So The Badass Belles did Tough Mudder again this past weekend, for the second time. First of all, I have to say that I LOVE our team. On the drive up to Mount St Louis Moonstone Ski resort at 6 am we were all wondering why the hell we had signed up for more mud, blisters, freezing water and calf cramps. We debated playing hookie and heading to one teammate’s nearby cottage for wine and board games instead…we stopped at Starbucks, discussed wedding dresses and generally avoided the conversation about the impending reality of running hills for 16 km through 20 obstacles of fire, mud and barbed wire while being soaking wet – in 4 C (39F) weather.
But, we did still did it. I have to say that had it not been for our team, none of us would have finished it. It was the COLDEST Mudder event in history ( as far as we know) and despite the hypothermia blankets that were passed out by event staff, we were basically icicles. One guy had a calf cramp so bad he had to be carried away in a stretcher.
So why did 5 women in their 30s sign up for such masochistic torture designed to train British Special Forces?? Well, for starters – we get to legitimately rock animal print leggings (Never underestimate the power of matching animal print and neon pink to rally a team!) But in all seriousness, here are some lessons learned from this year’s Tough Mudder.
1) Share the Burden: If you find yourself stuck in the mud, missing a shoe and about to have a mental fit, that’s when your team pulls you out and carries you forward. There’s something so powerful about being part of a team that has your back!
2) Find Good Cheerleaders: Rounding a corner and seeing a group of cheer leading spectators is awesome. It made us run a little faster and try a little harder.
3) Focus on moving forward: Don’t let slip-ups stop you from giving your all. Not all of us can do 30 feet of monkey bars without falling into ice water below. And that’s ok. Focus on the next challenge and don’t get hung up on perceived failures!