One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident

JOURNAL

St. Louis Tough Mudder Recap

10 Comments 2117 views

All the fear and trepidation about flying to a strange city specifically to run a Tough Mudder with complete strangers was eased the moment I met Kim (and her team) in person on Friday night. They were so warm, welcoming and friendly. We gave each other a great big hug and bonded while decorating shirts for the Mudder.

Saturday we woke up at the crack of dawn and headed to (what I would describe as) the middle of nowhere.

Screen Shot 2013-09-16 at 10.05.28 AM

Cell service was sketchy so I wasn’t able to post many updates. I may be the only person who likes when that happens because I get to completely disconnect — something I don’t do nearly enough.

Here’s our crazy team as we head to the start line in our matching blue shirts.

20130914_TMStLouis01

There were eight of us: From left to right below, Donna, Liz, Sheila, Kim, Adam, me, Emily, and Cory.

20130914_TMStLouis02

Kim was really excited and EXACTLY how I pictured her from our email exchanges.

20130914_TMStLouis03

It’s so funny and many won’t believe me, but for as many people I meet from the site who tell me “I feel like I know you” the feeling is usually mutual. I don’t hold much back on the blog, so if we chat in email or on Facebook it’s me, like really me.

During the event we had our own personal photographer.  Megan, Kim’s daughter, was snapping from the spectator points. She was amazing!

20130914_TMStLouis04

This was my sixth Tough Mudder and it was the muddiest one yet!

20130914_TMStLouis05

And let me tell you, there’s something extra special squishy and sticky about Missouri mud.

20130914_TMStLouis06

We sloshed through, slipping and sliding.

20130914_TMStLouis07

And that’s how teams bond during a Mudder.

20130914_TMStLouis08

Kim, Donna and I chatted a bunch on the course. It was so great getting to know these amazing people.

20130914_TMStLouis09

There were a lot of smiles.

20130914_TMStLouis10

But we were working our tails off.

20130914_TMStLouis11

And the sense of accomplishment was rampant in the best way possible as we tacked obstacle after obstacle.

20130914_TMStLouis12

Everyone did an amazing job and we conquered each obstacle as a team. After 11 miles and 16 obstacles we were exhausted and the thought of making it up the half pipe was daunting.

20130914_TMStLouis13

But we dived right in! That’s me taking the leap …

20130914_TMStLouis14

And getting up on my very first try!

20130914_TMStLouis15

We worked as a team and got everyone up that darn pipe. This is Kim’s first and only attempt as well!

20130914_TMStLouis16

Megan snapped so many pictures I just had to turn it into an animated gif for her.

20130914_KimHalfPipe

We totally rocked it!

20130914_TMStLouis17

Here we are in the half pipe afterglow as the finish line was in sight.

20130914_TMStLouis18

This is my favorite picture of the day. I was so proud and happy for Kim I can’t think about it without tearing up.

20130914_TMStLouis19

She did it.

She shoved herself out of her comfort zone, overcame her fears and accomplished something she never thought possible.

I’m so proud of our team and I feel honored I got to be a part of their first Tough Mudder.

20130914_TMStLouis20

Note: That Guy in the back with the open mouth totally photobombed us and it CRACKS me up ever time I see it.

The whole experience has renewed my love of the Tough Mudder. After taking a few months off after the Double Header I was having my doubts but it was just as fun as I remembered. I can’t wait until Kentucky next month!

My other Tough Mudder events:

  1. Tough Mudder PA 2021 – My First one! 
  2. Tough Mudder Florida 2012
  3. Tough Mudder SoCal 2013
  4. (and 5) Tough Mudder Mid Atlantic – My Double Header!

Huge shout out to froyo18 on Instagram for all the photos! Thanks, Megan!



Leave a comment

I’d love to hear your story or thoughts on mine.

However, to prevent the massive amounts of spam I was receiving I have turned off comments on any post older than 5 days old. If you'd like to leave me a note regarding this post or anything really try me on twitter (@RoniNoone,) my Facebook page, or even IG (@RoniNoone) I'm so sorry for the inconvenience. I never thought I'd have to do this but it's gotten way out of hand and comment management has become simply too time consuming to manage.

Discussion

There are 10 comments so far.

    Carrie

    September 16, 2013

    ahhh..I miss it!! Awesome job ladies!!! So happy for you all!!! Way to earn those headbands!!!

    Amanda West

    September 16, 2013

    You are so amazing Roni! I don’t know if I could ever guts my way into a tough mudder, but it’s fun watching you do them. Congrats on a great event!

    Dana

    September 16, 2013

    Us mid westerners are friendly folks! And yes, it looks like you were in the middle of no where! Glad you are a trusting sole! Way to go Roni, Kim and team! You didn’t comment if there was ‘shocking’ water or whatever it is that you’ve endured in the past Mudders.

      RoniNoone

      September 16, 2013

      Oh Dana.. YES! There was shocks, icy waters and mud, lots and lots of mud. lol Tough Mudders always have electricity, ice water and tall walls to climb. That’s their trademark.

    Emily Sandford

    September 16, 2013

    This post is so full of awesomeness I can’t stop grinning.

    elaine

    September 16, 2013

    You make me want to do a tough mudder! I’m really thinking about trying one in the spring.

    Kim Davis Fearn

    September 16, 2013

    I am honored to be a page in Roni’s blog. For years I scrolled her pages and enjoyed her posts. NEVER did I think I would be featured several times! First let me say Roni is exactly the same as you see her on her blogs. She is so real it’s surreal! When we were doing the mudder and talking and muddin’ it up – I would catch myself thinking – I am doing 11 miles and umpteen obstacles with someone I met via the net! This is crazy good yet crazy perfect! If ANYONE is thinking about doing ANYTHING outside of their comfort zone – I say ROCK ON WITH YOUR BAD SELF! Do it! I don’t care what it is that you do – just get uncomfortable! It is epic! You won’t regret it! Thank you Roni! Thank you so much!!!

    Sammy @ Peace Love & Ice Cream

    September 17, 2013

    This post is awesome! You can see the excitement in each of your faces in every picture! Congrats to you guys on completing this super cool race – you must feel like a million bucks! You are all such inspirations!
    -Sammy @ peaceandloveandicecream.blogspot.com

    hibiscus101

    October 20, 2013

    Have you ever done a Tough Mountain Challenge? A friend of mine did one this year. I hear its just as nutty as the Tough Mudder.

      RoniNoone

      October 21, 2013

      I haven’t but it looks fun!