My Tough Mudder Approach
If you know me, then you know I love fitness. I can barely make it through a conversation without talking about it (I'm that person. sorry not sorry). I recently ran my first Tough Mudder with my aunt and I wanted to share my approach and how it went.
My Why: For a lot of people, they ask, Why would you do that? Why would you want to run in the mud? Why would you want to pay to do that? Etc. For almost two years now, my stepdad and I have been going to crossfit and we've gotten, well, in shape. To say the least. I figured, since I probably won't be competing in an elite position in crossfit, like, ever... (Heavy barbell isn't my thing.)... I might as well use my "in-shape-ness" for something. For a good cause. For a tough mudder. I registered for the run exactly a month before it. I chose Feed The Children, one of the charity partners and decided to raise $100 and run my first Tough Mudder. (Through a gofundme, I ended up raising $330! Victory!) My aunt, cousin, and cousin's friend jumped in on it too.
Before The Run:
-I continued training crossfit. I did a weekly trail run. With hills. The three days before the run I only did cardio, no weights, so that I wasn't fatigued and could feel fresh going into it.
-I found my outfit: reebok compression capris, wicking socks, my trail running sneakers, my favorite sports bra. Simple.
-I asked my boyfriend "Do you think I'll do well with this?" ... his response: "Lyssa. Just like stupid people graduate from college each year, fat people do tough mudders every year. Yes!" It became my mantra, whenever I felt tired or unprepared, I'd tell myself Fat people finish tough mudders.
-My nervousness peaked about 4 days before my run, I'm not sure what exactly I was nervous for. I just decided it was time to be nervous I guess. I think it was just a totally new game for me. Luckily I had pieces that were familiar. I had run cross country and I had strength from crossfit and I believed they were enough to get me through! (spoiler alert: they were!)
-My aunt, cousin, and cousin's friend built a team and had the same start time.
-I ate lots of carbs the night before my race.
-I drank a gallon of water a day for the 2 days leading up to my race. No cramps for this girl!
Day of the run:
-I woke up and gave myself plenty of time to get ready and drink my usual protein shake.
-My aunt picked me up, and we stopped at wawa to buy even more food... we eat a lot.
-I ate a panini (protein, carbs and fat!) - this was at 10:30am
-11:30am - arrive to our tough mudder and warm up a little
-11:50am - huddle with everyone. lots of HOO-RAH-ing.
-noon - gun goes off, we start our run!
It was awesome! The first obstacle was the muddiest one. We were covered, head to toe in mud. There were partner carries, walls to climb over, barbed wire to crawl under. We laughed our way through it and enjoyed the heck out of it. It took us about 2 hours to complete. I was amazed at the amount of team work it required. There is no way you could complete these obstacles by yourself.
After the run: They gave us our headbands and finisher shirts, and free beer! We were freezing and got changed into clean clothes, but we were still far from clean. I'd recommend not making any plans for the evening or morning after your run. I felt like a traveler who had about 20 hours of jet lag. Just. So. Tired.
I concluded that the run was pretty awesome, and that next time I'll do a full mudder (10 miles) instead of the 5 miler we did. ;) I love the sense of community, the willingness of others to help you, and the charity partners of this run. It's truly about running for those who can't run... about raising money for great causes... about having fun and being together. I love it.