So by now you have already read my recap from day #1 of my back to back Tough Mudders right? If not, click HERE. And yes, I know I promised you a recap of day #2 yesterday but I spent the day at Cedar Point and didn’t have any time to blog. I figured you would understand. 🙂
On the morning of day #2 I was worried that I would wake up feeling, well feeling like I had run a Tough Mudder the day before. Surprisingly I felt great other than my shoulder. My legs were not sore, in fact they felt strong and ready to tackle the course again. So instead of letting my shoulder hold me back, I had Chris tape it up with some KT Tape and then we headed back for round #2!
Traffic was much lighter on this day than the day before. Evidently Sunday isn’t as popular as Saturday is to run a Tough Mudder. This gave us plenty of time to watch a couple of waves before mine take off. I got to see Jesse again as he was volunteering at the start line and I even got to meet the starting line emcee, Sean! If you have never witnessed a Tough Mudder wave send off, you really need to! Sean gets the participants pumped up, motivated and inspired to tackle the course.
Originally I was going to run day #2 with a couple badass friends who both have run back to back Tough Mudders but they both had to back out due to injury. Boo! My new plan was to meet up with a guy that I ran the Tough Mudder with last year and a group of people that he was running with but just like day #1, I never found them at the start line. So what did I do? I set out to run the course alone. Well not really alone, there were lots of other Mudders out there so I figured I would just ask for help when needed.
At the beginning of the course I chatted with a few people here and there and got help over the obstacles from a few people but for the most part I was running alone. It was odd to not be surrounded by a ton of Mudders but there aren’t as many participants on Sunday. Miles 1-6 were a real struggle for me. My shoulder was killing me. Obstacles that should have been easy were hard and painful. Running was even painful if I didn’t keep my arm close to my body. There were several times that I was almost in tears because it hurt so bad and there were several occasions when I saw Chris that I wanted to tell him that I wanted to quit. Maybe I did tell him that, I am not sure.
Luckily at mile 6 a group of 3 Mudders adopted me! They were all doing their first ever Tough Mudder and I was happy for the company and the support. Here are a few pics from the course that Chris took along the way.
I am happy to say that I did end up finishing day #2 of my back to back Tough Mudders! And despite my shoulder injury I did as many obstacles as I could, including Everest which I got up on the first try again! Would I recommend running back to back Tough Mudders? Absolutely, if you are trained properly for it! My shoulder injury was a fluke and had nothing to do with me running back to back Mudders.
Now a week and a half later, my shoulder is still bothering me but it is improving. I haven’t been able to do much as far as working out goes. :/ I never realized how much your shoulder is used in just about everything that you do! However, I know it will heal and I will get back to doing all the things that I love to do. (Soon, I hope!)
As a side note, you may have read reports about people getting sick at the Michigan Tough Mudder. If not, click HERE to read about it. I did feel pretty rough for a few days after the weekend but nothing to the extent that people have been mentioning. I expected to feel a little out of it after running both Saturday and Sunday. Also, I am not surprised of reports from people who say they got sick. At an event this size, with so many participants and spectators, with mud that has who knows what in it and lots of rain added in for fun…..
So what’s next for me? If my shoulder will cooperate I am scheduled to run the Warrior Dash on July 28th. Chris is also running it! The plan is for me to run a lap by myself and a lap with him. It should be a great time!