I’m a Bad Mudder (Shut Yo’ Mouth!)

I’m taking a quick break from food and paleo-related posts to make an announcement of seemingly un-epic proportion, but one that I feel is epic for me:

You may have noticed a new item in my blog’s sidebar (and, if not, check it out)… I’m officially registered to do the Boston-area Tough Mudder! A former college classmate of mine shared a link on Facebook for it, saying she’s formed a team and is looking for anyone interested in joining them. I haven’t seen this girl in ages, and I wouldn’t blame her for forgetting who I am, but I’d wanted to do this race ever since I completed the Cincinnati Muidathlon last summer.

The Mudathlon was a ton of fun (even though I got a foot-long cut on my back from barbed wire!), but I did it alone. Also, I didn’t really work on any strength-training, so when it came to the monkey bars, climbing over 7-foot tall walls, and anything else involving upper body strength, I was pretty much screwed.

With nine months ahead of me, I have more than enough time to prepare for this… I hope! Even so, I’m pretty terrified! The difference between the Mudathlon and the Tough Mudder are few, but great: Mudathlon was about 3 miles while the Tough Mudder can be anywhere from 10-13 miles; the Mudathlon obstacles are a challenge but not that hard, while the Tough Mudder obstacles are plentiful, designed by folks in the British Armed Forces (so I’ve been told), and are bit more intense (see here, here and here).

So, I have some strength-training I need to do. My teammates are mostly Crossfit-ers, which is intimidating, but they swear they won’t leave me behind on race day! I still want to prove it to myself that I can at least do one or two monkey bars! Time to get back to BodyRock.TV!

This race isn’t just about being a glorious badass; proceeds go to a good cause. If you’d like, please help out my team by donating to the Wounded Warrior program! Here’s their pledge, to show that they are seriously legit:

To support the needs of injured service men and women, Tough Mudder offers special discounts to participants who raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project. The Wounded Warrior Project hopes to achieve the following: 1) To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. 2) To help injured service members aid and assist each other. 3) To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Expect updates on my training during the next 9 months!