Monday, September 16, 2013

Tough Mudder

I was super nervous about this race... 11 miles plus obstacles. Scary obstacles, like jumping off a high platform, being submerged in ice cold water, get electrocuted in two separate obstacles, climbing, and lots of crawling.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous. I was afraid it was going to be a bit chilly (esp. to get into freezing water), but it was perfect.

Before photo.
We started in the 9:20 am wave and to even get to the start line, they make you climb over a wall. It was not easy, so it sort of set the tone for the rest of the day.

Ummm, not sure about this.
The first mile was pure running. I enjoyed the warm up because it eased my nerves. Then we started to play in the mud.

Having fun in the mud.
I most feared the "Walk the Plank" obstacle. I have a fear of heights and jumping into murky water. I hesitated for a good 10 seconds, and after the volunteer told me he'd push me off if I didn't jump, I went for it. My heart was pounding when I got out of the water.

Everyone was telling me I could do it.

Other obstacles that I feared was getting shocked. It hurt, but it was bearable. I feared "Everest", but I made it up on the first try. The only obstacle that I didn't even attempt was "Berlin". It's just a really tall wall that you have to climb over. You definitely need help to get over it, but it looked like it just hurt. Plus, the last thing that I want to do is sprain an ankle. There were two walls, and Josh climbed both. He said it sucked, so I'm glad I skipped it. The "Arctic Enema" was probably one of my favorites. The pain was so deep, but it just felt good for some odd reason.

Team Pawlak at the Finish!
We earned our Tough Mudder headband and finished in 3 hours 45 minutes or so. Two days later, I am still majorly sore. It was a blast though and such an amazing challenge.

After mudder, we attended a friend's wedding and spent most of the night dancing. I made sure to sport my new headband :).


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