Tough Mudder RAAAAAAAR!!!
*Originally posted May 1, 2016
Saturday there was no Bikram Yoga. “But Abigoliah, you said you were going to do a 30 Day Challenge!” Yes I said that, and indeed, I promise I am doing just the challenge. But, according to the Code of the Brethren, set down by the pirates Morgan and Bartholomew, one is allowed to miss two days of their 30 Day Challenge so long as they make up those classes by doing a double on another day. So later on in the month I will take two Bikram classes in one day to make up for the loss this weekend.
I knew when I started this challenge that I wouldn’t be doing Bikram Yoga today because I had already scheduled in a Tough Mudder with my boyfriend. Some couples go out on Saturday nights. Some couples take beach vacations. Tom and I have accidentally became a couple that does Tough Mudders together. Yes, as I type this even I throw up in my mouth just a bit because of the adorableness of it all. A Tough Mudder is a 10-13 mile obstacle course running through the country side. The obstacles include things like scaling high walls, jumping into then swimming across a skip filled with ice, and jumping to grab a bar that swings you out over water to try and hit a cowbell then falling into said water and swimming to shore. You get cold you get wet and you get very, muddy. After the running the course Tom and I came back to London and had a few drinks with his Aunt and Uncle who asked us, “Why would you do something like that?” Maybe due to exhaustion we both had a hard time answering the question. “Um…because it’s fun? For health? Bragging rights?” They asked us if we paid to enter the race and indeed you do and it’s not cheap. Not counting camping or food the entry fee can be anywhere from £99-£145 depending on when you sign up. Once finding that out Tom’s uncle jokingly offered, “We have a small pond out back, if you want to give me £10 I’ll let you jump in that.” The offer was tempting.
This was Tom and my second Tough Mudder. We had run one last September with some friends and signed up for a second one shortly after. A word of warning if you start running races, be it Tough Mudders, Marathons, Half-Marathons, or 5Ks directly afterwards you will feel such a since of accomplishment you will immediately sign up for another one thinking it’ll be better because you’ll train harder. Then when it rolls around you’ll dread it because you didn’t train nearly as much as you thought you would. You run the race, the since of accomplishment returns and the whole cycle repeats it’s self. That’s how they hook you in. People don’t run races because they like them, it’s an addiction. I look at races like some people look at smoking I should quit, but they’re so nice when I’m doing them and more importantly they make me look cool.
Since my yogaless day was filled with a 11.5 run and with scaling walls, I feel like I did get my daily dose of fitness. Though, to be honest I wish I had trained harder so I could have completed more obstacles. If you want to hear all the gory details about the Tough Mudder go to my podcast Namaste Bitches either on iTunes or GateCrash Network. The most recent episode Tom and I rehash the event and talk about what we’d do different next time. Also, we offer training advice to anyone thinking about doing it. It’s good advice! I mean, I think it’s good advice. Lord knows, I didn’t do any of it.