I announced back in February that Dave, his sister, his cousin, and myself were all going to subject ourselves to the Tough Mudder - a 12 mile mud run with 25 obstacles. Since that announcement a lot has been going on and it’s time for an update from all of us.

Tough MudderBut first I have to share this incredible Tough Mudder video to give you an idea of what the event is all about and for a little Monday morning inspiration.

Now for the updates, written individually by each participant:

Tésa

Well, my status in the Tough Mudder is questionable. You may have read recently about the roller coaster we’ve been on the last month or so. If not you can read about it here in “I Wish I Didn’t Have To Write This Post.” To sum up that post, and I’m sure to the surprise of many who might have missed it, on February 15th I found out I was pregnant. The first and second ultrasounds showed that the baby wasn’t growing as it should and we were hoping it was just a slow grower. Unfortunately at the 3rd ultrasound last Monday, we found out there was no heartbeat and we lost the baby.

Needless to say, while I was pregnant I couldn’t train for the Tough Mudder. I had been doing great too. I was running long distances (well, for me) in good times (again, for me) and was lifting more than I had since my college days. Once I found out I was pregnant and that the outlook was dim, I went into a bit of a slump and didn’t do much for 3 weeks or so. The fourth week I started walking again.

I’m still recovering from everything that’s taken place and with only 26 days to go, I don’t know if that’s enough time to train for the Tough Mudder. I’m going to give it a try but my doctor advised me not to jump right back into intense training. So I’ll do what I can and gauge how things are going once we get about 2 weeks out.

Part of me really wants to participate because it was such an inspiring goal before everything happened and I think it would help keep my mind off things. The other part doesn’t think it’s going to be possible to get into good enough shape and instead of having fun at the event, I would get too frustrated with myself and be too emotional about everything that happened.

So we’ll see.

Dave

Working out is hard enough sometimes, but with the Tough Mudder now within 30 days, it’s time kick it into overdrive!  I have been trying a couple of different things – Running, kettle bell workouts, running, P-90X, running, push ups and pull ups, and more running.  I am excited but very nervous. I keep telling myself we will be able to do it!  I have had a couple sicknesses pop up – sinus infection and food poisoning which pushed me out of my routine, but now it’s put up or shut up time for all of us … Off to the gym!

One last funny comment, every couple times when I send a text on my phone and try to type “Tough Mudder” auto correct changes it to “Tough murder” which I thought was funny at first, but now am beginning to realize it may be somewhat appropriate!   Good luck to all who are training for this!

Lori (Dave’s Sister)

I signed up for Tough Mudder because i thought it sounded like a lot of fun and i also wanted something that would force me to get back in shape.

I started training immediatly after we decided to sign up.  I decided to go with p90x.  The first week was tough.  I was sore, but overall felt good and even had more energy.

During month 2, i had to let up on my training, but knowing there is only a month left now, I’ve kicked in back into full gear.  I’m now trying to do something twice a day.  I think if this does not kill me, it should be a lot of fun!

Ami (Dave’s Cousin)

Today is the end of Week 5 of the official training. I was very out of shape, and had no upper body strength to speak of, so I’ve been doing P90X as well as running 3 – 4 days a week, for 2 – 3 miles a run.

It’s been hard….really hard.

It took me a while to figure the whole what I can eat as I exercise thing out. I had cut back on my carbs, as my husband, John, is on a low carb diet. I found out quickly that you can’t do this much training, and take in a low carb count every day.

Cranky was a word.

Now I just keep pushing through, eating basically what I want, but much healthier.

I didn’t take a “before” pic, but I did take measurements. I’ve officially lost 2” in the waist, 2” in the “spare tire”, an inch in my hips, an inch around each thigh, and ½” around each bicep. And I’m getting a great deal stronger. I’ve always been excited to do the Mudder, despite what many of my friends feel is my complete insanity. Now I’m not quite so scared of it.

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