This post is sponsored by Under Armour through FitFluential and all opinions are my own!
So by now you are all members of the Under Armour What’s Beautiful contest right? Right??? Ok, I won’t judge if you aren’t. We have all have busy lives and it is hard to fit everything in but I guarantee that if you take a little time to fit this into your life you will become more inspired and more determined to achieve your goals than every before. Click here to join in.
Before we get to the updates on my personal goals and team challenges I want to share all of the awesome loot that I got from Under Armour with you!
This is the first box I received! It was jam packed with amazing workout gear. I was sent this because I was one of the winners from the Twitter Chat that was hosted by Under Armour and FitFluential! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
The items above are from the second box I received which are items that were sent to me for being sponsored by Under Armour for the What’s Beautiful contest through FitFluential! Again, I am so very thankful and appreciative! I look forward to completing more What’s Beautiful Challenges in my awesome new gear!
Speaking of challenges here is my favorite post on my personal UA What’s Beautiful page this week!
I also started a Pinterest board for the What’s Beautiful contest, click here to follow it!
The challenge for my team this week was to do a new exercise or workout and it seems that yoga was the focus for each of us. I will actually be attempting yoga for the first time ever today! I am excited and will update all of you about it next week. In the meantime, hop on over to my team page and check out the awesome video uploaded by Kristin! She’s a rock star! Click here to find out why! And while you are there, join my team so you can be part of next week’s challenge!
It’s hard to believe but tomorrow is the Ohio Tough Mudder! Woohoo!
Ohio was where I did my first and only Tough Mudder so it seems fitting that I am returning to Ohio for my first of two Tough Mudders for 2013.
Who else is returning for the Ohio Tough Mudder? This guy!
Justin was my teammate last year and he made quite a name for himself in the Tough Mudder circuit! I’m super pumped to get to run with him again!
Here is just a glimpse of what Justin and I and the other Mudders will be up against!
You can also click here to check out a course map.
And now without further ado here are my goals for tomorrow’s Tough Mudder!
- Finish! No time goal for this one, I just want to cross that finish line and stake my claim on another orange headband!
- Run a smart and injury free race. Tough Mudders are fun events but they are still extreme obstacle races and should be treated as such.
- Have fun and get muddy! That’s what it is all about after all right?!
Anyone else racing this weekend?
Today is a pretty significant day! On this day five months ago I ran my first Tough Mudder and one month from today I will be running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon! Maybe the number 14 should be my new lucky number!
Since I have running on my mind (when don’t I?) I thought I would share my list of what changed after I became a Tough Mudder. I would hate for you to think that once the highly sought after orange headband was placed upon my head, I just went back to leading my normal pre Tough Mudder life. No, no, no. I was forever changed and so were many other Tough Mudders who came before and after me.
1. Bragging rights for an eternity! - I don’t care if you ran just one Tough Mudder race and it was over two years ago, the fact remains that you ran it! No one can take that away from you. Feel free to tell everyone about it. I do. And you can be certain I will be telling my grandkids about it as well. I’m going to be one bad ass grandma btw!
2. Psyche out the competition - Once you become a Tough Mudder you seem 100 times scarier to every runner that has not run a Tough Mudder. Use it to your advantage, running is a mental sport after all!
3. No race will every compare - You will compare every other mud / obstacle race you do to the Tough Mudder. Nothing will ever come close to the Tough Mudder. Nothing.
4. New mantra - Everyone has at least one running mantra. I have had several over the years and now that I am a Tough Mudder, I have a new one. When I am struggling in a race I say to myself, “You are a Tough Mudder!” Works every time!
5. Fear be gone - I was scared to death of running the Tough Mudder. Once I conquered it I felt like I could do anything. All those little things in my regular day to day life that scared me didn’t seem so scary anymore. (Okay, so technically I am still scared of heights but we can’t expect the Tough Mudder to cure everything!)
The best part of being a Tough Mudder? It’s not an exclusive club. Go run one, don your orange headband and join the rest of us crazies who can’t get enough of them!
Have you ran a Tough Mudder? If you have, what would you add to this list? If you haven’t, WHY NOT???
Did you see my Wordless Wednesday post from yesterday? If so, you may have noticed that I have TWO Tough Mudders scheduled for next year. If you didn’t notice, I completely understand since Little B’s cuteness may have distracted you from the other two pics on the post. Ever since I did my first Tough Mudder, I have been itching to sign up for another one. Once you get a taste of a Tough Mudder you will want to come back for more! I guarantee it!
In true Tough Mudder spirit I decked Little B out in his very own Tough Mudder apparel and set up an indoor (no mud allowed) Mini-Mudder course for him to tackle. We both had a blast with it! Here is what we came up with!
1. Mat Mayhem – Somersault your way across the mat without falling into the “muddy” abyss on either side!
2. Frog Jumps – Make like a frog and jump over the logs!
3. Crazy Cycle - Hop on your Mini-Mudder approved trike and high tail it to the next obstacle!
4. Leap of Faith - One small hop for a Toddler but more peace of mind for the Mudder parent.
(No need to encourage jumping off of high objects!)
5. Grab & Dash - Fill your basket to the top with mysterious objects and dispense them into the bag at the checkpoint.
6. Shoot for the Stars - Make 3 shots into the basket to stop the race clock and become an official Mini-Mudder!
***All obstacles were completed by Little B whose qualifications include being a fun and fearless four-year old who happens to have a Tough Mudder for a Mom. It is highly recommended that all toddlers be evaluated for their readiness to complete such a strenuous course before attempting their first Mini-Mudder.***
Can you believe that last time I blogged was May 9th??? What is wrong with me?
I guess it’s because I am not really training for anything right now plus work has been crazy busy and then both Brennen and I have been sick. Life happens!
You may remember that I was supposed to pace my friend in her first 5k race on Mother’s Day weekend. However, due to my Tough Mudder injuries and her lack of running because of my lack of running we decided to bow out of that race with the intention of selecting another 5k in the future where both of us felt more prepared. Luckily it doesn’t count as a DNS for me as I never registered for the race.
My next scheduled race is the Warrior Dash in July. Perhaps I will find a 5k to do sometime between now and then but I am not feeling the need to race like I normally do. Maybe it is because nothing can ever really compare to the Tough Mudder or maybe because I have been slightly bored with my weekly workout regimen. I think it might be time to mix it up a little. Maybe try a Zumba class?!?!
So what have you all been up to? Any ideas on how I can get out of my workout rut?
Just about two weeks ago I did something that I said I would NEVER do! I did a Tough Mudder race!
The first time I heard about the Tough Mudder series I immediately decided that it wasn’t for me. I mean there were water obstacles AND height obstacles. Both of which freak me out. Plus it just looked really hardcore and I wasn’t sure if I could do something like that. And then I read this blog post from Kirsten at Running in a Girl’s World and I changed my mind! I wanted to do what she did. Minus the ankle issue of course. So I signed up!
The day before my Tough Mudder I was extremely nervous. I started questioning if I could actually do such a crazy race. I reached out to many of my friends with the hopes that they would talk me out of doing it and not a single one did! Thank goodness I have good friends! The morning of the race I was still a bundle of nerves. Luckily Heidi from Banana Buzzbomb was waiting for me at the Tough Mudder parking lot. I am bummed we didn’t take a pic of us so I could share it with you. But I am so glad I got to meet her! She was super nice and friendly and meeting her helped take my mind off my nervousness about the race. Plus she was nice enough to hold my bag since the bag check people were being extremely frustrating and only giving bags BACK to people instead of taking new bags at the time I needed to check my bag. Thanks Heidi!
Just before my wave started I met up with my team!
That was the first time that I had met any of them in person! And I am so thankful I had them to support me throughout the race! I would have never been able to do it without each and every one of them!
The running portions of the Tough Mudder were easy for me, although I will admit that there were times that I walked. I probably could have run the entire course but since I didn’t have a time goal I just let myself do whatever I felt like doing. The obstacles however, were definitely a challenge! I had decided before the race that if I wasn’t comfortable doing any of the obstacles, I would just go around it. I am proud to stay that I only avoided 3 obstacles, but I did all the rest!
Click on the link below to check out the official Tough Mudder Michigan / Ohio video to see firsthand the crazy course I did!
The three obstacles that I avoided were walk the plank, twinkle toes & the obstacle that had rings with water underneath.
Walk the plank was WAY too high and had WAY too much water for me. I avoided the other two because I was cold and I knew that I wouldn’t make it across and therefore would fall into the water and get even colder.
The obstacles that I am the proudest to say that I completed were the Berlin Walls and Everest.
The Berlin walls are high! I am so grateful that I had my team supporting me as I may have decided just to avoid them. But they hoisted me up the wall and when I panicked on top of the first one, one of the guys was nice enough to run around to the other side to make sure I made it down unscathed.
It took me two tries to get up Everest. The first attempt resulted in a sore hip and some bruises on my butt. On my second attempt, I was able to reach the hand of one of the guys on my team and then was pulled up! I was so pumped when I finally got up there! It felt great!
I am super happy to report that I did not get shocked! Not even once! Turns out that being small was an advantage for me. I was able to go in between the wires on all the shock obstacles without touching them! Phew!
At the end of the race I was bestowed with the coveted orange headband! And I was finally a Tough Mudder!
I drove home that day feeling pretty damn proud of myself! To be honest, the Tough Mudder wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Don’t get me wrong, it was definitely a challenge and by far the hardest race I have ever ran. However, I trained really hard for it and I think that is why I felt pretty good at the end of it.
I am also proud to report that I raised over $700 for the Wounded Warrior Project. Thank you to everyone who helped with my fundraiser! It was SO appreciated!!! And let’s not forget about all of the fabulous Soldier Story Saturday posts that got featured on my blog. Thanks to everyone who contributed a story!
And now that I have finally managed to clean all the mud off of me and my stuff . . . I can’t wait to sign up for my next one!
Sometimes the best finds of all can’t be bought…….they must be earned!
I know you all are waiting very patiently for me to post my Tough Mudder recap and I promise I will do it very soon! In the meantime I will leave you with the Tough Mudder pledge I took at the beginning of the race!
And a video to give you a taste of what I did to earn that orange headband!
If that doesn’t make you want to get an orange headband all of your own, I don’t know what will!
I can’t believe I’m about to say this but….tomorrow is my Tough Mudder race! *gulp*
I am not sure that I can say that I am 100% ready for this race but I am going to give it my all nonetheless! And have a blast while I am doing it!
With that in mind here are my goals for the race.
1. Finish and receive the coveted orange headband!
2. Meet my awesome team members and maybe even Heidi from BananaBuzzBomb.
3. Challenge myself and enjoy the experience!
A big thanks to everyone who donated to my Wounded Warrior Project fundraiser! Because of each of you I achieved my fundraising goal! If you want to donate, there is still time! Click here to do so!
Anyone have any last words of advice or encouragement for me? I am going to need all that I can get!