I did my first fitness fundraising event last December, The Santa Run. I’ve never really taken to running but, by signing up to a challenge and committing to a fund raising goal for charity, I was motivated to train and complete the event! In my March newsletter I put together a list of fitness challenges and events coming up throughout this year. I know they work (even just a wee 5k fun run) but it never hurts to hear more inspiring stories from people that have completed these challenges or are in training for an event this year. I asked for others to come forward with their stories and as usual, Edinburgh folk didn’t disappoint! I found it a challenge to do one event last year; our Guest Blogger, Kylie challenged herself to 12!! You can read about all her challenges over at her blog, A Consequential Adventure, but here’s her story of one of her favourite events from 2014, The Tough Mudder. . . .
”In January 2014 I decided to make that year a little more interesting by setting myself twelve challenges (one a month) to complete throughout the year. Challenge number six was to take part in Tough Mudder. I loved the experience so much that I’m doing it again this year. Clearly I’m a glutton for punishment.
My blog is a mixture of fitness challenges and navel gazing ramblings. You get the general gist of the shenanigans that go on over there in this post so if you like this one then pop over and have a browse through the rest of the challenges.”
I signed up for Tough Mudder in January, on a whim and without really considering my ability to get over any of the obstacles. Since January a lot of my time has been taken up with
sleeping and watching tv training for the Triathlon and so any strength training or distance running which might have helped me with Tough Mudder was pretty much ignored until the last three weeks at which point extreme panic set in and I desperately tried to gain some strength in my scrawny little arms.I was feeling quite positive about my ‘gains’, easily cracking out twenty push ups at a time until a random man at the gym informed me that my form was wrong. Once corrected, I managed one push up before collapsing face first on the floor. The running part of my training was equally as useless with the furthest distance I’d attempted before this challenge still firmly set at 10k.It’s safe to say, therefore, that I was not as prepared as I could have been for this challenge but regardless of that, my friend Caitlin and I travelled to Dalkeith Country Park yesterday, got ready and made our way to the start line. We were off on our way around a 12 mile assault course before I even had time to say,
‘hmm think my ankle’s playing up. Probably best if I just sit this one out’.
There were 24 obstacles (you can see the course map here) so it would be a fairly long blog post if I were to write about all of them. Instead I’ll just tell you that most of them involved crawling through mud, wading across rivers or climbing over things (bales and walls mainly). Below is a summary of the most difficult obstacles and also a couple of my favourites.