Tough Mudder: Solid Motivation
So I’ve been searching for something other than just looking good in a bikini to get my ass in gear, and motivate me to get in absolute peak physical shape. And by jove, I think I’ve found it.
Behold, Tough Mudder. A 10 to 12 mile, gut wrenching, ball busting, “oh my god I can’t breathe, no wait I can’t move cause I just got hit with a 10,000 volt live wire” endurance run and obstacle course developed by British Special Forces. Check out the video from Nor Cal 2011 here.
From the horse’s mouth:
Tough Mudder is not your average lame-ass mud run or spirit-crushing ‘endurance’ road race. Our 10-12 mile obstacle courses are designed by British Special Forces to test all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Forget finish times. Simply completing a Tough Mudder is a badge of honor. With the best obstacles and the most innovative courses, it’s no surprise that Tough Mudder has ten times more participants than any other mud run and half a million participants globally.k
So I’m doing it.Because only 25% of their entrants are female. Because 20% of the people who start the run don’t actually cross the finish line, and I refuse to be one of them. Because it’s time for a real challenge. Because I’ll be old enough by then to actually DRINK the Dos Equis that they hand me
if when I cross that finish line. I’m getting together a team of my friends to at the very least train for it with me, most to actually participate though! We are the “Muddy Buddys”!
Let’s Talk Training
In addition to my current workout regimen, I will be adding in endurance running, more extensive lifting/strength building, cutting out more refined sugars, fats, etc, and changing up my types of workouts; i.e. get the eff out of the gym.
I’ll be running to the gym every chance I get instead of driving there, and interchanging weekend workouts with interval training on inclined terrain.
Also I’ll be learning how to tolerate being cold, cause you know, the ice bath.
My friends and I tried to use the rainy weather up here in Nor Cal to our advantage this weekend. Here’s the product of that:
The crew :)
My biffle Sabrina on the left, myself on the right :)
Endurance: Run 10-13 miles at a decent pace in about three hours (or less).
Strength: Be able to do the whole strength program as listed here with ease and limited rest breaks.
Finish it. Own it.