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October 5, 2012 8:59 PM
That's right! I FINISHED what could be the "toughest event on the planet". Little background on the event that is The Mudder: it is an 11-12 mile obstical course designed to test every part of your physical fitness. It is not a race, it is not timed. It is a challenge. The challenge is to get through in one piece. Several of my fellow Mudders "died" on the course. I thought of dying on the course myself, it was HARD HARD HARD. OMG SO HARD!

So we drove down to the middle of freakin' nowhere to do this course. I did it with a team from my gym. I told them beforehand that I was NOT going to be rushed and if they felt the need to, they should go on without me. Yeah, yeah, teamwork and whatnot but part of being a team is knowing when YOU'RE the liability. And, to be frank, I was the liability (to put it in perspective, they finished 2 hours before me).

So, even before you get to the start, you jump a wall. My fat ass needed two of my teamates to push me over. Great start eh? Then, after the start, more walls, 8 feet high. After the walls you plunge yourself into a pool of icewater. Would seem refreshing in 99 degree heat. Yeah, no. I wasn't ready for the shock I felt of my body completely freezing. I needed some cute guy to pull my ass out of the ice water. I couldn't move. After that, it went alllllll downhill... and we weren't even 2 miles into it yet! Then twinkle toes, go over a small ledge. This was okish, almost everyone fell into the water below. Then up a mud hill, then the first hill of the day. I told my team to leave me. The "team leader" and owner of my gym was pissing me off anyway trying to "urge" me to go faster. I told him to suck an egg and let me be. He meant well. Said he felt guilty, I told him not to. I was already set to do this myself. So they went on at mile 3. The next 7 miles of hell was a journey alone. Over hills, across a trench, more hills... and more hills! I developed a system of going up the hills by stopping and resting at each sign. Going over the logs were uneventful and that marked mile 6. I stopped, I rested and prepared for the next 6 miles ahead that I knew were going to be the hardest. Stocked up on some energy sharkies as the rest stop and set my mind to the tasks ahead: more hills!

Then under tunnels, they weren't too bad. Up another hill and at mile 7 I thought I was going to be done. I took a good 15 mins at the next rest stop and really faced my mental grit. Down hill was worse than uphill, believe it or not. I took my time, I did not run this course. I skipped the next obstical: tunnels under hay bales. I'm a bit clostrophobic. Jumped over some hay bales,went through some mud, then across a "tight rope", had to skip the next set of berlin walls, I didn't feel comfortable subjecting people to my weight. Then the 15 foot drop into water and a small swim.

So I started climbing up to the high dive and it happened. The one thing that almost made me "tap out". CHARLIE HORSE! WORST PAIN EVER! Two cute marines (see a trend here?) hauled me up and filled my mouth with salt water as well as stretched my cramp out. I looked up at the dude who told me he was an RN, raised my arms in a cross and said "I'm done, tap me out!" He was like "I don't believe you're done". I was whining. Yeah, I know, kids whine. I was almost in tears. I said "I can't do this". He looked me right in the eyes, pointed to the trail and said "You have 40 mins. Is this your first Tough Mudder? Yes? 40 mins, up that hill or you will regret it the rest of your life. You will be kicking yourself in the ass all the way home. You got this. Do you trust me?" "Hell no I don't trust you". "There's one way down so jump or I will push you."

I backed up, took a running leap and jumped. Screamed all the way down and felt relief in the water. Swam to the edge and slugged up the hill. Skipped the monkey bars and the rings, crawled underneath electrofied wires, up another hill, into a swamp of water, under water tunnels, and up the last hill to the second to last obstical. Couldn't get over everest, which was a half pipe. I tried, I smacked my face right into it. Then slugged through the last of the electric wires. They hurt, I didn't care, finish line in sight. I felt euphoria as I crossed under the finish and was crowned with my own orange headband that signified I am, indeed, one Tough Mudder Smurfer.

And guess what? My team was there waiting for me at the finish.

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Edited by taramaureen On October 5, 2012 9:00 PM
October 5, 2012 9:05 PM
my hats off to you. I do know what it's like to hit the wall and I am so glad you found the strength to finish this. You would have always wondered whether you could have done it, and now you know. You could and you did. Well done!!!
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October 5, 2012 9:12 PM
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my hats off to you. I do know what it's like to hit the wall and I am so glad you found the strength to finish this. You would have always wondered whether you could have done it, and now you know. You could and you did. Well done!!!


Thank you! It was hard, not even going to lie. It was my hardest challenge yet. Harder than my first half marathon, harder than childbirth even. What helped a lot was everyone on the course was encouraging and helpful. There really is a "team" atmosphere going on there.
October 6, 2012 12:29 AM
Respect.
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October 6, 2012 12:34 AM
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Respect.


Ditto. Great story, amazing job!
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October 6, 2012 12:36 AM
Awesome job :)
October 6, 2012 12:39 AM
Well done, you didn't give up and saw it through to the end...I'm proud of you x
October 6, 2012 12:40 AM
You are freakin AMAZING!!! Major congrats to you for sticking it out and conquering something that most people wouldn't even attempt to try!
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October 6, 2012 12:40 AM
I like to think of myself a being in good physical shape because I'm a distance runner but this would actually probably kill me after the first mile!
What a great accomplishment!
October 6, 2012 12:58 AM
Honey, BRAVO!!!! Amazing job! It doesn't matter how you started or the obstacles you had to overcome...YOU FINISHED! And that is more than most people can say. Congratulations! Job WELL done! And kudos to your team for being there when you made it to the end. =-)
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October 6, 2012 1:06 AM
Well done! I hope in a years time I have a similar story to share.
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October 6, 2012 1:12 AM
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Respect.


this.

well freaking done!
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October 6, 2012 6:43 AM
You are one fierce woman! I hope to be able to pull through like you when my time comes. Very inspiring!
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October 6, 2012 6:59 AM
Wow.

Wow wow wow.
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October 6, 2012 7:00 AM
Awesome! I know I don't know you but I'm still proud of you!

I want to do a tough Mudder next year and you have really inspired me!
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October 6, 2012 7:04 AM
Tough mudder is one of my dreams in life. you are such an inspiration. mad respect girlfriend!
October 6, 2012 7:13 AM
This is an AWESOME, inspiring story! Thank you for sharing and congratulations on your amazing accomplishment! No lie, I'm a little teary-eyed reading this. I admire your perseverance! High five!!
October 6, 2012 7:13 AM
Dang... Your story just made my eyes leak.
I'm in awe.
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October 6, 2012 7:14 AM
Wow!!!!!! Awesome!

I had no idea what "Tough Mudder" was so I went and googled it. Holy Cow!!!!!

I agree....Respect I bow down to you!!!!!
Edited by Jade1964 On October 6, 2012 7:14 AM
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October 6, 2012 7:16 AM
I'm proud of you and I don't even know you! Great Job!!! Your story brought tears to my eyes. I really want to do a mudder!
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October 6, 2012 7:18 AM
Great job
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October 6, 2012 7:26 AM
AWESOME!

Now I have to register for a tough mudder.
October 6, 2012 7:39 AM
RESPECT


Wow, thank you for sharing your story. How inspiring! You are amazing and I am proud of you for accomplishing this goal of yours.
October 6, 2012 9:55 AM
THe one thing that kept going through my mind as I was reading our story was:"SHe is so lucky to have gone through that event" I am jealous. You clearly found out that your limits are much much further than you thought. Very cool. I so hope one of these events will make it to my neck of the world next year here in lovely Ontario (assuming I get in better shape). You are one lucky lady:) Be well.
October 6, 2012 10:54 AM
That's AWESOME!! You are more woman than I! Great job!!
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