When I agreed to run Tough Mudder, I was woefully unprepared.
It’s a course I’ve had on my to-do list since its inception in Australia a few years ago, but every time it comes around I find myself doing something else (like… fossilising my couch).
This year, I had no choice. I was invited along, and I had no excuse to say no.
Still, I had concerns. I go to the gym pretty regularly, but my routine doesn’t exactly involve anything intensive. My upper body strength is… shall we say, limited. I’m also petrified of monkey bars.
But despite now nursing very sore shoulders, I had a freaking ball of a time. Here are nine things I walked away thinking.
1. You get mud in places you didn’t know possible.
This one sort of goes without saying. Mud gets everywhere and it will begin to feel like your feet will forever squelch. For a moment I genuinely feared I was going to get an ear infection but that was just the hypochondriac on my shoulder talking.
Soon enough, you embrace the mud. Heck, you might even smear it all over your face. And you’re just fine.