In 2013, Tough Mudder changed my life! You can read more about it HERE. This year, I was excited to give it another go. I was especially excited to become a Legionnaire. Basically, as past Tough Mudders, Legionnaires go on a different loop and finish line than first time Mudders and we can opt out of Electroshock Therapy at the end. Yup, not getting electrocuted at the end sounded awesome to me!
Tough Mudder was in Lake Las Vegas this year, so we didn't have to drive 2.5 hrs to the event, it was just a quick 30 min. drive. Another plus! Saturday's weather was windy and chilly, so I was glad we were signed up on Sunday because the weather couldn't have been better! However, there were only 4 waves on Sunday and we went on the last wave. This made for a pretty sparse spectator and participant course. Yet there was no lack of camaraderie from our fellow Mudders throughout the course and at the obstacles!
This spirit of camaraderie could not have been more evident to me during my drama on Walk the Plank. I was feeling nervous when I first saw photos of other events where rather than one long platform to jump off of, there were now individual rows with planks that led out into the water for you to jump off. Just typing about it now, my palms are sweaty!! My plan was to just walk up and jump. Yea, that didn't happen. The rows were close enough were Jason and I could hold hands, but I just couldn't physically extend my arm away from my body, so I told Jason we'd count to 3 and jump. He jumped. I didn't. Our other team members jumped and Jason came back up to the platform to help me out. I just couldn't get myself to jump but the crowds on the ground and behind me in the platform weren't going to let me off that easy. I mean, that's what Tough Mudder is about, right? Overcoming your fears. Well, it took about 30 minutes, a U.S. Marine, 3 coaches from Camp Rhino, the volunteers, and basically everyone there chanting and encouraging me to overcome my fear. And even then I had to ask the volunteer to push me. I'm glad he did. I would have been very disappointed in myself if I'd turned around & climbed back down. Plus, I knew I didn't want to let all those people down. They were there for me. They didn't have to be there. But they were. They cheered me on, encouraged me to face my fear and jump, but never once made me feel bad for being scared. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Again, Tough Mudder changed my life. Again Tough Mudder showed me that I can do anything I set my mind to, even if I require a little push. I was not the strongest person there, I wasn't the fastest, but I was there, I gave it my all, and I had a blast doing it! And, I got my green 2X Tough Mudder headband :)
Big shout out to my sister for taking all these awesome photos and her hubby for coming along and cheering us on throughout the course! Love you guys :)
Have you ran a Tough Mudder event? I'd love to know what you thought about it or any other event that you felt changed you! xo