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A Tough Mudder Weekend, Sensational Sunday and Unmotivated Monday All in One

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I don’t even know where to begin. I finally have a moment to sit at my desk and my head is spinning. The past 3 days have been insane.

Let’s see … Friday I left bright and early for Lexington, KY. It was finally time to run a Tough Mudder with Ann and Megan, the winners of my Tough Mudder Madness contest. But first I got to spend the day with these amazing people.


From left to right that’s Jimmy, Tiger, me, Emmie, and Alan.

Emmie was our gracious host, acting as Lexington tour guide and letting us all crash at her house. She took us to the racetrack and a fabulous restaurant, but I’ll share that all on TheUnworldlyTravelers when I get a chance. If I go into too many details this post will be a novel. Plus I’m on the clock as Little Bean is napping.

Anyway, the next day the Tough Mudder team was ready. Well, as ready as you can be on a cold October day facing 12 miles and 21 obstacles.


I was REALLY cold but super excited to be doing my seventh Mudder.


The course was tough and the weather wasn’t helping but we gave it our all.


Not everyone was able to finish the course but I don’t want to focus on that. Everyone on this Mudder team did their absolute best. We all faced fears, took on the challenge and worked together as a team.

It was an AMAZING experience and I’m SO proud of everyone.

The next day (Sunday) I woke up bright and early for my 7 a.m. flight making it home in time to take this guy to his best friend’s birthday bowling party.

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Then we went grocery shopping for the week.

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The rest of Sunday we just chilled as a family. It was so nice to make dinner and eat with the family. The Husband left for tennis practice afterwards  and The 8-year-old and I fell asleep on the couch watching the Food Network.

That’s why I didn’t blog last night.

I was exhausted.

This morning I had to take the 2-year-old to the doctor for what we thought was a crazy allergic reaction but what may have been the first stage of another nasty stomach bug. The poor little guy has been camping out all morning with his water, animal crackers and Thomas on the iPad.


Me? Well I’m in my typical post-event funk. I feel like I have a million things to do and no time (or motivation) to do them. So I decided to cook something creative for lunch to cheer myself up.


That’s a kabocha squash chili I made this morning. I’m hoping to get the recipe up on GreenLiteBites sometimes in the next two days but with a doctor appointment tomorrow and speaking engagement, I’m not so sure.

Oh! and I lost my damn Fitbit! I don’t know how. The last time I saw it it was clipped to my bra and when I went to check my steps last night it was gone. It can be anywhere between Lexington and here so I really have no hope of finding it. I’m wondering if it fell off while sleeping in the plane all crunched over. Who knows.

OK, I’m going to run. Miraculously the 2-year-old is still sleeping so I’ll start prepping some kabocha chili photos now. Maybe I can squish that one in too! :)

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There are 11 comments so far.


    October 21, 2013

    Awe – hope the little guy feels better soon.

    Kentucky is a place I want to visit. Hopefully there was a place to grab a hot shower after the mudder. Too bad about your Fitbit. Hopefully your GoPro made it back home.

    If you like Guy Fieri, you should watch his new show Guy’s Grocery Games. It aired for the first time last night and I thought it was great!


    October 21, 2013

    Congrats on the Tough Mudder and making it on a 7am flight the next day! That must have been exhausting!

    I lost my Fitbit a few months ago, emailed their customer service and they helped me out with a replacement. Give it a try!

    Jamie Bolander Weitl

    October 21, 2013

    You should hold out and get the Flex or the Force. It’s a lot easier to keep track of on your wrist. :)

    Hope little guy feels better soon.


    October 21, 2013

    There’s still a part of me that wants to do a Tough Mudder. Maybe one of these days…

    Cheryll C

    October 21, 2013

    I would contact fitbit. Mine was stolen out of my car and when I emailed them (to see if it could be tracked or inactivated) they replaced it at no charge! Excellent customer service!

    Nancy B.

    October 22, 2013

    Fitbit will replace lost fitbits! Call customer service!


    October 22, 2013

    hey/..hope the little boy is better now…


    November 10, 2013

    I’ve heard other Mudders say that the Kentucky course that day was one of the tougher ones they’ve done. I’m undertaking my second mudder in June 2014 and that course on Saturday is my only comparison. Any thoughts?


      November 11, 2013

      YES! Kentucky was one of the harder courses in my opinion. Which one are you running in June?

    Kirsten Leah

    April 11, 2014

    Since you’re doing so many Tough Mudders, come to Colorado in September! It’s the best one. ;) It’ll be my 2nd, so I’m getting back into TM-specific training mode, and I love it so much! I’m glad I found your blog so I can read through all your mudtastic posts!


    June 26, 2015

    I ran tough mudder with friends this year however because I had an issue affecting my performance from the start I was told after the event a few days later that they were angry with me that they didn’t get the finishing time they wanted and that I should have apologised to them for this on the day as well as feel remorseful. I thought their attitude sucked and was surprised that my friends would be like that as if it happened to them on the day I would be there for them and not angry or frustrated neither would I care about the finish time. I saw a side of them I didn’t like and it put a negative spin on my first tough mudder. It shouldn’t be like that with friends in a team so I’m not running with them again and sadly it is affecting my choice to be friends with them as I can’t abide such attitudes. I am not sure how to go forward from here. Has anyone else had anything similar happen to them?