Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tough Mudder 2011

On October 22, 2011 I ran one of the toughest races I have ever done.

Tough Mudder!!!

According to them:
"Tough Mudder is not your average lame-ass mud run or spirit-crushing ‘endurance’ road race. Our 10 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. "
So at 6:30am Saturday morning we all climbed into the car to drive 3 hours from Washington, DC to Wintergreen, Virginia; a steep, mountainous ski resort for the site of the race.

We weren't in the best of shape, but we were jacked up on caffeine and excitement. When we arrived at the parking lot to take the bus up the hill to the start line, the atmosphere was buzzing with anticipation.  Painted faces, spandex costumes, and spontaneous hyped up yells of excitement filled the crew jammed in to each school bus that delivered us to the sign in desk.

We signed a death waiver, registered our names, and received our bib and race band. We were the last group to go at 12:20, so we milled around the start line while we waited for each group ahead of us to go at 20 minute intervals. Around us, the morning finishers were drinking beer, participating in the keg toss, warming up around the fire, and congratulating each other with their tell-tale orange headbands they got at the finish line.

Soon it was our turn to start. On your marks, Get set, GO!

Click HERE to read about obstacles 1-8

Our team ready to rock!

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