This 81-year-old Woman Completed a Tough Mudder (Twice) So You Have No Excuse
81-year-old Mildred Wilson has just completed her second Tough Mudder in Missouri, having crushed the course previously in 2019. This year she ran in honour of her late husband Farrell, who cheered her across the finish line as she earned her first orange headband.
QUESTION: WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU DID SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME?
At Tough Mudder events all over the world, we like asking this question. In fact, in our everyday lives we try to ask this question too. It doesn’t have to be a grand accomplishment. You don’t have to go breaking world records, summiting the highest peaks on Earth, or tackling World’s Toughest Mudder (though we do like that one). Instead, we encourage you to step outside your comfort zone, take the path less travelled, and do things a little differently throughout your day. That could look like taking on a 5k run at your local park run.
81-year-old Mildred Wilson gets a whole lot of bragging rights for accomplishing two Tough Mudder obstacle courses in Missouri, the first shortly after her 80th birthday. Her son had approached her about completing a Tough Mudder 5K months before the event and her reaction was a resounding, “hell, yeah.”
“First I went to the doctor,” she told local KFVS 12. She decided if she was doing it, she was doing the whole thing.
With her doctor’s approval, she joined a local YMCA, started training, and got herself ready for the mud. Her husband Farrell was her biggest supporter throughout her training. “She’s tough, I knew she could handle it,” he said.
And sure enough, on event day, Mildred crushed every obstacle and found most to be a little easier than she expected.
“Except for the wall! I always wanted to try that wall. I realised it wasn’t a piece of cake. It took a whole village to get me up,” she said in reference to Everest.
And now for the update we were all waiting for: 81-year-old Mildred Wilson crushed her second Tough Mudder. She’s an inspiration to us and we can’t wait to see her continue to crush it on course.
Start writing your own inspirational story and secure your spot in the mud. Seriously, future you will thank you.