Here is the recap that you all have been waiting for!
My first Tough Mudder of the weekend started with a leisurely drive through the country from the hotel that Chris and I stayed at to Michigan International Speedway where the race was taking place. I loved the drive because it reminded me of the small town I grew up in. Chris said the drive “brought out the country in me.”
We didn’t encounter any traffic until right outside MIS and then it was a slow crawl until we were finally in our parking spot.
I quickly got in line for a port a potty because my bladder was about to burst! After that we walked a half mile or so to the registration area where I registered as a participant and Chris registered as a spectator. We also ran in to my friend Mike who was running with me.
Once inside the race area we walked around for a bit and then found one of my other teammates…..Jodi! Our wave was at 9:40am and our team had planned to meet at the starting line wall. Jodi, Mike and myself never found any of our other teammates as there were a ton of people at the wall! So much that they couldn’t even let everyone into the starting area, it was CRAZY!
Later in the course we did end up running into Jesse, who you may remember from a previous Mud Runner Monday post. He was carrying his famous tire in honor of his sister of course!
In comparison to my first Tough Mudder, the weather for this one was much better! It was warm but not too warm and it was overcast which is always good for running. My first Tough Mudder was freezing cold and rainy! On the other hand, I did like the course of my first Tough Mudder better than the one at MIS. The MIS course weaved its way through the campgrounds surrounding the race track and a small portion of the course went into the woods. Running on the campground was a bit monotonous as the scenery was always the same. However, MIS was a great course for spectators as they had access to most of the obstacles.
In regards to the obstacles, there were a lot more water obstacles at this course compared to the one I did in Ohio. I am not big on water obstacles, especially those that cause me to go under water as I am not a good swimmer and I have a hole in one of my ear drums which makes it painful for me to go under. I am not going to lie, I didn’t do most of the water obstacles and I am ok with that.
Despite not meeting up with the rest of our team, I enjoyed running the course with Jodi and Mike. They were supportive and helpful the entire time. We also encountered many people on the course who were helpful as there were some obstacles we needed the assistance of other people to get through, like the Berlin Walls and Everest. Mudders are awesome folks, let me tell ya!
My proudest accomplishment for the first of my back to back Tough Mudders was getting up Everest on the first try! Last year it took me three tries before I was successful. This year I got in line, pointed at some random dude and ran my ass up the half-pipe until I came in contact with his hands and he pulled me up. Mission accomplished!
I also got shocked for the first time! Can’t say I am proud of that, but I will remember it. Ouchie!
My least favorite moment of this Tough Mudder? I did something to my left shoulder which left me with a dull pain throughout the day and made obstacles a tad more difficult to get over if they involved any shoulder work. At one point it was even hurting to run unless I kept my arm close to my body. Ugh!
As I mentioned, the course was very spectator friendly so Chris was able to get lots of awesome pictures. Here are a few more of them!
Once I got my orange headband, I hit the “showers” and then made the walk back to the car. Once we were almost back to the car it started pouring! I was thankful that I wouldn’t have to run in that. Chris drove us back to the hotel where I finally got a real shower and we spent the rest of the night relaxing and refueling for the next day…aka Tough Mudder #2 of the weekend.
Come back tomorrow to find out how Tough Mudder #2 of the weekend went!