I don’t even know how to start this post. This weekend was a whirlwind in the best possible way ever!
Three couples (us included) traveled down to Siesta Key Florida specifically to run in the Sarasota Tough Mudder. Four of us ran.
That’s Bobby, me, Carrie and Jimmy.
We’re all a little crazy.
That’s us giving "The Billy" aka "The Husband." He’s known for either throwing up 1 of 2 fingers in every photo. We chose the more PC option. ;)
This was Carrie’s 2nd and Jimmy’s 6th Mudder…
My 2nd and Bobby’s 1st.
I’m not going to lie. I was nervous. You’d think after completing my first one the fear would be gone, but when you’re facing 12 miles, 22 obstacles, including ice baths and electric shocks, well, you tend to tense up a bit.
At the start line Carrie and I began to question our sanity.
I brought the GoPro but decided not to record as much of the event this year. I didn’t want the worry of getting everything on film like I did with my first. Plus, I already have a pretty good play-by-play mudder video from my point of view. I just didn’t see the sense in doing another.
However, I still brought the camera to capture moments and some footage. I recorded this from the start line and it pretty much sums up why I love the Tough Mudder events,
You guys know me pretty well. I’m not overly competitive with anyone but myself, I’m a team player, and I love working with people. I also really like to challenge myself both mentally and physically. <– It builds confidence. Anytime you step out of your comfort zone it does. After 7 years of blogging that’s my biggest take away.
(Note: Yea, I had to carry Bobby and I did it!!)
(Can I just tell you how psyched I was to have this picture on the Tough Mudder Facebook page!!)
And all of it is about taking chances, facing fears, and pushing myself to DO THINGS. I’m not getting any younger and I refuse to sit on the sidelines because of fear, or my own insecurities.
Believe me, I still have some. I’m not going to get into them here because at the end of the day I ignored the inner negativity and, well, damn it, I DID IT. I completed the Tough Mudder AGAIN. Did I fall off the monkey bars? Yup. Did it take me several tries and A LOT of help to make it up the half pipe? Oh boy did it ever! Did I scream at the top of my lunges running (and crawling) through the electric obstacles? Yes. Did I almost freeze at the top of the 15 foot platform before jumping? I did, but I jumped anyway.
I’m proud of myself.
I’m also proud and grateful for my friends.
We started together, we finished together, and it was AWESOME!
I don’t know what else to say besides that.
Will I do another one? You bet! Like I said after my first Mudder, I found my Basketball and apparently it’s running long distances, climbing walls, and crawling in the mud with my friends. :)
Not to mention, I love that this guy…
(and his brother) will only know me has a Tough Mudder, and not a self-conscious wall flower.
- Click here to see the video of my first Tough Mudder.
- Click here to see how I trained for the first one.