I recently participated in an obstacle course called ‘Tough Mudder’. It was something I would have never had the guts to do it. One day after my workout class, I was talking to a fitness mate and when she mentioned about Tough Mudder and I happened to peruse Tough Mudder website that weekend, it got me excited and then we both got excited with each other’s energy and enthusiasm, and then we decided to join and then we decided to bring our family into it and our fitness instructor and basically, nobody had the gall to stop the process and there we went, to a faraway place, where we can never return (seems so dramatic).
Anyways I am writing about my experience after partaking Tough Mudder so that means I am still alive! (Haha) For some people, it may be a piece of cake, but for me, it was a definite challenge. Especially, at that time, I was sick with cold, too.
Here are my #myfirsts!
When I perused the Tough Mudder website, it stated it was going to be around 10-12 mile obstacle course with lots of mud involved (hence ‘mudder’). According to the website, it stated “… mud run events designed by British Special Forces to challenge the toughest of the tough”.
That sounds tough, huh, designed by the Special Forces! For more information, check out the Tough Mudder website and Youtube videos!
However, I do have to note that I did the Tough Mudder Half which is half the distance and the obstacles which were 5 mile with 13 obstacle course. When I purchased the ticket, I wasn’t even sure what the difference was but I thought Half would be easier for newbies like us (we all were), so I went with that.
I was half excited, nervous and amused at the decision that I made but at the end, I am glad, I made the decision to challenge myself and to try new things I have never tried before so I will pet myself in the shoulder.
First, I had to purchase the ticket, so when I went to the Tough Mudder website, the date was only 1.5 months away from the actual event which was held on June 17. At that time, the price ranged from $140-180 (everything is in CAD as I live in Canada ;))! When I checked on the website few weeks before the event, the price went up to 200 bucks but then when it closer to the date, it went down to 130? The price seemed to fluctuate a lot and I noticed lots of discount ads were following me around as I surfed around websites.
I finally purchased the tickets on Groupon, because luckily, it happened to be there. I bought the tickets around 70 bucks!! It was a great deal, so I told the rest of the teammates to get them and we all did. I highly recommend looking through your local Groupon site before purchasing tickets!
Now, you can go solo or pick your own teammates or find teammates once you get to the event. I picked my own teammates and it was a bit tricky because you have to create your team from this other site. It was confusing at first but the Tough Mudder customer service was quite prompt with their replies, so we figured it out. Also, on the website, it said to be sure to create a team name and a team 2 weeks before the event so we all can start at the same time. However, we didn’t and it wasn’t a big deal because once we got to the event, they all just gave us the same time to start.
Tough Mudder has a how to train guide on their website according to their full, half version or the types of obstacles so be sure to check them out! My sister and I followed the 3 months training, although we started 1.5 months before, so we rushed the workouts to fit our schedule. Mind you, I was still sick with a cold.
4. What to eat during training
I didn’t follow any specific diet as I did purchase the ticket 1.5 months prior to the event. I just ate how I usually did. Trying to eat healthily, but still indulging on sweets and sugar. On the day of, my sister and I had grains and cereal and a fruit
5. What to bring (foodwise)
I brought a bunch of granola bars but I didn’t end up eating them. I felt nauseated while driving to the event because I had this strong cough suppressant drink from Korea. I did have some fruit which my fellow teammate brought.
During the event, there was a stand where they handed out waters, and bananas so don’t think of bringing anything while you run, unless you want to carry a huge backpack and don’t mind everything being dipped in mud! We read somewhere to bring lots of water and so we brought like 8 liters of water, but we only ended up drinking 2 liters of it.
After the event, we were all hungry but instead of eating our granola bars, we went to a restaurant and ate ( I couldn’t even taste the food because of my cold ><, and the server was so rude!)
With the ticket, you get a beer at the end, but you get a can of beer and the one we got had apple flavour, and it was super cold because we were drenched with sweat, mud, and water, we didn’t even finish the beer.
6. What to wear/ What to bring (clothing wise)
It really depends on the weather and where you would be doing the course. If you were running on a desert in hot summer days such as July and August, you would be wearing something different to mine. For us, it was in June, and the event was held in Whistler, a ski resort during winter times. When we weren’t drenched in mud and water, the weather would have been perfect. Cloudy with few beams of sunlight peeking through the clouds guiding us through the rocky, muddy dirt roads. I wore a long sleeve (don’t even know what material was), and a t shirt (100% cotton) and workout pants with mesh on the side.
At the end of the course, I had a mosquito bite on my leg, due to the mesh, a cut on my palm, and I thought I was going to get hypothermia because my lips and my body was shivering to bits.
At the end, I would recommend wearing a love sleeve dry fit shirt that cools and heats your body (apparently there is a shirt like that!), workout pants, and a pair of runners that you can throw away at the end. The clothes can be easily washed (we washed in the water after few hours when we got home and it washed nicely). The only thing we left was our beloved runners. They were old but still had enough traction to carry my body throughout the course. I should have taken a picture to say adieu, but I forgot. Thank you to my runners!
I would also recommend bringing a pair of goggles (for water dipping) and a pair of gloves for climbing etc.
You can also consider wearing a costume or themed wear with your teammates, but for costume wearers, do be mindful of them possibly chafing against your body and being uncomfortable during the course. Other than that, you would look super cute!! 🙂
Also, bring a towel and a change of clothes than you can change into afterward! There is running makeshift public shower to clean yourself, but it was super cold, and I was already freezing, so I just patted myself dry with the towel and it was fine. We even brought garbage bags in case for the car, but we didn’t even need them.
7. What to wear (make up wise)
For those of you who need a face mask (aka me), listen up! You don’t need much unless you are going there to meet someone and to hook up, specifically! Other than that, you need a waterproof and smudge-proof makeup and a whole lot of don’t care how I look mantra! At the end, your face will be covered in dirt, and sweat and a whole lot of whoooo I did it smile on your face. I had my eyebrows (Clio Tatto eyebrows) which were supposed to tint your eyebrows, but it actually doesn’t and I only like the eyebrow mascara part, and eyeliner (Bobbi Brown in Long Wear Gel Eyeliner (in Expresso) which I actually like, and they all generally stayed on. After the course, I walked around in this face in the mall, and people were looking at me raising their eyebrows, but I was so proud of my face and myself in general.
At the end of the course, you can probably tell, but we were all so proud of ourselves, of what we had accomplished. If I wasn’t planning to become pregnant, I would have pre-paid for next year’s Tough Mudder Full! There was a period of time where we could have gotten cheaper tickets if we booked ahead, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to be, I did not get them. I was really interested in even thinking of becoming a Special Agent but you have to train when you are like 16 years old. Haha.
Anyways, this was my first experience with Tough Mudder and hope you can partake in this awesome, yet brutal course where you can seriously challenge your body and your mind and to make some great memories with your friends and your loved ones!
Overall: Highly recommend! 🙂
Also, I found a great article online and I would highly recommend on checking this post before your partake in Tough Mudder. Enjoy!
What tough challenges have you participated recently? #myfirsts
Thanks for reading!
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