On Sunday October 9, I completed my first Tough Mudder Half. With the help of my friends I completed 5 miles of muddy terrain and 13 obstacles. It was so much fun. We each had obstacles that pushed our boundaries, but we were there for each other. After it ended we were so cold and we have so many bruises, but it was such a rewarding experience. What I liked about Tough Mudder as a whole is the camaraderie, people would help you if you didn’t know what you were doing and then you would stay and help other people. Nothing was timed and you were totally free to skip any obstacle you didn’t feel comfortable doing. Because of this, we at least tried to do every obstacle. I say try, because I wasn’t able to complete Everest; which is like the Ninja Warrior Ramp, but I did try to do it 3 times to be exact. Each time I would come far enough to touch my teammates hand, but it would slip and I would bruise my left hip area a little more, so after the third time I decided to walk across the obstacle. At that moment I felt so proud of myself, because I had completed everything else and even that obstacle I gave it my best, which is all they ask for.
Afterwards we were starving and had a huge brunch at our nearest IHOP. That Sunday was a rainy , windy Sunday. It would have been easy to be all sucky about it and not have a good time, but that’s not the kind of attitude that we had. I’m sure it wasn’t anybodies attitude that day, everybody was ready to give it their all, to go out and try. You get pushed out o your comfort zone and it really does motivate you to go out and try new things.
Will I be doing a full Tough Mudder any time soon? Probably not. However, I can see how you would get motivated enough to start doing these things every two to three months and just keep going further and further. It’s a pretty cool community. Would I consider doing another Half? Yes, of course.
I think the thing that surprised me the most, is how I felt the days afterward. I felt like I had finished the thing that had motivated me for so long. What do I do now? I guess that’s another reason why I can understand people doing this as a hobby, traveling all over to try the different courses. Still, What do I do now? That’s been the question bugging me and I don’t have an answer.