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Tough Mudder Florida 2012

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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.

Before the tough mudder

That’s Bobby, me, Carrie and Jimmy.

We’re all a little crazy.

Before tough  mudder giving the billy

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.

There’s mud….

me in the mud at the tough mudder

electric shocks…

carrying people…

(Note: Yea, I had to carry Bobby and I did it!!)

and climbing…

(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.

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There are 28 comments so far.

    Michelle H

    December 4, 2012

    I am trying to picture you as a wall flower :) Way to go I am so very proud and now inspired


      December 5, 2012

      I can’t picture that (wallflower) either :-) Way to go Roni!


    December 4, 2012

    You are an inspiration to all of us! Thank you for being you. Congrats on finishing another Tough Mudder!!


    December 4, 2012

    We are proud and grateful for you too :) I could have done without the fire ants, electricity and ice…but all was a good time ;) until next time!

    jennifer p

    December 5, 2012

    i know you will hear this alot.but i have to say it’re an inspiration.and you’re a ROCKSTAR.

    Erica House

    December 5, 2012

    This is one of my ultimate fitness goals!


    December 5, 2012

    Wow. What an inspiration! Starting exercising is so hard, but the good point after a while is you are able to do awesome things such as this kind of run! Motivation can get you really far!


    December 5, 2012

    You rock! Awesome job, awesome recap. I haven’t done a Tough Mudder, maybe someday, but I’m so proud that my son will only know me as a marathoner rather than huffing and puffing out of shape mom. I’m really grateful I stumbled upon your website many years ago.


    December 5, 2012

    I hope that photo that got on the Tough Mudder FB page is posted on your fridge right now. The bod of an athelete and you look so cute with that determined grimace!!

    Laura Copeland

    December 6, 2012

    You rock! I’ve been checking out your blog for advice on training for Tough Mudder. I aspire to do it in June 2013 in VA Beach. :)


    December 6, 2012

    This is so cool. Dave and I are waiting to see what the Mid-Atlantic location is next year…location is going to determine if we sign up. I can’t believe I am even considering it, LOL!


    December 7, 2012

    Sooooooooooo awesome!!

    Lisa Harper

    December 7, 2012

    LOVE IT!!! :)

    Ben Teal

    December 9, 2012

    I have a small moment of pride every time I see one of your TM posts! You rocked it (there was never any doubt).

    These races are so addicting. I did 3 TM and 2 Spartan’s this year, and I’m already game planning 2013!

    Way to go Roni!


    January 22, 2013

    You’re pretty amazing! Wow… Just Wow

    Christina savage

    February 9, 2013

    i am doing my tough mudder with three girlfriends and we all have majorly different running speeds…your first video showed alot of walking people. should I worry about our different speeds or expect we all will be slow? and after three tm…would you change what shoes or clothes you wore?


      February 11, 2013

      I run when I can and walk when I need to. If you are in a group of varying speeds you just have to decide if you are going to stick together. There’s never really more than 1-2 miles of running straight until you hit an obstacle so that slows everyone down. It’s really not a “Race” it’s an experience. Don’t worry about time.

      As for close, I’ve worn the same shoes and pants for all them. My suggestion is form fitting. You don’t want muddy, wet close hanging on you!

      Anne B

      March 22, 2013

      My friends were about evenly dividing between fit people and getting-fit people, so we essentially ran in two separate groups and just met up at each of the obstacles. It worked out pretty well and by having those meet-ups, we were able to finish together without the fit group having to sit there and wait for 45min while the others caught up. Also, I’d recommend an early start time – course gets pretty crowded as the day wears on.

    Natalia Reynolds Burleson

    March 20, 2013

    Wow that’s awesome!! I love reading about your experience with these races! :)

    Anne B

    March 22, 2013

    This post really resonated with me. Last year about this time, I hurried from my basement to attic (3 flights of stairs) and found myself completely out of breath. Yes, I knew I was 60+lbs over weight, but it really hit home that at 38, I was ridiculously out of shape. Decided to train for a Tough Mudder as motivation and, despite only losing 5 lbs in the process, completed it. Since then, I’m staying motivated by running 1 race/month, mostly 5k’s for now. My first race this year was a 2.3 mile trail run – I’d mainly trained on flats, and was completely unprepared for the large elevation changes. Out of ~20 people, I came in DEAD LAST, but as I was having some water, my 3-year-old daughter says, ‘Mom, we saw the cutest dog while you were out there winning the race’. And at that moment, regardless of my showing, I really felt like I did. I’d been so worried that my exercise time was taking away from them, but as it turns out, it’s just the opposite. So anyway, I loved your post, thanks for putting words and pics so well to an experience that I’m starting to feel. Good luck in your next TM!


    April 18, 2013

    I just completed my first TM in Sydney and it was an awesome experience, one that I would recommend to anyone. Its a great thing to challenge the body and mind and complete things that you didnt think yourself capable. I know I felt on top of the world at the end of the 20km and 21 obstacles being done!!

    Vicky Harinski

    December 10, 2013

    You go girl and amazing work to get there!!


    January 28, 2014

    You totally inspired me. I just did my first obstacle race (Spartan), it was tough as hell, and I loved it and can’t wait for the next one… And thanks for the advice in your other post about capri running pants, they totally saved my butt (and thighs, and knees…) Now, if I had only gotten around to picking up gloves like you had recommended! If you haven’t done a Spartan, you should definitely consider it – I tried to give a summary of the obstacles:


    February 7, 2014

    Looks like it was a blast! I’m not too sure about those electrical shocks though :) Great job!

    Aqiyl Aniys

    March 15, 2014

    Congratulations on completing the Mudder! I did it last year with an injured leg, but I toughed it out and crossed the finish line.


    October 5, 2014

    Just wow!! Well done!


    October 29, 2014

    How long after your tummy tuck did you do your first tough mudder?


      October 29, 2014

      Years, 6 I think.