What is Tough Mudder?
“Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. With no podiums, winners, or clocks to race against, it’s not about how fast you can cross the finish line. Rather, it’s a challenge that emphasizes teamwork, camaraderie, and accomplishing something almost as tough as you are.”
As some of you may know I took part in the infamous obstacle course called Tough Mudder! As you can tell from the name it definitely involves a lot of mud and water based obstacles, from ice baths (Arctic Enema) to rope swings suspended over a pool of water (King of the Swingers). The course itself reminds me of ‘Takeshi Castle’ which I always wanted to be part of, so Tough Mudder was a no brainer lool!
Tough Mudder is a global brand that takes you to your mental and physical limit. I ran the London West course for 2016, and I must say the experience was something. I have to say it was my ego and my hunger to challenge myself to different levels is what made me complete it. Telling myself how I came all that way to not finish will make me an idiot 😂😂😂😂 but I made it.
I’ve always wanted to take part but had no one to complete it with. Last year I vowed to myself to take part, last year October to be exact but was put off as I had no one ready to sign up with me. Chances of me running Tough Mudder was next to nothing until early April, when a friend of mine from uni tweeted that she was going. I instantly signed up lol! Signing up was one thing, training a whole different story.
Having watched obstacle videos on YouTube I was excited but really was not sure what to expect. Based on what I had read on the training section on Tough Mudder, my training from this point had to be based on body weight exercises.
This change in my training regime was exciting but anyone that knows me knows I love the pump from lifting heavy weights lol! I worked on high intensity (sprints and plyometrics) circuits and low intensity workouts like swimming as form of cardio. In terms of strength training, I did body weight exercises as mentioned before. These included static holds, pull up training, push ups, jump squats and jump lunges. There were definitely days that I was not in the mood or ready to train, but I wanted to be as prepared as I could for race day. Luckily the Tough Mudder website gives you a training template to follow and in addition to this, they have Tough Maker classes within the Virgin Active clubs in preparation for the big day.
D.Day! The day finally came! The countdown was finally over! Waking up on race morning was as exciting as i was as a child ready to open their Christmas presents! I literally had butterflies anxious about what was to come but excited and wanted to get it over and done with!
Upon arrival, we signed in, got our runner numbers and got our faces marked 😁. We then proceeded to the pre start area where we warmed up with fellow mudders before proceeding to the start line. We were them given a rundown and more pep talks before beginning as well as reciting the Tough Mudder pledge.
The obstacles were military style, we conquered the first few with ease as we helped each other over the tall walls, then the hills began. One thing I can say I did not know I would be running almost a mile between each obstacle at very high inclines. There were 26 in total and I completed all but King of the swingers as I am too short 😅 didn’t want to drown Loool!
The course itself was a lot of fun! Formed great binds with the group I ran with and also with strangers. My favourite obstacles were the Blockness Monster, and Everest 2.0.
The Mudder volunteers are also amazing, encouraging you at every point of the course, once you run it you’ll understand that even a simple handshake will help motivate you! At the finish line, you are crowned with a Mudder headband, your finishers tee, a bottle of cider and a sweet treat!
For a look at the official obstacles of 2016 : Mudder Obstacles
Would I recommend it?
Yes! I believe Tough Mudder is a great event for all, mentally and physically, irregardless of your fitness level! When I say everyone that includes children who take part in the Mini Mudder! I would definitely recommend completing the course with a group of friends or colleagues! It’s great fun and I hope to take part in another Mudder soon, I miss the adrenaline rush loool.
The more Mudders you complete, the higher you rank on the elite group of ‘Legionnaires’ some of which have completed over 50 Mudder events, unlocking customised obstacles along the course!
For those daring enough, there is the ultimate Mudder experience ‘Worlds Toughest Mudder’ to find the worlds toughest Mudder where participants see how many times they can complete a 5 mile course in 24 hours!
Prices start from £99, but if you volunteer at a Mudder Event you can get a subsidised price for your time 🙂
Find the nearest Tough Mudder to you: Tough Mudder Events
For general information on Tough Mudder: Website
Finishing the course gave me a new zeal for fitness, I returned to the gym pushing myself harder, with my souvenir; the Mudder tee on my back, I could hold my head up high and say, ‘I did that’.
Are you up for the challenge? Go for it, I dare you 😆
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me; or if you want to join me on my next Mudder mission!