Someone please tell me tough mudder isn't as scary as it looks

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I mean my friend didn’t really train and she came out fine.

They had a friend bring them beer at the halfway point, apparently it helped a lot hahaha

Post # 4
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11469 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@legenwaitforitdary:  Scary? No. Intense, absolutely.

I have several friends, work out partners and my trainer as well that do the tough mudder on a regular basis. It is more mind over matter to be honest because everyone is exhausted at the end.

Just get used to the idea of mud, cold water, grueling physical endurance and yeah I heard they shock you on a few of the portions. Child’s play. 😉

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Scary? Not really, it isn’t like they throw wild wolverines with AIDS at you.

it is relentless and intense, though! All you need to do is pace yourself. Besides, what better reward than to come out at the end and go, “Man, I kicked tough mudder’s ass!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I think it really depends on where you’re doing it. My husband did it in SoCal at a ski resort in the mountains, so in between obstacles, they were running up and down the sides of mountains, and they were tired for the obstacles. It took them over 3 hours. Other places have completely flat courses, and they say that should take around 1.5 hours.

The water will be freezing, so just be prepared for that. And I don’t want to scare you, but I saw grown men cry during the electrocution. (I watched it for about 45 minutes waiting for DH and his friends to finish)

That being said, the electric currents are at the very end of the wires. If you push the wires out of the way with a swimming motion, keeping the ends away from your body, you won’t get zapped. One of my friends did this and he was fine. Whatever you do, don’t fall down, because the ends will zap you continuously.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

It depends on what type of Tough Mudder course you do. My fiance did one in Boston on a mountain, which is supposedly one of the toughest tough mudder courses. He is the most in shape person I know/goes to the gym at least once a day and he said it was the hardest thing he’s ever done!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I wouldn’t know.  They canceled my event and won’t respond to transfer.  Now we’re TTC.  GRRRRRR.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I haven’t done one, only some zombie type one that was a 5k.

It was harder than I expected but it wasn’t bad (due to it being so short).  I could easily run 8 miles so I figured 3 would be easy.

They have some similar obstacles- walls, water/mud pits, electricity, crawling through tunnels, crawling under the electric cage/fencing stuff, etc.  Plus trying to keep your flags from zombies so you don’t “die.”

It was only harder than I was expecting because of all the sprinting/dodging I had to do (so much!).  I did get slammed from behind (hard) into a tree and was bleeding.  Not a fan of the shocks either.

There will probably be plenty of people who walk through the entire thing and take their time so you can do that at the very least (at least I’ve seen plenty of people walk 5k, 10ks, or half marathons).

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@kes18:  I don’t get that.  Why?  I’m so far out of shape and I could WALK a 10k, but what’s the point?  IT’S A RACE.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@legenwaitforitdary:  I’ve done it twice, and it’s really not as hard as they make it out to be! The first time I was terrified, and didn’t think I was going to get through the whole thing!

I found Everest to be one of the most challenging obstacles, but I have dodgy ankles and don’t have the jumping range of normal people. Still, I managed to get through it both times! I did have a terrible experience during the last obstacle of my first event, which was electroshock therapy. Some complete douchecanoe barrelled into me, knocking me over and then proceeded to use me as leverage to get back up and run off, leaving me sprawled in the mud with 3 particularly painful livewires hanging over my shoulder and the most wicked leg cramps I’ve ever had! Luckily my amazing fiance wouldn’t give up, and stood there trying to whack the wires away from me while he hauled me up. True love right there!

I’ve just done my second Tough Mudder a month ago, and I actually found it easy peasy this time. I suppose I knew more what I was expecting, and was just that tiny bit fitter as well.

It’s not a race, take your time through the obstacles, and don’t worry too much. It’s all about teamwork, and complete strangers will stop and help you. It’s a challenge, sure, but it’s also a tonne of fun and you’ll get such a sense of achievement when you’re done!

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