Tough Mudder.

camp.0312By: Mary Marren

Ever wanted to challenge yourself to the extreme? As much fun as running the same path day in and out is, lately I’ve been feeling like I need more. I want to challenge my body and push it to its physical limits! So naturally, I hopped on Google to see what I could find, and that is when I stumbled upon Tough Mudder. WOAH. This is the ultimate challenge that would push anyone to his or her limits.

What is Tough Mudder? Well according to the official website, “Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. Only 78% of entrants successfully complete each challenge.”

Participants face various elements including mud, fire, ice water, and electricity.  Depending on the course, you could face 12-foot walls, mud tunnels, and other challenges along the way. So after reading through the website 3 or 4 times, I’ve decided to give it a go.

Tough Mudder has become so popular that the website actually puts together a training plan for you, no matter what fitness level you are at.  There are three different levels to train at, each one getting harder and longer.  

I’ve talked about it with a friend who recently completed his first Tough Mudder and he recommends it for anyone looking for a tough challenge.  With the proper training, the obstacle course is designed to be challenging, but also a fun experience that you do with a team of friends.

Another great thing about Tough Mudder is that the proceeds go towards the Wounded Warrior Project, which is a charity to aid injured soldiers.

Facing challenges and overcoming obstacles seems like an amazing sense of accomplishment, and I cannot wait to start training. Tough Mudders are held all over the country and should be registered in advance to give yourself time to prepare mentally and physically.

If Tough Mudder seems a little bit too intense for you at the moment, consider doing one of the many alternatives. You could check out a mini mud run ranging from 5k to 10k, or simply a 5k run. No matter what level of fitness you choose, getting up and going is already your greatest accomplishment.

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Stay Healthy, Stay Strong
-Mary Marren

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