I felt like I slept in the washing machine, but who knew Obstacle Course Races could be so much fun?!? I certainly didn’t.
12+ miles, mud, freezing water, 26 obstacles, more mud, electric shocks, electricity and mud combined. It all sounded like a *really* hard way to not even run a half marathon. But it was loads of fun. Running in a team was part of it, but also the camaraderie with other runners at each obstacle. Being helped and helping others through/under/over obstacles comes with a gift and receipt of kudos that you don’t get in road races.
I’ll certainly be looking to enter tough Mudder again next year. Maybe with a double Mudd challenge – two times around the course in a day. Marathon distance obstacle course, sounds doable, right? Or idiotic…
That is the question…
Well, ‘was’ the question when I was asked last week to fill in for a friend who had suddenly been sent on a work trip to China. Despite having not trained specifically for it, and only having two weeks notice, I chose to Mudd. I mean, why not?
I figure I’ve got enough residual fitness from my ultra and my return to base running, plus some upper body strength from pushups, pullups and burpees to get me through 12miles of obstacle course race. He says without actually having done an OCR before, let alone a Tough Mudder which is almost half-marathon in distance…
I may well end up eating my words alongside all the mud I’ll be ingesting come this Saturday, but hey, you don’t know what you can do unless you try, right?!?
Anyone got any tips for an OCR newbie?
Happy running everyone!
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