The day finally came...9 months after signing up, the day of TOUGH MUDDER! *dun dun dun
Nothing, I don't think, could have prepared me for this:
For those who may not be familiar with Tough Mudder, it is a 12 miles/ half marathon endurance obstacle course. They have courses all for the world, I did the one in Edinburgh in the middle of August this year. ^^ YEaH!
On the day, I was feeling so nervous but also pretty excited too! Some photos were uploaded on Facebook the night before so we could have a little teaser into what to expect. When I looked at the photos, I thought, 'You know, it doesn't look tooo muddy...' Boy was I proven wrong!
I think the great thing about these kind of endurance courses are that you really get to test yourself in more ways than one, physically and mentally. I really appreciated how Tough Mudder emphasised how this wasn't a race and how you just aimed to finish the course!
Teams were released in batches, our team was near the end of the day which probably wasn't the best since the course would be more muddy. We thought that the ice tub we would enter therefore wouldn't be so cold though. (as it would warm up during the day) We didn't expect them to constantly put more ice in. #thatescalatedquickly
**Warning; Be prepared to see many highly unphotogenic and slightly disturbing photos below. I have a nickname in my family; 'Di Fan Shu' ie. Big Sweet Potato, it means I'm extremely clumsy. This was successfully demonstrated as shown below in the upcoming photos. ENJOY**
Before even getting to the start line, you had to cross this tall wooden wall. This is me going over it gracefully....
At the starting line, a large guy stood up and gave a highly motivational speech. Everyone had to go down on knee to say a vow, one hand on the heart, that they would help anyone out in trouble sacrificing their time, try their best and ultimately just have a blast. The spirit was amazing, it got everyone pumped and eager to get started.
The first official obstacle was the 'Kiss of Mud.' ie. crawling under barbed wire with spectators looking down in pity whilst taking photos. It was a nice warm up to the start of the course, not too difficult! My bum did get stuck a few times though. Hahah #datbooty
Kiss of Mud
The hardest part of the whole course for me was the running, lots of uphill running on unbalanced terrain. When I finally hit the sign for 1 mile, I think I let out a small cry at the prospect that there was 11 more to go! What was nice though was that there was loads of motivational signboards up encouraging you throughout the course!
I got informed by friends that had done it before that 'Arctic Enema' was the worst obstacle. (where you jump into an ice tub) However, it really wasn't that bad. Sure, you got brain freeze and your leg may become so numb you have issues getting out (totally sympathised for Jack from Titanic at that moment), but recovering from it is pretty speedy! You get pretty warm from running. ^^
Shortly before falling in... I'll just be honest. ;P
Everest; a steep ramp you had to get up!
We did it!! Top right is a photo of some of the trainers which people donated after the course!
All in all, the whole thing was difficult but so rewarding. The obstacles were so much fun. (Maybe except for the electrocution which felt like I really big punch. When you flinched, you would consequently hit another wire. #fail) You got pushed to your limit and even if you were stuck at any obstacle, there would be someone right on hand to help you out! Highly recommend it to someone who wants a challenge! :P
My leg the next day... didn't know if my body was suffering from muscle ache or bruising pain!
My mum rubbed some Chinese oil to try and soothe the bruises the next night. Oh my goodness, I thought my body was already sore until she starting rubbing. I think she got some sort of evil satisfaction from doing it. 'My daughter, I don't know why she likes doing these kind of things, not like a normal girl.'
Not like a 'normal girl' ;)
Tough Mudder DONE! Yay, what next? ;)