Tough Mudder Recap: 2013

Challenges, What we're up to
Or: How many times in 3 1/2 hours can you say, "Holy $#!T" There are a couple of previous posts which refer to the Tough Mudder challenge so I won’t rehash all of that.  Let’s just go with the general description of 12 miles and 25+ obstacles designed by British special forces.  After having mentioned signing up for this event a few months ago I’ve often been asked to describe it and then had the follow up question of, “Why would you want to do that?” I say that it sounds like fun but I’m not sure that is really true.    I mean, it’s not that none of it sounded fun, or that I wasn’t really looking forward to it, just that I’m not certain that ‘fun’ was my…
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Playground or Training Ground?

Challenges, Free Programs
I can't hang down on this one. It doesn't count if your feet touch In a previous post I talked about themed running events.  Being unfamiliar with these types of events I was excited by them.  I'll be honest, I REALLY wanted to do the zombie run, but I was too late to register, so I signed up for the Tough Mudder in October.   This event was much more intimidating than the zombie one, and I wasn't entirely sure how to train for it exactly.  After bombing Bloomsday a couple years ago with pulled calf muscle and little road training, I have accepted that I am too old to NOT train anymore for things.  I tried to follow rather general training principle that I use for any activity, match your workouts…
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Themed Runs

Running events have been one of the most popular public fitness related activities in history.  I would say that swimming is probably right in there as well.  Yet, of all those thousands of participants, over time immemorial you haven’t been one of them.  Oh, perhaps you started a training program and intended to sign up for a 10k, but after a few weeks slogging along the road at 6:30 in the morning it just wasn’t that fun.  It could be that you are an old hand at Bloomsday and it’s just not holding it’s appeal anymore.  Been there, done that. If only there were a way to look forward to an event with excitement, pure fun, ridiculousness, or even a little danger?  That’s currently one of the fastest growing movements…
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