Just like most people, I’m only human 🙂 This ultimately means I can’t be everywhere at once and I can’t enter every event that happens!
But I’m lucky enough to know a few real life Wonder Women and Laura Pirovano is one of them! On Saturday 21st September, Laura took on what is probably the toughest event on the planet…Tough Mudder!
“Tough Mudder® events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, determination, and camaraderie. Only 78% of entrants successfully complete each challenge. As the leading company in the booming obstacle course industry, Tough Mudder® has already challenged half a million inspiring participants worldwide. But Tough Mudder® is more than an event, it’s a way of thinking. By running Tough Mudder®, you’ll unlock a true sense of accomplishment, have a great time, and discover a camaraderie with your fellow participants that’s experienced all too rarely these days.”
Here’s Laura’s story…
Why Tough Mudder?
Tough Mudder is described as one of the toughest events on the planet and if you like challenges like I do then this is something I highly recommend to you.
Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge and the best way to accomplish a challenge is with the help of your friends. So find a bunch of crazy friends, get them a bit tipsy and convince them that they will love running through mud, fire, ice-water and electric shocks… or that they will see a lot of fit guys on the day 😉
Tough Mudder is a team challenge and you will definitely need the help of your friends to overcome some obstacles (how can I climb a 12 feet wall when I am only 5.3?)
|ready to tock and roll 🙂|
In terms of training I did some running, cycling, bootcamps and weights. We are lucky enough to live in a country where it rains quite a lot, so this is one time not to whinge about the weather! Go out and train with rain and snow, this will help you a lot during the day. I have been training on Clapham Common the whole year, early starts with rain and snow…there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes.
You see all sorts of costumes at Tough Mudder, from people running in suits to mankinis, a group of guys on a stag do running with an inflatable doll :s
Tip: …We opted for a team vest with our logo on the front (I.C.B. or International Crazy Bitches) and our name printed on the back. I highly recommend to print your name as spectators and fellow mudders cheer for you while running!
Tip: Keep your legs covered and use some good trail shoes that you have used for a while, tighten your laces really tight or you can easily lose a trainer in thick mud. Fingerless workout gloves are a good idea too to prevent cuts and scrapes.
Make sure you’re fully hydrated before the race or you’ll suffer, get lots of water and BCAA. Also make sure to get a good nights sleep and a good breakfast (you will need a lot of energy during the race!)
You will push your body and mind to their absolute limits, but the feeling you get when you make it over an obstacle is amazing! This challenge is fun, I have never enjoyed a sport event so much! …make sure you enjoy every single moment, every obstacle, every deep breath taken before you start an obstacle.
|obstacle?! what obstacle?!|
It will be all worth it in the end and I can’t really describe the feeling of crossing the finish line…you will have to find the words for it by doing it next year 😉
|Finishers tshirt and a chilled drink! yup!|