Tough Mudder 2013

tough mudder logoJust three short weeks after I finished my marathon, I chose to participate in the Tough Mudder. I probably should not have given the fact that I was not fully recovered.

But, I do a lot of things that I probably shouldn’t.

I wouldn’t say I was “injured” but I was definitely starting to notice that heel pain I’ve been talking about. At the time, I also had some hip tightness and pain when I would run longer than about 4 miles.

Oh well, I still did it! Tough Mudder took place on June 16th in Beaver Creek, Colorado. This was my second time running this race and, even though I am in a lot better shape this time in my life than the first time I attempted the Mudder, I did not do nearly as well.

The negative: I’m really not happy with this race, my performance in particular, at all.

The positive: This was the first race I did with the boy…. so that’s exciting!

I first visited the Tough Mudder in 2011.  It was the first of these type of races, i.e. obstacle courses, that I had ever tried to do. That first year I proved to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to. I faced heights, cold water, strength tests, endurance tests, and even electricity. Choosing to do the Tough Mudder as my first obstacle course was a brave decision, but it made all the other runs look like cake! Since then, I’ve done the Rugged Maniac as well. I’m really addicted to these obstacle course type of events!

This year, as I returned, I knew some of the obstacles would be the same, but they change them every year, so I was trying to prepare myself for anything. Only a handful were the same from two years ago.

The race is up in the mountains and our wave was at 10am so we had to leave Denver pretty early. We woke up, grabbed breakfast at Einsteins and started the two hour drive up I-70.

After finding where we needed to go, we dropped off our bag and waited in the “staging area” as I like to call it. Each wave will head up to the start line about 15 minute before the time for a motivation speech, safety rules and a pump up session.


Before you head up there, there’s an area you wait in, the staging area. While waiting, I re-tied my shoes like five times, stretched a little and made sure to use the restroom one more time. When I returned, my boyfriend had made a new friend. A young kid, I honestly don’t remember his name, who was taking on the Tough Mudder solo. He was joining the Air Force real soon and instantly latched on to my boyfriend because he’s in the Army. We let him come along and run with us, although, I shortly regretted that decicision due to his “unsportsman like encouragement” and his constant loud bleching.

Finally it was our time to go. To get to the actual start line, we had to get over a 6 foot wall. A gentleman stood nearby making sure everyone made it over and was helping each other out – the way the race is supposed to be run. After hearing our motivational speech, singing the national anthem and reviewing the safety rules, we were off!


It’s hard to see, but flags formed the letters T and M on the hill

Before I get into the race recap, please keep in mind, the objective of Tough Mudder is to help each other out. The proceeds go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and it even says in the rules to never leave a fellow Mudder behind. It is OK to skip an event if you don’t feel like you can complete it and/or are not comfortable (i.e. scared or, in my case this day: injured). You don’t get “disqualified” or kicked out. And in my opinion, what does it matter?! Even just running the length of the course is a challenge in itself at 10 plus mile, especially in that elevation. It’s all about having fun and helping eachother out. Here’s the tough mudder’s answer to skipping an event from their website:

“Can I skip an obstacle?

Oh, just a DEATH WAIVER!!

Oh, just a DEATH WAIVER!!

Tough Mudder® is not supposed to be about getting a faster time than your friends, so it’s fine by us if you want to skip an obstacle. The way we see it, you are there to have fun and get a real sense of achievement at the end. If you think a particular obstacle isn’t going to do this for you, just go around it – no shame there. However, if you are skipping an obstacle just to improve your time, then we think you are only cheating yourself. You paid to do the course – why not actually do it? Obviously, though, for some who participate there is a real element of competition involved in the event, so we do say that to qualify for a winners’s prize or for the World’s Toughest Mudder® competition you must have completed all the obstacles.”

With the start of the race, we ran down hill, curved around and were instantly subjected to the hills. Yay. (If you can’t tell, I’m being sarcastic). And then the obstacles started….

(Most obstacles are linked to a you tube video, I tried to find them all from the CO event, just to show you want they’re like).

Obstacle 1 – Kiss of Mud: With un uphill pull, we crawled under barbed wire through muddy rocks and dirt on our forearms and legs, beginning the long day of being wet, cold and dirty.

Obstacle 2 – Electric Eel: Oh boy was I dreading this obstacle!! This is where you had to crawl through water WITH electricty hanging down. We rounded the corner, shivering, as the clouds drew in the rain. “Obstacle closed due to lightning!” shouted a race official! You should have seen how much energy I gathered as I skipped around and laughed! I was soooooo excited that this event was closed!!!

Obstacle 3 – Blades of Glory: slanted walls to climb over as you slid down the other side. Peice of cake.

Obstacle 4 – Wound Warrior carry: The object is to pair up with someone and either buddy carry them or BE buddy carried. Would you believe that I buddy carried my boyfriend the whole way?! No, you don’t believe that?? Good, cause I didn’t. I was the one buddy carried. He swooped me over his shoulders and ran with me down the 30 yards or so of the obstacle. I loved people’s reactions when I yelled, “that was the easiest obstacle ever!”

Obstacle 5 – Funky Monkey: When I first completed Tough Mudder, this was the event I was most dreading because I didn’t think I had the upper body strength to get me across the monkey bars. I did it, though, and made it all the way across! This year, I noticed a few different things: 1. It was a lot colder, and I couldn’t feel my fingers to grip the bars and 2. A majority of the people were falling off and into the water…. Ah, greased bars. I still thought I would give it a try. I made it about 3 rungs before I caught a greased bar and I plummeted into the icy water. And Icy is not an understatement. When I came to the surface for air, I could barely breathe. The cold water left my chest feeling tight and me struggling for strength. I could barely pull myself out of the water. Some how I managed to get out; I couldn’t push myself using just my arms, so I wiggled my torso onto the ledge and rolled out. Needless to say, I was freezing at that point. My fingers began to turn purple along with my lips and it hurt to take in breaths. The weather didn’t help at all with the clouds looming over head and rain still coming down. Coldest I have ever been in my life.

Trying to move my muscles, the boy helped to warm my hands by cupping them in his. He encouraged me to keep moving, as much as I protested. I slowly made my way to the next obstacle.

Obstacle 6 – Sweaty Yeti: Basically, all this obstacle entailed was a steep down hill followed by a REALLY steep uphill, followed by a down hill hike (or slide) over snow. Did you know that when snow is left that long in the summer, it becomes really pellet-y (that’s the best descriptive word I could come up with) and rough to the touch. Rough + cold = really painful when you fall/slide down; especially when you’re still not recovered from your previous plunge into icy cold water.

Obstacle 7 – Arctic Enema: For those hard core runners, you’d think this was a just a nice ice bath after a long run…. Oh yeah, they add salt to it to keep it from freezing solid. Being chillded to the bone, quite literally, just minutes before, I chose to skip this event. I did it back in 2011, and didn’t need to do it again. I proved myself once already with this type of obstacle. The boy and our “friend” did it though! I can still see their shocked faces as they emerged from the icy water tub.

Obstacle 8 – Underwater tunnels: Immediately following arctic enema, they subjected people to submerge in slightly warmer icy snow melt water of the Colorado mountains. When I first did Tough Mudder, this was the only event I skipped. It’s a series of barrels floating in the water that you have to go under. That first year, the barrels were in water that was too deep to touch the ground in. I made it under the first barrel and when I came up for air, I panicked when I couldn’t touch the bottom and couldn’t breathe due to the cold. Because of that, I skipped this event this year. I was not ready to get wet and cold again yet. But I did notice that the water was shallow enough this year to touch in between each barrel, I think that would have been easier.

Obstacle 9 – Luberjack: (this video is not from CO). A series of logs to climb over. More difficult that it looked at first. The boy and our new “friend” gave me a lift up and I swung my legs over and dropped to the other side.

Obstacle 10 – Hold your wood: Grab a log, carry it around for about a quarter mile. Meh. No big deal!

Obstacle 11 – Ladder to hell: (Go to 8:25 in video) A ladder into the sky made of 2×4’s. I carefully climbed up and back down. While at the top, I encountered a girl who had made it that far, but was scared to proceed down. I told her to follow me, take it easy and step exactly where I stepped. This seemed to work (as her boyfriend was already on the ground) and she made it off of the heights.

Before moving on to the next event, we had the obstacle of the course itself: A steep up hill hike that really challenged my “injured” hip. It was hurting, I mean, really hurting with even step. A girl with a bull horn shouted words of encouragement as we neared the top of the hill, telling us that this was the last hill in the course. Boy was she wrong…

Obstacle 12 – Boa Constrictor: Sick of being wet, I really didn’t want to plunge head first into water again, but after the boy went first and assured me the water was “warm,” I followed him through the round tunnels, crawled through the mud and out the other uphill tunnel.

After the 12th obstacle, there as a good mile or so of pure, fun, single track, trail running! Here was my time to shine. Finally! Taking  the lead, I took off bounding along the trail! I was cruising; passing other runners left and right with my boy and our friends (we gained another solo Mudder) behind me. I thoroughly enjoyed this section of the course. Although, I’m not so sure my body did. It was after this section that my hip tighten up and it started becoming even MORE painful every time I stepped with my right leg….

Obstacle 13 – Berlin Walls:  (this video is from the Saturday CO Mudder…you can tell because the sun is actually shining in the video). I swear these were taller this year than last time!!!! I’m not THAT scared of heights, but I am scared of sitting at the top, straddling of a shaky 10 ft+ wall. The boy boosted me up, and as I got one leg over the wall, I squeezed for dear life with my thighs, then realized I was frozen; I couldn’t get down. I was scared and weak and the idea of bringing my other leg over and lowering myself down seem so terrifying. The boy, seeing my fear, jumped over himself (oh so strong!), lowered himself down and then allowed me to place the foot that was over on the support of his hands while I swung the other leg over and he caught me as I dropped the rest of the way down. And repeat, two more times. 

Obstacle 14 – Just the Tip: No, this is not a dirty joke, this is event was actually kinda hard. And by kinda, I mean really. And by hard I mean, I didn’t finish it. (I could have added another dirty joke there, going with the play on words, but I’ll refrain). It was a two by four you had to just grip with just your finger-tips, hence the name, but I haven’t been climbing enough to build up that strength!!! (the video is not CO and there’s an annoying girl’s voice in the background. Sorry.)

Being 9 miles into this race and 1.5 miles left to go, I was nearing my end. My hip was god awfully painful, causing my eyes to tear up; and believe me when I say, I RARELY cry. And then we reached ANOTHER hill!!! Everyone around us openly exclaimed how upset they were that we were promised the last hill was the LAST hill. I shared their sentiment. The boy grabbed my hand, and powered me up the hill. We reached the next set of obstacles…

Obstacle 15 – Kiss of Mud #2: Should be called Kiss of Rocks. This event was painful. There was no mud, just wet, gritty rocks under barbed wire.



Obstacle 16 – Walk the Plank: Sick of being cold and wet, I almost skipped this one as well, but was promised that the water “wasn’t that bad.” Liars. Let alone did it take courage to jump off the height, but once you get over that, you plummet into icy deep water and are expected to swim to the other side. Water so cold it takes your breath away and your ability to move your limbs. The “lifeguard” aided me by letting me hold on to the life preserver while my boy waited to help me out of the water.

Once you climb out of the water, the way down is over more scratchy cold snow.

Obstacle 17 – Hangin’ Tough: More monkey bars, but the swinging kind. I tried it. I failed. But the water actually was the warmest on the course. Albeit muddy and gross, but warm. I made it about two ring swings before I fell in.

Obstacle 18 – Glacier: Bascially a pile of more snow. By this point I had perfected a way down these obstacles: place one foot in a narrow path created by others, sit “down” on this foot; not actually sitting but using it as support. The other foot goes out in front to act as a brake of sorts, although not confident enough in my braking ability, I still scratched up my hands by instinctively placing them on the snow bank beside me to stop myself.

Obstacles 19 – Everest: The 1/4 pipe you’re expected to run up and catch at the top. I had completed this event during my last Tough Mudder but being that I couldn’t walk, or run, without a limp, I chose to skip it. I met the boy and our “friends” on the other side.

Next up, everyones favorite. The last obstacle, Number 20 – Electroshock Therapy: OH BOY! Definitely watch that video, it’s really cool. Let’s just cut to the chase. I skipped it. Call me weak, lame, or whatever your wanted. I’ve done this obstacle before at my first Tough Mudder. I got shocked – a lot. This year, I was cold, wet, in pain and grumpy.  I was NOT in the mood to get shocked. Nor could I even run at that moment and I did not feel like limping slowly through wires filled with voltage. Nope, not gonna happen.

I chose to skip it. But, I will tell you this story: The boyfriend, did go through it. Now, a little fact about the boy, he has a metal place in this shoulder from a football injury…….. in the warning for this race, they HIGHLY recommend you not do the electricity events if you have a pacemaker, heart condition OR metal plates in your body!!!!

Another fact about the boy: He’s tough and strong and will not quit/avoid/give up anything (a little something the Army instilled in him). Yes, he still went through. What he did tell me afterward is that as he was running through, out of of the corner of his eye he saw it: A rogue wire come wizzing up to him, shocking him and STICKING to his shoulder, the one with the metal plate! It was like it was magnatized or something!

He also told me that he felt “funny” after that event. Go figure. BOYS!

Having gone around the event, the boy and our new friends didn’t realize that I was still “in the race” and ran up to finish. They all raced eachother trying to “beat” one another under the finishers banner. I didn’t see who won, probably my boy (Yep, I’m biased), as I was hobbling my own way over the finish line. I grabbed my Finishers Shirt, my beer and searched for the boy and a place to sit. I took off my muddy shoes and donated them to a charity that cleans and sorts them and sends them to less fortunate children and/or countries to be used! I actually really love this idea…however, I looked everywhere for more information on what actual charity it was. The best I could find was the each state’s Tough Mudder has a different used shoe charity. If anyone one knows more information on this PLEASE TELL ME!! I’m super curious/want to know!

In the end, I was in pain and super unhappy about my racing performance. I know it’s not a serious event or the end of the world, but I felt like I was in much better shape than the first time I did Tough Mudder, yet I wasn’t able to a lot of the events. I feel a little like I chickened out, I felt defeated and I felt like I was not as tough as I thought. I was in a lot of pain and with the weather being overcast and rainy, the cold was not good for my bod.


Oh, thanks SUN for coming out AFTER were done.

The boy and I rested up, changed into dry clothes, and drank our beers while listening to the live band. The after party was great, full of fun things to do. There was music, like I said and a “Man of Steele” competition since the new Superman Movie had just come out. This was sponsored by Under Armor and featured crazy strong man obstacles like tire flipping, box jumps, etc.  The boy tried his strength at some of the events they had and then we finally made our way home.

Being new to Colorado, I wanted to take the boy to Beaju’s Pizza (delicious Colorado style pizza made with super thick crust designed for you to eat with honey after your finish off the rest of the pizza pie). The original location is in Idaho Springs which is on the way from the mountains to Denver. I highly recommended it for anyone visiting Colorado. After sitting in traffic for over two hours, we finally arrived at Beau Jo’s to find it CLOSED!!!!!!! (It was just closed being of a power outage; it’s still open in general). Devastated and still hungry, we high tailed it back to Denver and right into the local chain location so he could try the pizza pie (yes, he did love it).

I already have plans to do another Tough Mudder. I would love to try one in a different location! Actually, after looking at the website, I noticed they are bringing a second location to Colorado Springs in 2014! However, I will try and train a little differently.

A 10 mile obstacle course, beer, live music followed with pizza. Yep, it was a good great summer day.


Check out that photo bomber behind us!!!!

Additional Info:

Tough Mudder Website – check it out! Sign up! Do it!

My Recap on the 2011 Tough Mudder

A Tribute to the Tough Mudder!

Finisher 2011!!!

This past weekend was the Colorado Tough Mudder, and although I did not do it this year, I still love this event!

I am a big fan of obstacles races! After the Rugged Maniac, I’m definitely addicted. Last year I got my first taste at a mud race during the Tough Mudder, and I have a few more planned for this year.

It was 10 miles of running and hard obstacles….it was a blast!!! I really wanted to do it again this year, but the team I was going to do it with fell through and, sure, I could have technically done by myself, but for 1) it’s not as fun 2) it’s HARD if you don’t have some help and 3) the price goes up to $200 close to the event!!! That’s a lot of money!

So, instead, here’s my tribute to the Tough Mudder, a review a year in the making.

I completed the race with a boyfriend at the time and his friend. Two kinda scrawny guys (They don’t read this, so I can make fun of my ex all I want). We named out team “Reckless Abandon” (it’s a Blink 182 song) and this also why I have a anarchy symbol on my arm – in care you noticed that. Although the boys did help me through a few obstacles, usually it was other people along the course (huge, burly, strong men) that helped me as well, especially with literally pulling me over the walls.

The Tough Mudder in Colorado takes places at Beaver Creek, a ski/snowboard resort during the winter. I’ve actually never boarded there, but want to someday. Some of the obstacles even took  advantage of the half melted down park structures, like the half pipe, and the water obstacles involved fresh, cold snow melt. BRRRRR! Last year was the first year that CO had a Tough Mudder, I believe.

It was a pretty hard course. Me and my teammates didn’t train a horrible amount for it, but I did do a lot of running in preparation. Some of the events included berlin walls to climb over, swimming under barrels in the freezing water, monkey bars, mesh ropes, stuff to climb under while you climbed over snow, fire houses blasting your with water, mud pits, half pipes to climb up, rope ladders, carrying logs, steep hills to go up and down, electroshock therapy, and a lot more I’m sure I’m forgetting at the moment.

One of the toughest event for me were the walls. I had to have some guys pull me up, but I think the even harder part is once you’re up at the top and you have to switch your legs over and then safely drop yourself down. Just looking down from the top was terrifying! There was two sets of 3 walls each. Another event, and the ONLY event I didn’t complete the whole way (hear me out) was a set of three barrels in water that you had to dive under. Let me remind you, this is fresh snow melt. So the water is just above freezing. I dove under the first barrel and on the way up, I realized that I couldn’t breathe or touch the bottom of the pond. I think if I would have been able to get a foot grasp, I would have been able to calm myself and go under the next two barrels. Instead, due to the panicked look on my face, I had the “life guard” pull me out. The funny part is I used to be a life guard! Laugh all you want.

Another event that was hard but fun was the monkey bars. Now, I’ve never really had that much upper body strength, so prior to the event, I was most scared of this obstacle. If you let go of the bars, you fell into a lovely mud pit – and some of the bars are greased; however, I made it the whole way across!!

The last event was the electroshock therapy where they had wires hanging down that were randomly charged with electricity while you ran through water and over hay bales. I was so TERRIFIED of this event at first! I don’t particularly like getting shocked, so I spend about 15 minutes in front of the obstacle working up the nerve. It totally was not as bad as I made myself believe. I did get shocked a few times, but it didn’t really hurt, just surprises you really.  I have such a weird fear of pain like that, and for medical related stuff as well (like sutures, etc) yet, I’ve purposely gotten tattoos and piercings and can deal with that sort of pain….I’m strange.

I was talking to a friend of mine that plays soccer with me, and she did the Tough Mudder this year. I saw her pictures on Facebook and it looked like she had a blast! She did tell me that there was THREE electricity events this year! Oh man!!

If any of you have a Tough Mudder Event close to you, I recommend doing it! It’s fun, it’s a challenge, and it really tests your endurance, strength as well as your mental toughness!  I also think it’s great that all the Tough Mudder Events go to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

Rugged Maniac – Post Race Recap – Muddy Style!

Before the race even started…already cold!

(It took me awhile to write my recap for this race because, well, I wanted it to be so AWESOME and funny. Also, I was trying to remember the exact order of the obstacles by checking out youtube videos of Denver’s Race. So here’s my attempt to be funny and hopefully I got the obstacles in the correct order.)

This is the email we all got after completing the Rugged Maniac two Saturdays ago: “Congratulations Denver! You created a new standard for for what it means to be a rugged maniac by dominating the coldest Rugged Maniac in history. We were inspired by your grit and determination.”

So with that said, lets start things of with….BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! I have never been so cold ever in my life! And I didn’t even realize it until Post-Race. Full body shivering convulsions are not fun! But needless to say… IT WAS A BLAST! Even the Tough Mudder wasn’t this muddy! Here’s the conversation I had with one of my friends:

Post Race! Full body convulsions beginning

T: “Did you have fun?” Me: “Umm…fun is a relative term. But yes….but why I find this stuff fun, I have no idea!” T: “Because its awesome!!!!!”

Why yes! It is awesome! I can now call myself a Rugged Maniac! As you gathered from the start, it was so cold! (How cold was it?!)  It was so cold that the water obstacles felt warm!

After getting only 3 hours of sleep from getting off work late in the night, I made my way over to Shay’s house (from SkinPoetryPhotography). As we drove in the pouring raining, we hoped it would clear up by race time. No such luck…we started our wave at 9:00am in the pouring rain! Well, it slowed to a sprinkle but by just the first few obstacles it was down pouring again and we were soaked to the bone. Silly Colorado weather; you can’t predict anything here. By the end of the race I don’t think we realized how cold we were until we got to the car and couldn’t stop shaking. It was 3.2 miles of muddy, slippery, cold, wet, hilly, challenging obstacles. We didn’t actually run that much…for fear of falling! There were multiple times where we had to stop and kick/scrape the mud off our shoes. Here’s my race break down:

Do you see those cheaters going AROUND the sign!?!

START: Here we go! So cold, but we’ll warm up fast…right?!

Big, muddy hill right from the start: Oh yeah!? You ride dirt bikes on this?? WE RUN IT!

Obstacle one – wooden ladders: This isn’t hard!

Obstacle two – tires on the ground and hanging down: You call this a challenge?!

More wooden ladders: Because one set wasn’t enough…

Obstacle three – Big Tires to climb over: You thought big tires would scare us off!?! Think again!

(At this point we were completely drenched)

Obstacle four – Underground, completely dark tunnel: At least we’re out of the rain, right?

half walls

Obstacle five – half walls: I’m pretty sure I used my hands to climb over them, but I can’t really feel my fingers

Muddy trail: Shay: “How ya feeling?” Me: “Um, cold?” Shay: “me too, me too.”

boa constrictor

Obstacle six – Boa Constrictor: Well, we can’t get MORE wet.

Obstacle seven – SLIDE: WEEEEEEEEEEEEE! You call that an obstacle!? It’s only an obstacle trying to dodge the guy who nearly took me off my feet coming down right after us!

Obstacle eight – Barbed wire mud/sand pit: I think I’m bleeding…

Obstacle nine – rope ladders: Can’t. Feel. Fingers. Must. Hold. On.

Half way – water stop: “I think I have enough water already”

Obstacle ten – 7 ft Walls (at least I think they were about 7 or 8 feet): Can’t pull myself up – too cold! (this was actually the hardest obstacle for me. But a girl leant me her knee and that’s all the boost I needed to get up and over!)

Obstacle eleven – mud sink hole: (The guy in front of us fell/sunk in) Thanks dude! we’re going to go to this side…

the slide

Obstacle twelve – More barbed wire mud crawls!:  Oh good, because I had one spot that didn’t have mud!

Obstacle thirteen – Mud hills with rope: “Why did we want to do this??”

Obstacle fourteen – taller wooden ladders on big storage units: Trying to play at our fear of heights?? You must not know us, Rugged Maniac, we climb cliffs! (Shay is actually a rock climber…I’m just learning)

Obstacle fifteen – EVEN more barbed wire mud crawls: You want more blood, huh!?

Obstacle sixteen – MORE MUD HILLS!: Is there really this many different types of mud?

Obstacle seventeen – last one, pool of water/mud with floating barriers to get over: Race worker: “I think you two look the most cold out of everyone” Us: “uh, thanks?” Race Worker: “The idea is to jump into the water!” Crowd chanting: “GO, GO, GO!” Shay jumps, I jump! Crowd Cheers! YAY!

FINISH! HECK YES! We did it! And The crowd cheered (just for us, I’m sure!)! Officially Rugged Maniacs!

During the race itself, I’m not gonna lie, there were times where I really did feel like quitting. I can’t express enough how cold we were! Obviously we didn’t quit because were so dedicated Bad Assed. After finishing, the feeling of accomplishment is so overwhelming! Great, GREAT event. We finished the event in just under an hour (official time: 57:52) and immediately headed to the car to warm up since it was still raining when we finished. Since the beer stand wasn’t open yet, we went home to shower/warm up/stop convulsing and returned to 1) claim our free beer and 2) watch the rest of the waves suffer while taking pictures of the poor hopeless souls’ faces. (Shay took some really cool photos…I think she should be an event photographer – if she posts them to her blog, i’ll have to re-blog for you all to see). After showering the mud from my body (you don’t want to know where I found mud! – Yep you guessed it…between my toes….) I try to assess the damages: Scratched knees, palms and a nice big one on my butt! Minor bruises; major soreness AWESOMENESS!

enjoying our victory beers!

The following days, official results and professional photos were published. We actually were placed 30 and 31* of all the females 18+ which I think its pretty awesome! There are some pretty awesome professional photos too! If we decide to get them (which I probably will) I will have to show you guys!

And of course, like true Colorado fashion, its bright and sunny and WARMER at 6:00 PM than it was when we did our race!


*Correction: After posting this, I was re-looking at the results from the race. We placed 30 and 31 out of 126 females of OUR wave ONLY. It doesn’t give a listing of all females in every wave together. Still pretty awesome, but I didn’t want to make myself falsely more awesome.

Rugged Maniac – Pre Race Review

This Saturday, I will be doing the Rugged Maniac with my friend here in Denver! I’m really excited for this race because it’s not just running – you get to go over obstacles and through mud!!!

I’ll probably go more in detail about each obstacle in my post race recap, but it looks like there will be plenty of mud, water, things to climb over, things to dive under…..but what I am really looking forward to is the fire pit to jump over!!!

Last year when I did the Tough Mudder, there was supposed to be fire to jump over, but due to fire bans for our dry state, they had to eliminate that obstacle. I was pretty bummed. Jumping over fire seems like such an empowering thing!!  It shows it as one of the obstacle on this course map, so hopefully this race will keep it!

Its a 5k course, with 18 obstacles to conquer and I have only one goal for this race:


Hahaha! I have no expectations for this race except just that: to have a blast! Me and my friend Shay, who writes SkinPoetyPhotography (check her stuff out – she’s pretty awesomely talented), will be competing in this event. She told me the other day that she doesn’t think she’ll be in good enough shape, but I don’t believe her! She’s got rock climber strength to get over all the obstacles! She’ll probably have to pull me over the walls!

In all seriousness, I’m sure she’ll be fine and I’m not too worried either! I don’t think I’ll be setting any records by any means, but I feel like I’m in pretty good shape. I survived Tough Mudder last year – and that was pretty hard! – so I should be fine! Looks like the weather is projected to be beautiful, so we shouldn’t be too cold when we splash in the mud; and I just hope I get off work at a reasonable hour since it’s saturday morning!

In preparation for the race (as I do with all races) I read over their entire website and any emails I have received. I found this funny comment in the FAQ’s: “What happens if it rains?  – The race will not be canceled for rain! This is Rugged Maniac, not a tea party at the retirement home.” So there you have it!

Speaking of Tough Mudder, I was potentially going to do that event again this year…however, the friend I was going to compete with and I sucked at coordinating things and we missed all the early event registrations…now the price is up to $200!!! Way to much for me at this time in my life. Oh and he kinda broke his wrist a few days ago, so I guess it was not meant to be!  I really do like the Tough Mudder event series, and will do another in the future, maybe in another state to do some different obstacles (and maybe less-cold water!) Last year’s event was a blast! Very challenging, but a blast!

Other Updates:

The following weekend I have two races: The Color Run -Denver, which looks like a blast and The Bolder Boulder…I feel super competitive for this race – and to see if I can match or beat my PR from two weekends ago!

The Weekend after that…On to Montana! I will be visiting family and running the Missoula Mile! A short race to benefit prostate cancer awareness and to knock off Montana! I’m super excited!!