Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tough Mudder

I mentioned last week that I was driving Travis and our friend Austin to Kentucky for an event called Tough Mudder. Travis has been looking forward to it for MONTHS. I have been dreading it, haha! But it was an interesting experience. 

We left Nashville around midnight on Friday (after a Die Antwoord concert, what?) and drove through the night. We got to Maysville, Kentucky around 6:30 am and ate a really disgusting breakfast at Hardee's, since it was all that was open. Fast food eggs are so gross! We parked at a school and trudged to the buses that were going to take us to the event. It made me feel like I was back in high school, waiting for my bus in the cold. 

We waited in line for them to register. Supposedly there were 10,000 people signed up for the run! I can't believe that! Thankfully everyone has an assigned start time, so everyone didn't show up at once.
They got their numbers written in permanent marker on their faces and legs. I was worried that it would be hard to get off of their faces, but it was gone by the end of the race!
Here is their before picture! How manly.
You have to jump over a wall to get to the start of the race. That is where I would have given up.

And they are off! The race is 12 miles long, with 24 obstacles designed by British special forces, or something. I wanted to see as much as I could, but there is a lot of the course that isn't visible for spectators so I tried to kill some time.
I ate french fries and read for a while. That was pretty much their vegetarian option. Well, they had soggy boca burgers and a gross looking veggie wrap too. Can you tell what I'm reading? The illustration is your clue!
Here is a silly picture of me FREEZING. It was around 45 degrees and cloudy and windy! I'm so glad I brought a blanket. Which I had expected to lay on and take a nap in the sun. I can't imagine how cold they were running the race, the were soaking wet after the second obstacle. 
My worst nightmare! Ah! Half the doors were broken too!
 I tried to make small talk to pass some time but it didn't work. I really didn't fit in, with my knit afghan, kitty phone, and Portlandia tote. But I kept reminding myself that this event wasn't made for me. Travis is such a good sport and does pretty much whatever I want, so I could make it through this one thing i wasn't really into for him. Of course afterward I'm going to come complain about it on the internet! It was actually fun by the end, just you wait.
Can you see that little line of people? I kind of zoned out and watch the racers run by for awhile. I overheard someone say that the average time was around 3 hours, so after 2 hours I took the spectator trail to try and catch up with Austin and Travis and see them do some of the obstacles. 
Look at how ominous the sky looks! It was such a weird day.
I'll show you some pictures of the actual events tomorrow!


  1. ahaha I would have given up at the wall too--but well done you for sticking with it in the freezing cold! x

  2. Love how your friend just makes that first fence look so easy! Have to say, I would love to do something like that, just maybe not after such a long drive x

  3. Oh, the things we do.... Hah!! Fun post!!

  4. Oh man, if I saw a gal with a Portlandia bag at a race like that, I'd want to say "hi" for sure. But if she were busy reading, I wouldn't want to interrupt.

  5. You're a good wife. When my husband decides to come out of his decade long exercise fast to compete in a crazy triathlon/obstacle course, I will support him, too. ;) Porta potty and all.

  6. That looks nuts! You are sweet to go along with it!

  7. Reading and french fries - now that is my speed!!!

  8. I have just found Kurt Vonnegut. And I love him! :)Great choice! I would not have lasted there.

  9. Oh my god, this looks like my idea of hell haha! And they sell portlandia totes? I only discovered portlandia last month after one of my NY friends suggested it. My lifes ambition is to move to portland ha!!


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