Being a Mudder℠ is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enormous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them.
As you approach the angry beast, you can hear it clicking its 1,000 yellow tongues at you, just waiting for you to run right into its gaping mouth. Others go ahead before you and for a split second you think it will all be okay - hey, look, that guy’s making it through fine. But then he goes down, then another and yet another. You can feel the sweat on your brow as you realize, holy sh*t it’s your turn. You’re about to dash through 10,000 volts of electricity and you have no cover.
This year we’re seeing more mudders sport smartwear than ever before – worn proudly on wrists as they make their pledge. When you’ve trained so hard it’s nice to be able to see that the work’s paid off and just how far you’ve come.
Take Team Sony for example, who’ve been using Smartwear devices for the last four months to help them train for our most recent event in Yorkshire. With celebrities including singer Vanessa White and writer and broadcaster Rick Edwards, Sony’s SmartWear has certainly come in handy.
Whether you’re training for a Tough Mudder or just looking to whip yourself into summer shape, trail running is one of the most rewarding hobbies you can pick up this season.
So why should you step off the treadmill and get off your asphalt? Because trail running makes training more diverse, exciting, challenging and fun. Here are four reasons why.
If you’re getting advice from even the most seasoned World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) contenders, be sure to take it with a grain of salt (or more appropriately, sand) because for the first time ever, the extreme 24-hour military obstacle course race will be held on never-before-experienced WTM terrain--the desert sands of Las Vegas.
Remember the sheer joy you felt as a kid the first time you made it across the monkey bars? First there was the struggle as you kicked your legs and tried to get your tiny arms to yank you from one bar to the next. Next was the frustration whenever you fell or had to jump down because it got too hard. But eventually with practice, you made it across.
You’re running. Maybe it’s mile seven. You see Mudders climbing on top of and over each other as you approach what looks like Everest turned inside-out. Mud is splattered everywhere, and people are slipping and gripping each other trying to get to the top. It looks like a pile of giant ants.
This is Pyramid Scheme, one of our new 2014 obstacles, where your teammates and other Mudders are the most important asset you’ve got. Like the unsustainable business model it was named after, you’re going to have to take advantage of those around you to succeed.
If you’re getting advice from even the most seasoned World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) contenders, be sure to take it with a grain of salt (or more appropriately, sand) because for the first time ever, the extreme 24-hour military obstacle course race will be held on never-before-experienced WTM terrain—the desert sands of Las Vegas.