day.
I just finished doing a Spartan Sprint a few weeks back wearing my everyday Mizunos. This time I knew I needed some better shoes. These Solomon shoes were awesome and made the race a lot more comfortable, they had a quick lace system and the nubs helped bypass obstacles and keep mud from sticking underneath the shoe. Great shoes!
•Challenging. There are a few obstacles that actually require teamwork to complete which just adds so much to the comroderie that you already feel as the community helps each other push through.
•FUN Obstacles. These were REALLY fun! I liked the Swinging one and the Electroshock ones the best!
•FUN Participants. These people were here to have a good time, not try to leave the others in the dust. I have to admit, with my competitive spirit, I thought I would want to burn through as fast as I could, but I had so much more fun at this race just having fun with everyone there. Check out Dumb and Dumber! LOL
•Good spacing between obstacles
•Really not much to say here. Some people were really scared of the Electro Shock station and I have to admit it was WAY stronger than I anticipated. I've played with stun guns and handheld tasers before and thats exactly what these jolts felt like. I was ready for a mild buzz but almost got knocked out! Fun Fun Fun!
Now the ice bath.....that I was terrified of ;D
•Do not try to wash your clothes without taking them to an outside car wash first.