Tough Mudder

  • RoadRunnerVA

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    Jun 30, 2011 2:09 AM GMT
    Any of you guys do the Tough Mudder event? I'm training for mine coming up in October here in Virginia with brothers and friends. I'd like to know how training is going, any tips you could provide, and if you've done Tough Mudder - what should I expect?

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  • groundcombat

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    Jun 30, 2011 7:06 AM GMT
    Yup I did SoCal back in May. The thing I love about TM is that they're so geographically spread out that each course can be completely different. SoCal looked much "cleaner" than some of the other courses as the soil is drier out here. The elevation change was nuts here though.

    It was tough but so much fun. Next year I'd train more hill intervals and get more work on swimming in shoes in a crowd of peolple. I damn near drowned this year.

    Good luck!
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    Jul 03, 2011 11:43 PM GMT
    groundcombat, did you run with a group or solo? I want to run a Tough Mudder, but I have had trouble getting friends interested in running one with me in the past...and some of the obstacles seem virtually impossible to get through without help from fellow runners.
  • groundcombat

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    Jul 05, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    I ran it with one other buddy so we were an unofficial team of two. And yes the SoCal course had at least two obstacles that were pretty much impossible without help. You don't necessarily need to be running with a group to have people help you out though. Most people just get helped from anyone available, then help a few others before they continue on their way.

    The camaraderie among strangers (in SoCal no less) was one of the most awesome parts about it. There were plenty solos in the race.


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    Oct 02, 2011 3:56 AM GMT
    There are a few groups from DC going up for the VA Mudder. Can't wait!
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    Oct 02, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    Attending the Dec. 3rd TM down here in FL. CAN'T WAIT!!!
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    Dec 05, 2011 4:19 PM GMT
    Just completed Tough Mudder FL, yesterday, and am fairly able to walk, today...icon_redface.gif
  • Whipmagic

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    Sep 16, 2012 2:41 AM GMT
    Just did a TM in Wisconsin. Had a great time. The weather was perfect for running shirtless, the water obstacles actually refreshing, and I was in the first starting wave, so no wait at the obstacles. I didn't have a team, but could do all obstacles except the greased quarterpipe on my own. And there someone was kind enough to catch me and pull me up. I'll do it again in a heartbeat.
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    Sep 16, 2012 9:10 PM GMT
    im doing the tough mudder in the uk in november, cant quite understand why they chose to do it in november: its going to be freezing!

    whats the best/worst/most fun/hardest obstacle guys?
  • Whipmagic

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    Sep 16, 2012 9:32 PM GMT
    foxy31 saidim doing the tough mudder in the uk in november, cant quite understand why they chose to do it in november: its going to be freezing!

    whats the best/worst/most fun/hardest obstacle guys?


    I really appreciated the good weather when I ran it. A bit chilly at the start, but then it warmed up quickly, and the water obstacles were actually quite refreshing. I almost wanted to spend more time in the pond at mile ten because it felt so good.

    As to best obstacles, I enjoyed anything muddy and confining, so the tubes and the trenches were my favorites. The hardest by far was the greased quarterpipe. It was the second to last obstacle, and doing an all-out sprint after running for eleven miles isn't that easy, at least for me. Also, I ran solo, and there was no way I could make it up there all by myself. Fortunately, two army guys pulled me up eventually, but it took me four tries. The electric obstacles aren't as bad as they seem, think electric fly swatter, not stun gun.
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    Oct 21, 2012 12:44 AM GMT
    Just ran Tough Mudder Kentucky today. It was awesome.
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    Oct 21, 2012 12:52 AM GMT
    Rockbiter saidJust ran Tough Mudder Kentucky today. It was awesome.


    First of all, awesome username.

    I missed out on Tough Mudder when it was over here; I found out about it only a couple days before hand and didn't have time to register and stuff. Ugh.
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    Oct 24, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    Wow, I was just in Portland a few weeks ago. I'm kind of hooked on them now and was just on the website looking at the upcoming locations. The thought did cross my mind to buy the "season pass" (just $500) and try to do a bunch of them. And then I started looking at the European locations. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 24, 2012 4:47 AM GMT
    Never been to this, but I have wetdreams about this occasionally... icon_biggrin.gificon_cool.gificon_twisted.gif
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    Oct 24, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    Signed up for May 2013 in Toronto... Can't wait!!
  • 1blind_dog

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    Oct 24, 2012 5:05 AM GMT
    Ran TM in September in Wisconsin. Not much elevation change there. They emphasize helping others and not leaving anyone behind. Expect a wait at Mt. Everest but its fun to watch everyone attempt to get up. Some good bloopers in there. Of the two electrical obstacles, the one you run through isn't bad. The Electric Eel is the one that sucks. Yeah, it's no stun gun but it's not a "finger in the socket" charge either. 10,000 volts to the back is not fun. You crawl under barbed wire with the dangling wires in muddy water. Problem is even if you don't get shocked you feel it when someone else does, but you'll know when it's indirect cause it's not nearly as bad. A direct hit will definitely freeze you up. Funny to hear everyone yell til it happens to you. Be sure to wear shoes that can get muddy and wet but still stay on tight.
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    Dec 10, 2012 3:07 PM GMT
    Running the March 2013 TM in Florida with a buddy that moved down there.
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    Dec 10, 2012 3:11 PM GMT
    Not signed up for this yet but probably going to do it summer 2013 in the UK.
  • Medjai

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    Dec 10, 2012 3:25 PM GMT
    I haven't signed up because I don't know where I'll be this summer, but it's either Vancouver in June or Calgary in July.
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    Dec 10, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    There's an article about the event in today's New York Times
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    Dec 10, 2012 3:36 PM GMT
    I'm doing Tough Mudder in Phoenix, Arizona(Mesa) on January 15th!!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 10, 2012 3:42 PM GMT
    Its fun! Really not that much pure "strength" required. Lots of endurance and lots and lots of running. Its not so much the distance, but the fact that you're covered in mud and wet that slows you down.
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    May 03, 2013 3:55 PM GMT
    Yeah, the one last March was definitely "Tough," but more of a mental challenge. I am running it again this year in either June or October lol.