First thing’s first. You sign up. Now what? Well for us (4 girls) we decided that we better start training.
Our Mud Run consisted of 4 Miles and 20 obstacles. So we trained in the gym 2-3 days a week and ran steadily throughout the week and then added a 4 mile run on the weekends. We did this training schedule for about 3 months. Let me just first start off by saying we were still in no way prepared. Did I mention that for all of us this was our F I R S T ever run, of any kind, PERIOD…
So now that we are done and our first run is in the books I have concluded that there are 5 stages to doing any type of run (today was no exception)!
Stage 1- Excited and Nervous Stage
When we all got there and began stretching and realized we were mere minutes away from really doing this run. We all thought we were going to throw up because our stomachs were in knots.
Stage 2- Immediate Regret
The race starts and about .60 miles in we got to our first obstacle, 5 four foot tall hurdles stood in our way. What the hell did we do? Why did we sign up for this? Pure torture already and we were only .60 miles in and 1 obstacle down. Immediate panic set in when I started thinking that there was no way I was going to finish this race. Let me tell you, it didn’t get any better once we got to the 1st mud crawl and it smelled like sewage runoff. I contemplated turning around and walking back to the starting line!
Stage 3- Depression (wishing it was over)
We were all so sore beyond belief. We had completed half of the run and had bruises and rope burn on most of our bodies. We all began to walk a lot more than we were actually running. We wished we could just stop and curl up into a ball and cry!
Stage 4- Relief (it is almost over)
When we rounded the corner and found the water station and the attendant told us we only had about 1 mile left, relief is all we felt. With new found energy, we all started thinking, we could actually finish this thing! We were almost done!
Stage 5- Gerard Butler (let me explain)
We had 2 last obstacles that stood between us and the finish line and we were not going to let anything stop us. We felt like Gerard Butler in 300. I just wanted to yell “This is SPARTA” as I crossed the finish line! We were done, we conquered our demons and now we felt like Gods. We could accomplish anything we put our minds to!
So 4 miles, 20 obstacles (I attempted them all but only completed 16), and 40 burps (10 per obstacle that you didn’t complete) I would happily doing it all again…. After I have rested for a couple of weeks!