Next Monday I am starting a new series on my blog called Mud Runner Monday! It’s no secret that I am a mud run addict and naturally I am a big fan of all runners but most especially mud runners! Mud / obstacles runners are a different breed of runners, in my opinion, and each mud runner has his / her own story. My goal is to share some of the stories with you and introduce you to the world of mud running through the different runners that will be featured on my blog.
If you are a mud runner and would like to be a part of the series just let me know! All you will have to do is answer some questions and send me some pictures for the post. It’s easy, I promise! Interested? Email me at email@example.com
And speaking of mud runs, I think I have found the solution to my Tough Mudder problem. If you are not sure what I am referring to click here to read all about it.(Btw you were all incredibly supportive and uplifting about this issue. Thank you!) The solution? Run back to back Tough Mudders! I am currently signed up to run the Michigan Tough Mudder on Saturday June 29th so if I run on Sunday too that will complete my goal of running two Tough Mudders this year! It sounds crazy but I figure I will already be there and some of my teammates from Saturday are doing Sunday as well. This also means that I won’t have to worry about trying to fit another race into my schedule or alter my training for other races! It’s the perfect solution!
This will be the first time I have ever ran back to back races (and I have secretly been wanting to do it), so I am pretty excited about it!
Have you ever done back to back races before? How did it go? Also don’t forget to contact me if you want to be a featured mud runner for my new series!
I’ve been dragging my feet on writing this post.
If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook you may already know the outcome of my Tough Mudder but if you don’t here’s the scoop. I didn’t accomplish a single item from my goal list for the race. In fact I had a big fat DNS! (Did Not Start)
The reason for the DNS? I got stuck working when I should have been in Ohio racing!
I’m big enough to admit that I cried a little. I’m actually tearing up just by writing this. I am also big enough to realize that sometimes being an adult sucks and that sometimes work will get in the way of my running plans.
One of my goals for this year was to run two Tough Mudders. The Ohio Tough Mudder was supposed to be the first one with the Michigan Tough Mudder in June being number two. Now I need to either let that goal go to the wayside or try to find another Tough Mudder that I can add to my race schedule. I would prefer to find another Tough Mudder to run but I already have quite a few races scheduled and I need to make sure that whatever Tough Mudder I add doesn’t conflict or interfere with my goals and training for those races. Sigh.
Not to mention I already paid for the Ohio race and the thought of having to pay for another Tough Mudder doesn’t sit well with me. Those races aren’t cheap!
On the other hand, I am running the Iron Warrior Dash In September which is supposed to be the Warrior Dash’s version of the Tough Mudder being that it is 15-20 miles of mud and obstacles. Perhaps I can allow myself to count that as my second Tough Mudder. We’ll see. When I commit to a goal, I like to finish it not change it to suit my needs at the time.
The Tough Mudder isn’t my first DNS but the two other DNS’s that I had were on my terms and I made the decision to DNS. Those DNS’s were easier to handle than this one.
Have you ever had a DNS? What was the reason and how did you handle it?
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?
It’s goal time!
Here is how I did on my goals for March!
1. Get adequate sleep – Let’s face it, no matter how much I focus on getting adequate sleep I am always going to be in need of more. That’s just a fact of life as a busy adult. But that aside, I think I did a good job overall of being more conscious about going to bed at a decent time. Yay!
2. Run Rock CF 5k – Done! Check out the recap here if you haven’t already read about it.
3. Go to the circus - Little B and I DID go to the circus. Stay tuned for a post later this week all about it!
Moving on to my goals for April. April is a little tricky because I will be doing a lot of travelling which is going to limit the amount of time I can commit to goals so I am going to go easy on myself.
1. Clean up my eating - I eat relatively healthy as I eat a lot of whole foods and I try to make food choices that are in line with my overall goals but I think I could pay more attention to the packaged food that I do eat. I am going to focus on reading labels and learning about the food so that I can make educated decisions about what I am allowing in my diet. This will be just a small change so I think it is very doable.
2. Run the Shamrock Shuffle – One of my trips this month is to Chicago for the Shamrock Shuffle 8k! This race kicks off the running and racing season in Chicago (but we all know must runners run year round) and it will be my first time running it. I have my green attire ready and I’m looking forward to it!
2. Complete the Ohio Tough Mudder - This will be one of two Tough Mudders that I have planned this year in order to cross off my running goal of completing two Tough Mudders in 2013! I am ready for some mud and obstacles! But not ready for the electrocution. Gah!
How did you do on your March goals? What goals do you have in place for April?
Last week I saw this post on Banana BuzzBomb and many other running blogs as well, so I thought I would join in on the fun too!
1. Best run ever – The first one that comes to mind is when I ran the Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon. I had planned to run the half marathon relay but ended up switching to the solo half marathon. I felt great most of the race and was able to end strong with a smile on my face. I also got a PR that I wasn’t expecting!
2. Three words that describe my running - Therapeutic, fun & badassery!
3. My go-to running outfit is – Well, we all know that in the hot weather I am a proud member of the topless running club.
4. Quirky habit while running – I’m not sure if this is quirky but I know other runners find it odd. I carry my own water on each and every run. Doesn’t matter how long the distance, I always have water with me.
5. Morning, midday, evening – Due to my early start time at work, I typically run in the late afternoon / early evening hours.
6. I won’t run outside when it’s – Thunderstorming or overly icy. I try to avoid the dreadmill whenever possible so I will run in just about every other type of weather.
7. Worst injury – and how I got over it - Runners knee! And I really haven’t gotten over it but I have learned how to manage it better. When it flares up I foam roll, ice it and pull back on my training if needed.
8. I felt most like a badass mother runner – This is an easy question. During the Tough Mudder, of course!
9. Next race is – Nike Women’s Half Marathon! Woot! Tiffany finishers necklace here I come!
10. Potential running goal for 2013 – Hmmm I haven’t really started to think of goals yet, although I have already started planning my race schedule. Maybe it’s time to shoot for a 10k PR!
Now I want to hear from you! Answer one or more of the questions by commenting below. I can’t wait to read about your random running facts!
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.***
The Warrior Dash is where it all began.
Prior to last year’s Warrior Dash, I was a mud / obstacle run virgin. Quite honestly I was scared to death of doing it. I even said “This is sooooo NOT my kind of race!” What a difference a year makes! Now I LIVE for these types of events!
The day before the Warrior Dash I woke up feeling excited and my endorphins were already pumping. I could not wait for race day! I may have even been annoyingly perky and overly happy all day. Just ask my co-workers! The morning of this year’s race was much different from the morning of my first Warrior Dash. Gone was the fear and hesitation of competing in such an event. Instead, I felt confident and prepared for the muddy obstacle filled fun ahead!
At this Warrior Dash, I met up with two bad ass girls (Brittany & Jessica) who also happen to be two of my teammates from my Tough Mudder race! Once you run a Tough Mudder with someone you are bonded for life. True story.
Both of the girls had never done a Warrior Dash before. But again, they are Tough Mudder chicks so …….
Once it was time to line up for our wave we decided it would be best to start as close to the front of the pack as possible. Last year I started in the back of my wave and it resulted in a lot of bottlenecking at obstacles. We also decided that we wanted to push ourselves just to see what we could accomplish. With that goal in mind we squeezed our way to the front of the wave and once our race began we sprinted to the first obstacle.
Obstacle #1: Barricade Breakdown - I don’t know what it is about climbing over walls and under barbed wire that does it for me but this is one of my favorite obstacles. They had this last year and there was also something just like it at the Tough Mudder.
Obstacle #2: Capsized Catamaran - I did not do this obstacle. I know, I know….but let me explain. This required you to swim to a barge, hop on the barge, go across the barge, get back off and swim to the other side. I am not a strong swimmer and we were warned very loudly that the water was over 10 feet deep and weak swimmers should not attempt the obstacle. I hate passing up an obstacle. Had this been a Tough Mudder I have no doubt in my mind that someone would have seen my hesitation and would have helped me through it one way or another. Unfortunately the camaraderie that exists in a Tough Mudder race does not exist in the Warrior Dash. I am not knocking the Warrior Dash. They are just very different races. With that in mind I knew that if I could not rely on myself to get across then I should not attempt it. It should also be noted that my time was not any better for going around the obstacle as I waited for Brittany to complete it.
Obstacle #3: Chaotic Crossover – Another repeat from last year. It is a giant cargo net laid horizontally across support beams. Fun!
Obstacle #4: Hard Rain - Sounds harder than it was. Basically it was an elevated platform that you had to climb up while water was being forced upon you. Force may be too strong of a word. That water wasn’t very forceful more like refreshing. At the top of the platform you had to turn around and lower yourself down.
Obstacle #5: Mud Mound – Another newbie! You had to climb up and over huge mounds of mud / dirt that were a tad slippery.
Obstacle #6: Road Rage- An oldie but a goodie. It was like running in a junkyard. Over cars and tires. I was surprised by the number of people who were going AROUND this obstacle. I know it sounds hypocritical, but really…why would you go around this?
Obstacle #7: Great Warrior Wall – I redeemed myself this year on this obstacle. Last year I panicked at the top of it but this year I climbed up and over like a pro. That’s not to say that my fear of heights is cured. I just know I can do it now.
Obstacle #8: Mortimer’s Crossing – Another new one! You had to make your way across a rope bridge. It wasn’t high off the ground at all, so it was easy.
Obstacle #9: The Trenches – This was big trenches in the ground with large logs on top. This was a pretty quick obstacle to get through.
Obstacle #10: Storming Normandy – This was barbed wire that was low to the ground that you had to army crawl through. Hard on the knees but fun.
Obstacle #11: Cargo Climb – Same as last year but it’s definitely one that should stay around. By the time I got to this obstacle my arms were feeling the effects of being abused in ways they aren’t normally. I need to work on my upper body strength. I also still had trouble with turning around at the top of it so I could come down the other side. My height does not work in my favor when it comes to that.
Obstacle #12: Warrior Roast – It wouldn’t be a Warrior Dash without fire jumping. What’s not to love about it!
Obstacle #13: Muddy Mayhem - The very last obstacle is the muddiest of all! One last army crawl under barbed wire in a big pit of mud.
When I crossed the finish line I glanced up at the clock to see how we fared. The clock said 43 minutes and some change. If memory serves correctly it was 43:45. I was pretty pumped about that! Unfortunately, for whatever reason my time and Brittany’s time is not listed on the Warrior Dash results page. I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised about this considering my time last year was listed in the wrong age group – by 60 years!!! But I am still bummed that this year’s was not listed because I would have actually placed 17th or higher in my age group depending on exactly how many second I was over 43 minutes. I don’t normally place that high and I would just like to have it officially recorded somewhere so I can say “Hey, look what I did!!!” I’ll get over it…eventually.
I had a super fun time at the Warrior Dash and you better believe that I will be back for more next year!
And in a few years, perhaps my future Warrior will do one with me!