5 Days Until Tough Mudder

April 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

It all started sorta like this, “So i signed up for this event in April that sounds a lot like something you would do,” my best-friend from college (and coworker) tells me in a chat one afternoon.  “It’s this endurance race event thing that’s about 10 miles long and has a bunch of obstacles like in boot camp.  You should check it out,” he says.  I agree that does sound interesting and promise to look it up.

A couple days later I recall my promise and cruise over to the website where I spent approximately two minutes looking it over briefly before registering for the event.  I was busy at the time and simply wanted to check another item off my “to-do” list for the day.  And that may be the simplest (and dumbest) way anyone has signed up for “Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet.

It wasn’t until a couple days after signing up that I talking to someone and mentioned that I signed up for Tough Mudder and they gave me that “seriously?” expression.  This was back in December.  I wanted a goal to help drive me to better fitness but I began wondering if I had bitten off more than I could chew.  That evening I actually took to the web to read up on Tough Mudder and realized that I just might have possibly gone a bit overboard in the goal-setting department.

However, since December, I’ve made great progress among improving my fitness — and that began with signing up for something as crazy as Tough Mudder.

Back in January I completed a 26 day Detox program in which I lost nearly 15 pounds!  Not only have I lost that weight, but it’s stayed off.

Since February I’ve been exercising regularly 4-5 days a week using the P90X routine.  I’ve experienced a few minor injuries and gaps in my schedule that have prevented me from exercising rigorously at times, but I’ve stuck with it.

Not only have I been eating better, fitting in clothes I haven’t been able to wear for several years and visible look healthier, but I’ve seen measurable increases in my endurance and weight-lifting ability.  And while all that won’t help me survive Tough Mudder — signing up for Tough Mudder has challenged me to do things to improve my quality of life that I otherwise (most likely) would not have been motivated to do.

I’m now in the final days of what once seemed like a long time in the distant future when I began walking this road and as I tick off the final days on my calendar, I grow more and more anxious about the event as it draws near.  They have yet to share the course layout with us or say much of anything other than this is the “most amphibious Tough Mudder” ever — which certainly doesn’t quell my anxiety at this point.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to look at a few more pictures or watch some video to help calm my nerves…

Aaron Melton

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