Race Review: Tough Mudder Tri-State
October 12, 2013
I haven’t really been talking a lot about this race because well I didn’t really train for it! 10-12 miles and 20 plus obstacles, yes I know I should have trained. I ran a few long runs of 8-10 miles with some added in push-ups and lots of strength training on the side. I did pretty well for not training all that much. Ok back to the review!
The tough mudder race starts in waves and you can pretty much start when you want to. I like the flexibility of it. If you perform better later in the day you can start later, up until about 12:30 PM. The starting area was nice, lots of room for your muddy bodies, a big bathroom section and plenty of snacks to eat. There was a $5 baggage check fee, but the money went 100% to the Wounded Warrior Fund. There were also a few obstacles you could practice on as well as some walls to climb over. We used the wall for a team picture opportunity.
Lining up for the start of was unlike any race I’ve ever ran. You start by climbing over a wall… Yes to even get to the start line you have to climb an 7 foot wall! After everyone in your start wave gets over you get a military style prep talk about team work. I really loved the team environment. The race is not timed the one goal is to simply finish with your team. Once we yelled out a few hoorahs we were on our way.
The race is not marked by miles so its pretty hard to do a mile by mile review. Sorry about the photo dump but it’s about the only way to describe things!
Crawling underneath fences in a foot of water, I hope you’re not claustrophobic
The course takes place partly on a motocross track so get used to running up steep short inclines. The whole course was so muddy. The best thing you can do is embrace the dirt!
I didn’t make it much farther than this on the monkey bars, next year I will train for this.
Yes that s real barbed wire.
HINT: Wear football gloves to protect your hands from getting all cut up.
The walk the blank obstacle was one of the hardest for me. You have to climb up a steep wall and jump into deep muddy waters. After this race I’m beginning to think I have a slight fear of heights.
Jumping over fire and having to give your heavy boyfriend a piggy back ride, yep that’s all included in the race!
Arctic Enema is one that most people fear. It was freezing cold and you have to swim under neath a wall in the water. If you are sensitive to cold this one will hurt you. My hands hurt from the cold for a few minutes after going in this.
Plenty of walls to climb over. My favorite obstacle was the mud mile. Up and over too many mud hills to count. I love that everyone was one team, all helping each other. I’m also pretty sure that this is where I got many of my bruises. Between each hill was a 3 feet deep pit of water making things very slippery and difficult.
The second to last obstacle was called Everest. You run as fast as you can up the half-pipe and hope that someone can help you pull yourself up. I’m pretty proud to have actually done this one!
The last obstacle was a run through electric shocks. I almost didn’t do it, I admit watching people to the ground in pain was not helping me. But I did it. I figured that if I had made it that far over coming my fears I should go ahead and finish 100%. I have no pictures of this… I can’t share everything with you. You need to run it yourself!
The finish was … Muddy! After finishing you get to pick up your shirt and headband, since you are all muddy they will get dirty but at that point you are so used to being dirty you don’t care. In the finish shoot there was plenty of water and snacks. There was also a rinse station where you could shower off. I chose to let myself dry off and try my best to scrub off the cakes of dirt.
Overall a great team building race. Lots of fun but expect many cuts and bruises. My legs and arms looked awful the next day. My upper body was sooo sore! I’m pretty proud of myself for at least attempting every obstacle.
Pros: Very well organized, plenty of water and fuel stops along the course, Good race support, Plenty of emergency help at the events, the course is a bit of a mystery, if you need to skip an obstacle you can.
Cons: No medal, You will have to conquer some fears!
I highly recommend any tough mudder race in your area. You will be pushed to the limit but the end result is worth it. It is sort of like one really long fun bootcamp class.
Oh and make sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind throwing away!