The Tough Mudder was today.
So was my first Atlanta Blogger Dinner!
It was great to meet the fellow bloggers. Putting “real” people to blogs is so much fun. I was a little intimidated being “new” to blogging (not to mention still going 100 mph on adrenaline), but the other girls were super nice in person.
I hope we can do it again soon!
Minor fail: I was
so strung-out rushing to get there… that I forgot a camera!
So. The race.
When my friends and I registered, the course hadn’t been finalized. The race was supposed to be 8-10 miles of obstacles and trail running (followed by a “party” with 2 free beers).
Then we get more info. It’s actually 11 miles. Fine. What’s one more mile?
Then more: the county the race is in is dry. No beer. Whatever.
Then we get to the start. The announcer says it is about 12 miles.
Then we race. For what was actually 13.5 miles. (Or 15, depending on whose GPS-tacking claims you believe.)
The Short Story:
- They ran out of water cups at stations
- There was no sort of electrolyte replenishment (13+ miles => need better fuel stations… esp. when distance isn’t accurately communicated)
- They dumped ICE in every
mudwater obstacle we swam/slogged through Mountainshills I never thought I could make it up 10 miles in with wet, mud-caked shoes were conquered
- Displays of camaraderie and willingness to help other racers was by far the most impressive I’ve encountered.
- I ran in just a sports bra for the first time ever (wet, muddy shirt was discarded on a mountain tree branch)
- Chocolate Muscle Milk is a good. (Bonus points for Georgia Tech-themed bottles)
The Summary: It was 13.5 miles/3.45 hours of TOUGH.
I am more proud of myself for doing finishing this race than any other I’ve done.
Will I do it again?
Not today anyway.