"Heyni, why the happy face?" you may be asking yourself right now. Well, the joyful face before you is the product of finishing the Tough Mudder yesterday. The Tough Mudder is a 12 mile course full of obstacles, that include but not limited to, running through fire, climbing over twelve foot walls, running up a quarter pike, jumping into a FREEZING lake, and finally running through electrified wires. Oh yeah, there was A LOT of mud; a lot of it. It was really hard...for me. By mile 8 I had hit my wall, and by mile 10 I could no longer run and wanted to die. The hardest part was all the water involved in the obstacles. I have never been that could for that long in my whole life. Those who know me realize how intolerant I am of the cold. That being said, I'm glad I did it, and I've already signed up for another one. Woo hoo!
|Leather jacket: Bought in Rome; T-shirt: Tough Mudder finish line; Jeans: NY&Company; Boots: ...me Too; Bracelet: gift|
The first obstacle consisted of crawling underneath barbed wire and in the mud. I didn't know it was barbed wire, because the wire was covered in icicles. Yes, it was literally freezing outside. When I crawled out, I came up too soon and scratched myself. I didn't realize this until the end when my friend, Amanda, saw the scratch. This same friend also took some quite amusing pictures of me during this ordeal. Please enjoy:
|Jason, me, Joel, Jay, and Steve is the guy waving in the back.|
|Me, Jay (behind me), Steve|
Joel is trying to reason with me at this point to jump off.
Crawling in water (This water was actually shallow, so that by that time it was actually warm.) between electrified wires. Fortunately, my shoulders were so narrow that I got through without being shocked. The other guys were not so fortunate.
Trying to cross the balance beam...unsuccessfully. I fell into more frigid water. :) Matt, my high school friend, was the only one who got across.
|Carrie, Steve, Joel, Jay, Matt, Jay (or Jason), and me|