Tough Mudder In The City 5K

We did it!!!

Not only did we do it, we also had a surprising amount of fun!

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Obviously I packed sensibly for going in to battle . . .

Last year when we signed up for this, I’d never even attempted to go for a run before let alone a 5K run with crazy obstacles but a few months of running 3 – 5 times a week in the gym, I quickly worked up to running 5K so on the day, I at least wasn’t worried about the running, the obstacles however . . .

Well I needn’t have worried, the girls were all absolute superstars, we all helped each other, worked as a team and completed the course in around an hour and raised money for Help for Heroes .

We’d set a £250 target but smashed it and there’s still time to donate to our Just Giving page.

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This was Tough Mudder’s first ever mudless race, we actually didn’t know that when we signed up, we were prepared to take on the mud but when we found out there wasn’t going to be any, I wasn’t complaining, having said that, the ground was wet and muddy through wear and tear from the previous night’s Mudder’s so we still got a little muddy.

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I never thought I’d say that I actually enjoy running but I think I’ve got the bug! I gave myself Sunday as a rest day but this morning, I downloaded Strava and went for my first ever outdoor solo run in Victoria Park.

What’s next? The Goldenball Girls and I have another 5K obstacle race in May, more of a fun one with colour bombs but we are looking in to pushing ourselves with a possible Half Mudder which is 10K and if we do, there WILL be mud!

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I’ve never been particularly sporty, I’ve never really enjoyed exercise, I hated P.E at school, I always had a note with some excuse as to why I couldn’t do swimming (in my defense, my hair was very long, swimming in the morning and then having to spend the rest of the day with wet hair? No thank you, isn’t that how you catch chills?) I would try to get batted out early on in a rounders game in the Summer so that I could sit in the Sun and tan my face and when it came to sports day, I think it was compulsory that you signed up to compete in at least 3 events, I’d always choose the ones that would be over the fastest, the 100 metre sprint, long jump and well, actually, I don’t even remember what else.

Back as a teenager, I was blessed with a high metabolism so that and a vegetarian diet meant that I was pretty much still too small to fit in to the average Topshop or Miss Selfridge size 8 (size 6’s back then were harder to come by) so I didn’t really need an awful lot of exercise anyway.

These days, I do go to the gym, I don’t love actually doing the exercise but I go to keep in shape as more of a necessity and I do feel good afterwards.

With all this in mind, it would seem ludicrous if  I were to tell you I’ve signed up for 2 5K runs next year wouldn’t it? Wouldn’t it???

Well ludicrous of not, that’s exactly what I’m telling you, along with a few of the other  ‘Golden Ball’ girls from work I’m all signed up for a 5K Tough Mudder obstacle course in March at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – albeit without the mud and a 5K Colour Rush obstacle run in May in Brighton! 

Training has started, the manager of my gym walked in the other day and actually had to do a double take, in 10 years, he’s never seen me set foot on the treadmill, and when I told him what I’m training for he chuckled, well I’ll show him!

I’m up to 2K today, I figure if I can be up to 5K by the end of the year and keep it up, I’ll be fine come March, then it’s just the obstacles I’ll have to work out how to tackle, and coming to think of it, I’ve never seen a fat runner so that will mean I won’t have to feel guilty about the amount of hobnobs I eat my way through!

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I love the thought of my first run being at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, from the window in my apartment, I watched the Olympic village being built, the main stadium, the aquatics centre and the orbital all went up so quickly, they seemed to appear out of nowhere, then for the opening ceremony in 2012, my view of the fireworks was spectacular and during the Olympics, I also watched the athletes train on the open running training track.

 

The Tough Mudder race is in association with Help The Heroes and I will have a fund raising page up soon.