Tough Mudder Here I Come

It’s Official! 

I will be participating in the Michigan Tough Mudder this June!  For anyone who hasn’t heard of Tough Mudder, it’s a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie.  Filled with 20-25 military style obstacle challenges, Tough Mudder is NOT your typical race.

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Lucky for me, I won’t be doing this event alone.  My fraternity brothers and I will be running the race together.  I think that’s one of the things I like about Tough Mudder the most.  It’s all about the camaraderie.  No matter how much faster or in better shape the members of my team may be, we will all take on each obstacle challenge together and will cross the finish line as a group.  No man left behind.

As with any race or event like this, unfortunately there is a price tag.  For registering this month, I am paying $150 now to get my butt kicked in June.  While this might seem like a lot of money, if you put things into perspective you’ll see that it’s really not too bad. 

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However, what I get for signing up is not limited to the race alone.  Sure I get a t-shirt, headband, beer and bragging rights, but it’s before the race that my money gets put to good use.  Instead of paying $70 a month at some fancy gym to stick to my New Year’s resolution, I have 12 buddies who over the next five months will drag me out to the gym at least twice a week to help me get in shape.  No need for a personal trainer or expensive gym equipment either.  Due to the intensity of the race, Tough Mudder has several suggested workout plans you should do in preparation for the event and all of them are FREE.  As someone who has done workouts like P90X before, I can honestly say, Tough Mudder training takes the cake. 

So sure $150, might seem like a lot at first, but when you compare it to the amount of money you might spend on other ways to get in shape, Tough Mudder starts looking like a pretty smart option.  If you have done Tough Mudder before and would like to share your experience, comment below.  I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated as I train over the next couple months!  Wish me luck!

Until next time,

Austin