Have you heard of mud and adventure runs? They are all the rage these days and that’s why we are excited to work with Tough Mudder and receive registration for the run to share our honest opinions. With only one week left before the Tough Mudder, it’s time for more training updates. I can’t believe in only 7 days it will be time to run 12 miles and climb over, under, through, and across 25 obstacles!

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We’re hoping for nice weather. As of today, next Saturday is predicted to be 61 degrees and partly cloudy. We’ll take it. Fingers crossed it stays in the 60s so no one gets hypothermia jumping into the ice water! Doesn’t it sound fun?


Well, I’ve decided that it would be best to pass on the Tough Mudder this year. With everything that happened, I didn’t feel it would be wise to undertake such an endurance demanding event. I’ve been working out again, but just couldn’t get up to speed in time. I’m disappointed, but I’ll be sure to be on the sidelines to cheer on Dave, Lori, and Ami and taking lots of pictures!


7 days . . . less than 7 days remaining.

Anxiety, Panic, Excitement, Nervous, Adrenaline Rush, Fear, Concern, Joy

Such a mix of emotions and thoughts, it was about 2 and a half months ago I let my cousin talk me into doing the Tough Mudder, I have done more running in the last 2 months than I have in the 16 years since I stopped running track (wow, that made me feel very old).   I have shed a couple of pounds, but the not as much as I needed to, sadly my diet (or lack thereof) continues to kick my butt, but fortunately the treadmill and running outside in the cold have kicked my butt a little more.

It has been very different and motivating to train towards a specific goal.  I am so excited to take part in the Tough Mudder because it will test me both mentally and physically.  I keep watching videos of past events and continue to be amazed that I will be doing those same crazy obstacles in just a couple more days.   I am pretty certain I am just stubborn enough to finish this thing!!

I was talking to the crazy girl who got us started with the Tough Mudder (that’s you Ami) and she sums up her goals pretty well, “let’s finish this without breaking any bones.”  That seems like a good goal to me, and I have decided to adopt that goal as well!   I am looking forward to getting that orange headband and drinking that beer at the finish line!


Since my last Tough Mudder update, I’ve been working out every chance I get.  Being sore has become a regular thing.  If I’m not achy when I wake up, I wonder if I did enough the day before.

Right around the two week mark, I started to panic, worrying that I didn’t have enough time left to prepare for it.  I’ve been switching between P90X, P90X2 and Insanity, not following any particular order.  Overall, I’m just exhausted.  When I finally get to go to bed, I immediately fall asleep and wake up in the exact same position when my alarm goes off.  Although I’m still excited, I can’t wait for this to be over!

Now that I have one week left, I may let up a bit.  We’re going to TM on Saturday morning and even though I want to make sure I’m ready, I don’t want to be stiff and sore that day, at least not until after it is over.

I do feel that agreeing to do Tough Mudder did accomplish what I originally wanted it to do – it forced me to start working out regularly again.  I needed that.


So it’s one week until the Tough Mudder. How am I feeling? Excited. I get more excited the closer we get. I’m also getting more and more nervous. Wondering if I’m ready; if I can do it. And, most importantly, if I can do it without any major injury!

Training’s coming along. I’ve been down the past week, due to a minor back strain. It’s taken me this long to realize that there’s an exercise on one of the P90X videos that I must be doing incorrectly, because I seem to strain my back every time I do that specific video. So I’m a little disgusted about that. Now is not the time to be down. But it’s gotten a little better every day, and I plan to do my strength videos as instructed next week, extra cardio for endurance, and run like I normally do. And hope it’s enough!

My friends still think I’m completely insane, but that’s OK. When it’s all said and done, I’ll be the one with the orange headband, the battle scars, and the bragging rights, and they’ll be the ones who sat on their couches eating junk food and drinking beer.

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