The Tough Mudder was amazing.
And now, 4 days later, I'm finally at a place where I can organize my thoughts enough to write about it. Plus, my muscles have loosened up enough that I can type. (Nope, not kidding about that one.) Confession - when I first finished, all I thought was THAT WAS AWESOME. Then when I had time to rest, I thought about how sore I was. Finally, I had a lot of random thoughts over the past few days and the only way it made sense was to break it down in segments. Feel free to read it all or just jump to whatever interests you!
Day Before TM
I decided to go easy on the workout for a few reasons. It seems like most serious athletes give themselves a break before an event. I had been crazy busy earlier in the week so I needed to do some school work. And I didn't want to risk hurting myself in a ridiculously ironic way - stepping off the curb wrong during a 1-mile jog before the Tough Mudder, or something equally embarassing. I took a Pure Barre class in the morning and then relaxed with my Med-Surg book all afternoon. That evening, B and I took it easy and did the typical thing before a big race - carb loading! We both had huge bowls of pasta from Lasagna House before climbing into bed relatively early.
Day of TM
B refused to eat beforehand but I knew I'd need some fuel to survive the Tough Mudder. I tried to hit all the major food groups - fruit, carbs, protein, Spark, chia seeds. And I think it served me pretty well. Thanks for all the pre-race fuel tips a few weeks back!
We also had a bag packed and ready to go so that when our friend Aaron arrived, we could leave. Our start time was 12:20 but experienced Tough Mudders recommended we get there around an hour early. Apparently, Tough Mudder races are notorious for having parking that is pretty far from the race site. Thankfully, our parking situation was fine but the extra time was nice to allow us to get our race packets, check our bags, use the bathroom, and write on our race numbers. We also had shirts made for our team and my brother-in-law was bringing those so we all had time to change once he arrived.
I HIGHLY recommend packing a bag for after the race because you will be a muddy, sweaty, delirious mess afterwards! Here's what was in our bag:
|Tough Mudder survival kit: change of clothes, flips flops, sunscreen, face wipes, baby wipes|
|gorgeous day for a Tough Mudder!|
|Aaron and B, before the race|
|fueling up with a vanilla waffle from Honey Stinger - SO GOOD|
|saw these Tough Mudders while we were waiting to start and thought they were near the end of the course... I would soon find out that I was very wrong|
|just needed my shirt and I was ready to go! note: I did not wear the sunglasses on the course - they definitely would have broken.|
|just one of many costumed Tough Mudders|
|two of my awesome teammates, pre-race|
|the Rockets, ready to get our Tough Mudder on!|