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I’m a Tough Mother, I mean Mudder!

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Tough Mudder BadgeHappy Mother’s Day fellow Moms!

I have SO much to tell you but it’s late and I spend all my time video editing. That’s right. I’ve got it! I don’t think I’ve every been asked for anything more than this video. It’s cracking me up!


Without further ado..

Now… let me say this… It was AWESOME!

A fun, confidence building, physical, mental experience of a lifetime.

I attempted all obstacles across the (approximate) 12.5 mile run…

  1. Kiss of Mud: Completed.
  2. Arctic Enema: Competed.
  3. High Stepping: Completed.
  4. Berlin Walls #1: Completed with hoist help.
  5. Death March: Completed.
  6. Trench Warfare: Completed.
  7. Fire Walker: Completed.
  8. Devil’s Beard: Completed with help from fellow mudders holding the rope.
  9. Log Bog Jog: Completed.
  10. Hold Your Wood: Completed.
  11. Spider’s Web: Completed with help from fellow mudders holding the rope.
  12. Walk the Plank: Completed after a slight freak out :)
  13. Crawl Under: Completed (not sure if it’s considered an obstacle)
  14. Everest: Completed with help at the top.
  15. Electric Eel: Completed with a few screams.
  16. Berlin Walls #2: Completed with hoist help.
  17. Funky Monkey: ALMOST completed! Slipped out of my gloves 3/4 of the way across.
  18. Mud Mile: Completed.
  19. Boa Constrictor: Completed.
  20. Mystery Obstacle – The Rings: Attempted.
  21. Twinkle Toes: Completed.
  22. Electroshock Therapy: Completed with a few screams.

Wow. I think I still have to let that all sink in. I can’t believe I did it.


Curious how I trained for the event? Click here!

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There are 54 comments so far.


    May 14, 2012

    That was so AWESOME to watch!! Congrats to you, Carrie and Jimmy! you guys are some tough mudders!!!


    May 14, 2012

    This looks AMAZING! It was so much fun to watch the video. Thank you for taking and posting it. CONGRATS on finishing!!!


    May 14, 2012

    I.. loved… this… I wanna do a Though Mudder myself!


    May 14, 2012

    Congratlations! That was awesome.

    I’ll be honest I’m not super interested in a Tough Mudder, but after seeing your mini-team I think it would be something really cool to do with a few friends. Not only do you need help to actually complete some of the challenges, but you can keep each other motivated and laugh about some of the challenges :)



    May 14, 2012



    May 14, 2012

    Congratulations! You should be very proud of your accomplishment.


    May 14, 2012

    Great job, Roni! You and your friends ROCKED IT!!

    Kelly Eaton

    May 14, 2012

    That looked AWESOME!! Congrats Roni, Carrie, & Jimmy!! You did it! :-)


    May 14, 2012

    This looks great. Can I join your team if you do this next year. I promise I will train hard and be fun. You go girl. Congraulations to your entire team.

    Elizabeth N

    May 14, 2012



    May 14, 2012

    Congratulations! You rock!


    May 14, 2012

    Congrats!!! I just watched your video with my 5 year old son before he headed to the bus. He wanted to know if I wanted to run it next time… ummm NO WAY IN HELL! I was exhausted just watching you! But he was having fun coming up with other torturous ideas for additional stations.


    May 14, 2012

    Congratulations!!!! My friend’s husband’s picture is up on facebook as he goes through something that was shocking him. Umm…that looked painful. It was great to see how everyone was working together!


    May 14, 2012

    I’m so impressed! Well done, lady. :)


    May 14, 2012

    Congratulations! That looked like an amazing experience, screams and giggles included.


    May 14, 2012

    WOW! That looks like a LOT of fun! Do you really get shocked? Would you ever do this again? Great job!

    Kristal Brown

    May 14, 2012


    I won’t lie. I cried at the end of your video. Not a little, but full on sobbed. I’m so proud of you. You trained your a** off and did it. I want to be a Tough Mudder too. I hope to tackle this obstacle next year. I’m terrifed of heights and small spaces so I will be training like crazy for overcoming those mental obstacles. Way to go lady. You rocked it.


    May 14, 2012

    OMG girl, you are awesome! How freakin amazing is that! I love the video, thank you for sharing you tough mother!


    May 14, 2012

    I logged in here all weekend waiting for this update! CONGRATULATIONS! I freaked out too just watching the video of you guys having to jump! And what the heck are the eels and the shock therapy obstacles!?!? lol! So scary! But the whole thing looked like a total BLAST! I bet you’re hooked now.


    May 14, 2012

    I cried for you too at the end. I felt the mental workout. That was so awesome. YOU ROCK!!


    May 14, 2012

    Great job, I couldn’t see doing this alone but with a few friends it looks like a lot of fun :)

    Kathren M

    May 14, 2012

    Congrats!!! Awesome job Roni! :)


    May 14, 2012

    Way to go, Roni!

    Walk the plank was my favorite obstacle; I didn’t even look before I jumped but what a rush that was! I love how you encouraged the girl next to you to jump with you–random encouragement from other Mudders that you don’t even know is honestly one of the best parts of the race.

    From the bits of video you showed, your course looked a LOT less muddy than OH–but a friend who did both said PA had more hills, and I’m sure it was just as tough!

    Laura James

    May 14, 2012

    That looks freakin awesome! I am so signing up for 2013 in Sydney! It’s too late for this year =( THIS WILL BE MY GOAL!! yay.
    You did such a great job. Do you feel like you did enough training? Did you start training for it early enough etc


    May 14, 2012

    Very cool!! Congrats!!!!! I’d love to do one of these with my hubs.
    Just curious, how long did it take to finish?


    May 14, 2012

    Congrats! How scratched up are you?


    May 14, 2012

    ProfD – I may go again this year! There’s events all over the place!


    May 14, 2012

    Amy – I did really get shocked! It wasn’t as bad as my screams let on. lol So much so I am considering doing it again!


    May 14, 2012

    Laura – I can honestly say I felt totally ready going through it. 2 months was a good amount of time.


    May 14, 2012

    GLR – It took us about 4:45 they say the average is 3 hours but we pretty much stayed with our group. Met a few people who started after us and some started before. Time was pretty much not a concern for anyone.


    May 14, 2012

    Lou-Anne – My elbows and knees have a few bruises but nothing to cry about. :)


    May 14, 2012

    OMG I just looked up tough mudder “electro shock and eel” on youtube… that looks painful! Hilarious to watch though.
    PS: I also wanted to mention that I thought it was so sweet when you offered the girl to jump together! Shows the motivation everyone must have been feeding off from one another.


    May 14, 2012

    A big hats off to you! What an accomplishment! Glad to see the allergies did not stop you. RONI (&CREW) ROCK!!!!!!!!


    May 14, 2012

    Congrats Roni! I’m so proud of you! You rock!


    May 14, 2012

    Super congratulations to you, Roni! So glad you were able to video it!
    I’ve wanted to do this for a while now but I always thought you have to be a runner – like run from obstacle to obstacle. But it looks like there are many people walking between obstacles. I wonder if it’s possible/OK to just walk fast?


    May 14, 2012

    Totally! Many people were walking. There’s was no time or clock involved. I’d just recommend starting earlier as I think there is a cut off so if you start in a later wave you may run out of time. But to give you an idea I’m pretty sure the first wave was 8AM, I started at noon, the cut off was you needed to be halfway by 3PM, I think.

    Tami @Nutmeg Notebook

    May 14, 2012

    Congratulations Roni! That is one of the craziest things I have seen lately.

    Jo Bridge

    May 14, 2012

    CONGRATULATIONS! What an amazing accomplishment :-D Just a liiiittle bit crazy but so much fun to watch. You did brilliantly! Much respect from the UK.

    Roni you ROCK!! The video is awesome and it really gives us a greater appreciation of everything you did!!! Way to go!!!!!


    May 14, 2012

    Awesome! So proud of you!


    May 14, 2012

    YAY!!! Way to go!

    Ro @ Eat Live Move

    May 15, 2012

    Congrats Roni! You rock!


    May 15, 2012

    OH MY God! I’m in awe of you and your team! You guys rocked! Wow what an incredible experience. GO RONI! :)

    Greg Barth

    May 16, 2012

    How cool! I am doing the Somerset, WI one this Saturday. I am scared and excited! Can’t wait. Nice job on completing pretty much all of the obstacles!

    Thea @ It's Me Vs. Me

    May 17, 2012

    Oh my gosh, that’s NUTS!! Dave and I have talked about doing them before. He watched the video with me and now he REALLY wants to do one. The kids were watching, too, and Emma started chanting “Do it! Do it! Do it!” when you were standing on Walk the Plank.


    May 20, 2012

    That was so much fun to watch! Good for you!

    I was on vacation when you posted this so I’m late to the party but LOVED the video! You were probably the happiest tough mudder there!

    Lara Gustafson

    June 11, 2012

    Hi Ronnie. That is quite an accomplishment I am sure. I bet you felt so overwhelmed with excitement that you completed it. I have a friend who is doing it in Vancouver, BC. I am going to do it in Calgary when it is here in 2013. Since your posting of the Mudder I was pleased to see that they do it in Canada as well. You are an inspiration and because of you I am doing it as well. I was wondering what you used to take pics while on the Tough Mudder? Any suggestions? Thank you for your time. Lara


    June 12, 2012

    I used the goPro..

    LOVE IT!!


    June 22, 2012

    congratulations! I did the Beaver Creek one 2 weeks ago and loved it. TOTALLY out of my comfort zone but signing up for it in March forced me to lose 20 lbs and work out more than I ever have in my life!


    August 4, 2012

    So Roni I’m curious, what shoes do you wear for the mud events. I would think you wouldn’t want to ruin your good running shoes. Interested in doing one of these events, but not sure what to wear? Thanks for all that you do, the blog(s) are great!


    August 6, 2012

    Candice – I actually wore just an old pair of running shoes. I’d recommend form fitting clothes. You get wet and muddy and you don’t want stuff hanging off you. It gets heavy! I was able to salvage the clothes but the shoes are gone. They actually clean them up and donate them after the event.


    March 31, 2014

    Thank you so much for posting this! I just signed up for my first Tough Mudder with my MMA studio. I’ve gotten lots of tips from your posts…still not sure if I’m more excited or nervous!! Ah!