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St. Louis Tough Mudder Recap

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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.

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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.


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


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


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!


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


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


We sloshed through, slipping and sliding.


And that’s how teams bond during a Mudder.


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


There were a lot of smiles.


But we were working our tails off.


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


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.


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


And getting up on my very first try!


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


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


We totally rocked it!


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


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.


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.


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!

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There are 10 comments so far.


    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!


    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.


      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.


    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 @


    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.


      October 21, 2013

      I haven’t but it looks fun!