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    tough mudder or other obstacle course

    This morning I signed up for a tough mudder course in Plymouth WI next fall with a group of my high school friends. I found a bunch of training videos on You Tube and this next 11 months will be very interesting.

    Has anyone done one of these obstacle course type competitions?
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    I ran one back in '97.





    In all seriousness...

    I wont run a Tough Mudder (or similar course) because I don't like how expensive they are and I have heard too many truly horrible stories (many of them first-hand) about participants getting infections and serious injuries.

    I have a few friends who have run with some good experiences though and one thing to keep in mind before you head into is that you will not be running fast. No matter how fast of a runner you might be, how good of shape you might be in, or how much you trained. The organizers sell A LOT of entries so even with the multiple starting waves, the obstacles can get very congested very quickly. If you go into the race expecting this, you will get less frustrated and have more fun. Also, if it isn't too late, you and your friends should sign up for the absolute earliest starting wave that you can.
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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post

    I wont run a Tough Mudder (or similar course) because I don't like how expensive they are and I have heard too many truly horrible stories (many of them first-hand) about participants getting infections and serious injuries.

    I have a few friends who have run with some good experiences though and one thing to keep in mind before you head into is that you will not be running fast. No matter how fast of a runner you might be, how good of shape you might be in, or how much you trained. The organizers sell A LOT of entries so even with the multiple starting waves, the obstacles can get very congested very quickly. If you go into the race expecting this, you will get less frustrated and have more fun. Also, if it isn't too late, you and your friends should sign up for the absolute earliest starting wave that you can.
    I am not sure if it is the earliest, but it is a Saturday morning start. A buddy of mine has done 2 of them, and that was the time he suggested (and we got) so we don't get backed up as much at the obstacles. We all decided to run it as a team, and one of the guys on the team is quite a bit overweight. He said this, along with a bit of a group challenge that if he doesn't complete the course, he pays us back our entry fees, is the incentive he needs to get back into shape. Even with that, I don't think we will be running at top speed.

    The buddy who has done it a few times said that it is more about having fun, than going fast.
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    I ran in the "Run for Your Lives" zombie obstacle course race and it was great fun, but mostly because of the zombies. I would do that one again, but I doubt I'd do a non-zombie obstacle course, I just don't want to slither under electrified wires and jump into icy water badly enough. But, it would be a great feeling of accomplishment to actually finish the Tough Mudder.

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    You didn't run a Tough Mudder event unless you post 3,000 pictures of it and brag about it to everyone you know.

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    I'm intrigued at the idea, but things like the Mudder are pretty expensive. I'd rather get a park permit and go trail run any day.
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