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July 24, 2013 Fitness ,

Tough Mudder MN 2013

Tough Mudder 2013 team shot

Tough Mudder 2013 team shot
Left to Right: Ethan, Rex, Lukes, me and Drew

On Saturday, Ethan and I participated in our 4th Tough Mudder event. We initially had 10 people signed up on our team, but three people dropped out due to injuries prior to the event, one dropped out because her boyfriend was one of the injured ones and she didn’t want to run it without him, and two of our teammates didn’t show up by our start time, so it was down to four of us: Ethan, Rex, Lukes and me.  One of our teammates, Drew, came along to support us, even though he was unable to participate. Ethan’s parents also came out for the day and got some photos.

The event was a lot of fun. We started at about 10:05 in the morning, and finished at about 1:15pm, so we made pretty good time over the 11 mile course. It was on the same land as last year, but the course was laid out differently. There were plenty of hills, lots of mud, and plenty of other obstacles. This year I can proudly say that I successfully completed all of the obstacles, including Everest and the Funky Monkey. It’s the first time I’ve ever completed the monkey bars without falling in, so I was really happy about that. Monkey bars are so much harder as an adult than they were when I was a kid!

Squirming through mud, under electrified wires

Squirming through mud, under electrified wires

The four of us toughed it out for the entire course, and completed it together. We had no serious injuries, other than some muscle cramps and some scuffs and bruises, but we all came out okay. I have been seriously sore though. I’m still sore, though only barely. Monday was definitely my sorest day, and I’m glad that’s over with. I’m hoping to be normal enough tomorrow to go for a short run and get back into the swing of running regularly. Taking a few days off from running is hard on my mind.

The Finish Line

Just over 3 hours after we began

Ethan and I are already signed up for the Seattle Tough Mudder in October, and I’m looking forward to possibly signing up for more than two next year. I’ll have to convince Ethan that it’s a good idea first.

The more of these events I attend, the more I think I should bring my camera and take lots of event photos. I think I could have a lot of fun doing that.

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