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Anyone done a Tough Mudder?

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Needabitofsunshine Sat 26-Jan-13 08:14:41

I´m doing one in May and was wondering if anyone else had been brave (stupid) enough to try one...?

Worried about the electric shocks and 12 miles...need to work on my pull ups and increase my running distance by a few miles!

kaumana Sun 27-Jan-13 11:36:23

I've just been talking to a friend re doing one in August in Edinburgh.

The electric shock challenge seems interesting to say the least! and I'll have to do some upper body strength training too but am very tempted as it looks like a hoot grin

Needabitofsunshine Sun 27-Jan-13 19:25:00

All signed up for Kettering in May! Husband is doing it too and a few friends, so hoping it will be a wet, cold, sore, muddy way!

ClutchingMyPearls Tue 29-Jan-13 09:32:27

I'm doing it in may too! I'm so nervous!

I did South major series in October last year, doing my second one in march... I'm doing strength training for my upper body now grin

Needabitofsunshine Tue 29-Jan-13 15:40:55

Sure, you´ll be an expert then!

ClutchingMyPearls Tue 29-Jan-13 16:37:16

I'm terrified of the electric shocks..... Why would we do this to ourselves?!

kaumana Tue 29-Jan-13 17:19:52

I got a new gym programme last night done with the Tough Mudder in mind. Lots of upper body work, pull ups and some thing that looks like a log that you shift from shoulder to shoulder. I am very sore today..

TheFallenNinja Wed 06-Feb-13 21:20:00

I did the may one last year. It was awesome. I'm doing the may one this year also. It will be awesome. smile

Needabitofsunshine Fri 15-Feb-13 16:37:35

Well, pleased to report that I can run 10 miles, in fact once I got into my groove I could even have carried on!?! Have always known my running demons have been mental not physical... Did just over 8 miles this week too and it felt good, so can I dare hope that I´ve finally found my running mojo?

Any tips FallenNinja? What training do you think helped you most? I´m quite looking forward to it (in a slightly scared sort of way...), should be a right laugh!

TheFallenNinja Tue 19-Feb-13 11:47:57

I didn't do much different than lots and lots of miles to prepare really, some press ups / crunches to give me a chance on the couple of obstacles that needed upper body strength.

Apart form that it is a brilliant day out.

Wear your headband with pride smile

shanghaismog Mon 25-Feb-13 20:48:49

Quick question about the course? Is it hilly? It´s really flat here (as in zero hills) so am hoping it´s not!

shanghaismog Mon 25-Feb-13 20:50:14

oops, it´s me needabitofsunshine...

ClutchingMyPearls Wed 20-Mar-13 21:17:40

Hello hello....just wondering what with 6 weeks to go....what are you all doing to prepare? This is my first one and I'm nervous. I can't do pull ups no matter hard I try and I know you need to do those monkey bar things.....

Also I think there are hills. Website alludes to it anyway

TheFallenNinja Sat 23-Mar-13 23:27:59

Not majorly hilly they found a few inclines last year but overall it was pretty even.

I've got last years course map if anyones interested

CooEeeEldridge Sat 23-Mar-13 23:40:31

Argh! It's late, I'll come back to this tomorrow. Haven't done one but doing dirty rat race at burghley in may- maybe we can motivate each other?? I'll be back tomorrow!!!

TheFallenNinja Sat 23-Mar-13 23:48:28

Clutching, dont worry too much about full pull ups, try just hanging, get some strength into your hands.

CooEeeEldridge Sun 24-Mar-13 16:03:51

Hi clutching! Are you doing the same one as the op?? I'm doing the dirty rat race half mucker. Have you done any other events? I haven't!

My training generally contains me panicking lots! I'm sort of following this training plan . I do a lot of gym classes anyway but I'm trying to do cx worx, pump and hit classes whenever I can as well as attack / combat / boot camp. I always do at least a double class so I know I can 'go' for 2+ hours. My big concern is that I'm behind on the running, the most I've done recently is 10 miles at the mo, but im confident I can do more. I also can't do pull ups! I think I'll manage a few monkey bars (I think if we come off its swimming!), and I'm off to the park next weekend to embarrass myself! I'm also shitting it on ropes, I simply CANNOT climb one, I'm not sure if this is generally in them or not though??

Ninja - had you done other running events? I've never done anything before and not sure if am a bit naive about it all??

TheFallenNinja Sun 24-Mar-13 21:42:11


I've Donna few similar things (I was in the Army for 6 years) and whist this is tough, it's also great fun. It's more about the personal challenge really. I went with a mate last year who had never ran and he got round no problem. We worked as a team and had a good laugh. You'll be fine.

CooEeeEldridge Mon 25-Mar-13 10:49:31

Thank you for replying Ninja. I think I'll really enjoy it, what's frightened me is people at the gym recoiling in horror at me saying I'm doing it!

TheFallenNinja Mon 25-Mar-13 12:21:33

Are you in with a team?

CooEeeEldridge Mon 25-Mar-13 12:53:30

Hopefully boyfriend is doing it too, so we should be able to motivate / help each other. Although we are horribly competitive normally, but I think the size of the challenge will make us stick together!

ClutchingMyPearls Fri 29-Mar-13 16:47:22

Hello ninja and cooee. I'm in a team called muddlers union for crazies! Which I think you can look up on the website?

You are doing more than I am, been a bit under the weather so haven't got out much recently to run. I've done 2 Major series so I'm hopeful they will help me!

Thanks for the "hanging" tip Ninja that is very helpful.

Yep think me and the OP must be on the same one, 4th may. 5 weeks. Shitting myself quite frankly I need to up my running!

shanghaismog Mon 01-Apr-13 18:33:33

Not long now!!! I've been running quite a bit over the last couple of weeks. Will be tough but can do 16km without any major problems. Just feel like an old woman in need if a hip replacement for the next 2 days... Can't wait to go back to my nice easy 8-10kms! Glad to hear it's pretty flat, as I've been on hills during holiday this week and they've been really tough!

Our team is dropping like flies, so may well end up being just myself and DH. In a twisted way I'm quite excited about it, we're just in it for a bit of a challenge. Definitely scared about the electric shock nonsense!

Wonder what the weather will be like? What are you guys planning to wear? I reckon 3/4 running tights (to cover knees), vest too if warm ANC long sleeve if not. Would rather cover elbows but I run hot during exercise...although the arctic enema should put paid to that!

Anyone hanging around for the after party? We're not sure yet...might be fun to have a beer and compare stories?

ClutchingMyPearls Wed 03-Apr-13 21:05:28

I'm so not prepared for this..... I haven't done any big runs for so long I haven't got the childcare! Oh we'll my teams mates can just push me along they are all training with 13 mile runs at the moment!!

I'm probably wearing full length running tights and my usual white vest. Not concerned about elbows, mine took a huge bashing in the Major Series the other week so they are hard now! I'm getting a head band of some sort as my hair always flicks in my face.

Not sure I'm staying for the party....I've got one night of babysitting from my mum and its a 2.5 hour drive away so don't know yet whether to go up early on the day or have a lay in in a hotel on the morning....hmmmm.

Swallowedbyasnake Wed 03-Apr-13 21:19:52

I did one last year, it was amazing! Afterwards you feel like you can do anything and looking back especially at bits like artic enema I find it hard to believe I did do it! My training mainly involved running and I think I did too much of this and not enough strength. It's not like a half marathon there are lots of stops while you wait to get on the obstacles and bits where the mud is so thick that it is physically impossible to run. Especially good to do it in costume!

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