Let the insanity begin…

I first heard of Tough Mudder from my friend Cassie a few weeks ago. I was discussing my fitness goals  for 2013 when she suddenly piped up: “I’m really keen to do Tough Mudder.”

“Sorry, what did you say?”  I must have sounded as confused as I felt.

“Tough Mudder,” Cassie repeated helpfully.

“Huh? A tough mother?”

“No, Tough Mudder!”

Turns out Tough Mudder is not an angry woman with the biceps from hell, but an endurance race like no other. It’s even billed as the “toughest event on the planet”. Imagine a 21km course pitted with obstacles such as muddy fields, icy-cold plunge pools, three and a half metre high walls and electrified fields (no, that’s not a typo).

So what did I say to Cassie? I must have still been in a fog of confusion, because I heard myself uttering the words, “Let’s do it!”  Images of me crossing the finish line bruised and battered, but with a triumphant smile raced through my mind. “Hells yeah!”

I was full of adrenaline and good intentions and when I announced my plans to my husband that night. He looked at me incredulously and asked, “How many pull-ups can you do? You realise you have to climb up ropes?” And that’s when reality came crashing down on me.  I can’t do pull-ups. My arm muscles are weaker than Fruit Punch cordial at a tee-ball game.

“None?”  I replied reluctantly.

“And can you hang from rings? You know have to swing Tarzan style across a series of hanging rings above a pool of icy water?”

“Oh, that’s easy. I used to play on the monkey bars…”

“And when was the last time you did that?

“Ok, maybe I was eight.”

After that conversation I realised I had some training to do. Ok, a lot of training. I mean, I was actually going to be doing the equivalent of a half-marathon with 20 obstacles along the way.

So 2013 marks the Year of Tough Mudder.  I don’t have much of a choice; I’m going to get fit. I’m going to get healthy. And thanks to this blog, failing is not really an option.  So wish me luck. Me and my wimpy little arms are going to need it.


These shoes are about to get used and abused!


Samantha Shannon