I did it, yup, I earned my bright orange Tough Mudder head band. One of the happiest moments of my life.
Something I realized is that there’s such a great feeling crossing a finish line. Now I know it may not seem like such an accomplishment. So many people have completed this obstacle course, so it may not seem like such a difficult feat. But it’s so much more than that. Anyone can go through those obstacles (or opt out of them) and finish the 11+ miles. For me, it sort of symbolized how far I’ve come in life. It wasn’t just 11 miles for me. Thinking about even just 6 months ago and then versus now is such a huge difference. My body, my mentality, my strength, everything…I have grown so much. Crossing that finish line was like the icing on my cake.
I made sure I at least attempted every obstacle course; it bothered me that people didn’t even TRY. Sure, there were a bunch I knew I wouldn’t be able to do, but I wouldn’t have felt like I completed the course if I didn’t make an attempt at all of them. Actually, there was one I didn’t think I would be able to do completely – the Island Hopping where you have to get from one tree stump to the next. I did it. Not many people that I saw made it across without slipping into the water, but I did. Very proud moment. Now what if I hadn’t even tried it because I was scared or doubted myself? I wouldn’t have known that I could do it.
Now I know why people enjoy racing and competing so much. There’s such a sense of accomplishment, and not just about training hard for whatever it is you are working on — but more about yourself as a whole.
Here are the pictures my sister and some friends took from the event:
Have you done the Tough Mudder? What do you think of it?