I love to do things that challenge me. I live for adrenaline rushes and things that make me feel alive. Also I just love feeling like a badass. Doesn’t everyone? After completing a Tough Mudder, you’ll definitely feel like one.
Jumping 30 feet into water, climbing ropes, wading through water for a half mile, and sliding through fire are just some of the awesome obstacles you might do. Every course is different depending on the location of your Tough Mudder which makes them fun to do again and again. The level of muddiness also dramatically varies with each course so just be prepared for anything 🙂
The first Tough Mudder I did got me hooked and I immediately signed up for my next one within 24 hours. The same friend I had ran it with also signed up immediately but about the week before the race, something came up where he couldn’t run it with me.
Considering the race is quite pricey, I couldn’t find anyone else last minute to join me. I guess paying $100 to run 12 miles and complete obstacles like dunking yourself in 30 degree water isn’t everyone’s idea of fun 😉
Read on to find out why I think anyone can run a Tough Mudder and how I found random people on the Internet to run it with.
You don’t need to be a runner to run a Tough Mudder.
Tough Mudder courses are 10-12 miles long, but you definitely don’t need to be able to run this far at once! I am NOT a runner and I’m definitely not fast! It’s just not my preferred form of physical activity. I suggest being able to run about 3-4 miles comfortably before doing this event. I would just run 2-4 miles a few times a week and I felt more than prepared during the event. Since there are so many obstacles, you will run a few miles and then do an obstacle, and sometimes you even have to wait in line to do an obstacle. You aren’t running the whole race without stopping! You can take it at whatever pace you want. I saw 70 years old walking the course as well as a guy without a leg killing it, how awesome is that!?
You still need to train, but maybe not as much as you think.
The amount of training you need to do will depend on how often you work out. If you work out regularly, you probably don’t need to change your routine too much. I would suggest adding in some high intensity circuits if you don’t already do them. I was definitely more fit back when I decided to do my Tough Mudders (thanks, optometry school) but I still feel like I could complete one now even though I’m not as fit as I was. The Tough Mudder website has great training workouts for all fitness levels.
Don’t let it stop you if you can’t find friends to join you!
When my friend couldn’t make the event last minute, I was honestly super nervous to do the event alone and considered backing out. But I knew I would regret it if I did. And then I remembered people meet each other on the internet all the time. I discovered the Tough Mudder website has forums and there were people who were also going solo that were down to meet up and run together! I arranged to meet up with a group of six people who were all running alone. It was awesome to meet up with people before the race even started, but if you don’t find strangers on the internet beforehand, it’s almost a guarantee you will meet someone on the course to run with! Our group ended up splitting up due to different paces so make sure you find someone with a similar pace as you. I ended up running it with a 50 year old guy who had done 4 Tough Mudders before and a 27 year old first timer and it made it so much more fun. Everyone running a Tough Mudder is super friendly and wants to help each other. And some of the obstacles REQUIRE the help of strangers. I mean, I couldn’t run up and over a quarter pipe without some strong guys at the top pulling me up. Maybe you’re one of the strong guys who doesn’t need any help, but that’s the minority 😉
Basically, you shouldn’t let fear or fitness level or being alone or really anything stop you from doing a Tough Mudder! They are SO fun. And if you need a random person from the internet to do one with you, I’m down.