UPDATE (got a little introspective after I published this the first time):
I'm starting to feel a little bit like I'm in Fight Club. I've run into a few coworkers who have similar bruises and faint outlines of numbers on their foreheads and legs, and the response is always the same...a quick double take then a "wait...did you do Tough Mudder this weekend? Holy crap, so did I!" And then an hour or so reliving the experience with someone for whom you have a whole new respect, knowing they put themselves through the same hell you did. It's the mud that binds us, if you will. Anyone who walks in on the conversation responds with a vague "oh that's cool..." or "wait...why would you do that??" but without experiencing Tough Mudder, you simply...don't get it.
I've been looking for other races/runs to do that would come close to what TM was, and nothing seems good enough. Too short, not enough obstacles, on flat roads, allow entrants under 18 (a sure sign that the course is meh...sorry Spartan)...and yet, the next VT TM is almost 14 months from now, and who knows where I'll be then?
Also, other coworkers have asked about doing TM and whether they should go the full Mudder or try something else "to see if they like it" first. I have a hard time with that...maybe it's elitist or something, I don't know, but I figure...if there's any doubt in your soul, you should not be doing Mudder as your first mud run. But then again, I've always been a "go big or go home" kind of girl, so maybe that's just me.
Holy moley you guys, today hurts. I'm actually using my arms to get myself out of my chair to walk to the kitchen. No bueno.
That said, I wanna do it again. I'm so hooked, and I can't wait until Tough Mudder comes back to town next year. I also just found out that a coworker ran it on Saturday, so I'm trying to convince him to run the one in NJ in November. We'll see how that goes.
Until then, a few notes on the obstacles.
1. Braveheart Charge
2. Death March
3. The Killa Gorilla
4. Devil's Beard
5. Boa Constrictor
6. Tired Yet?
7. Tree Hugger
8. Ball Shrinker
The first of the water obstacles...all I can say is misery. The water was <40* and they had a snow making machine blowing on us for over half the way. In the description they make it sound like there was a choice about going in the water...there wasn't. The top rope was maybe two feet above the water, which made the whole thing under water up to your neck. One guy fell here, since his hand started cramping up...he didn't look like the kind of guy who screams easily, and I've never heard genuine screams of agony before, so that was a little unsettling. I hope he's ok.
9. Mud Mile
Q: What's blue and smells like red paint?
Answer after the next obstacle.
10. Kiss of Mud
A: blue paint.
11. Hold your Wood
stye in his eye. Ouch. We got to the top of the hill and watched as a guy accidentally dropped his wood, which was a round log. Guess what happens when gravity meets a round log on a steep hill? Near disaster, that's what. In the end, some guy ended up diving in front of the thing to save the village. It was epic and the whole world heard us all yelling about it. Good times.
12. Hey Bales
13. Evil Knevil
14. Spider's Web
15. Mystery Obstacle (Fish n Chips)
16. Walk the Plank
No turning back now...
Scream started here (note open mouth).
Continued, but you can't see my mouth. You can finally see Julie though, who, because she was gracious enough to hold my hand on this one, ended up being blocked by my massive pinkness.
Mouth still open, scream still happening.
Landing gear down, still screaming.
COLD! Quick gasp before we went under!
17. Underwater Tunnels
19. The Gauntlet
20. Cliff hanger
21. Blood Bath
I'm not crying, I had a massive brain freeze from the icy water. Ouch.
22. Funky Monkey
23. Berlin Walls
24. Tower Hurdle
25. Fire Walker
26. Turd's Nest
27. Greased lightening
28. Electroshock Therapy
Julie and I helped this girl get to the last obstacle.
So what happened here is one of these guys (I think the one in blue shorts) came barreling around the corner and WIPED HER OUT. Like, flat on her face, wiped out. So they took over and helped her to the finish while Julie and I tackled the wires on our own.
Overall, I have to say that this is the first run/race/whatever that I really truly regret nothing. I gave it everything I had and then some, but most of all I had FUN. I didn't quit and I didn't let my fears get the best of me.