After participating in my first mud run, I was completely addicted. The feeling of crossing the finish line at the end was like nothing I had ever felt before. I immediately knew that I wanted to help others share in that same sense of accomplishment, and you can. The best thing about obstacle course racing is that anyone can do it, regardless of fitness experience!
My wife actually signed me up for my first race. She assured me that I was in good enough shape to complete it and told me not to worry…it ended up being 13 miles long. I had never ran more than 5 miles before that so, needless to say, it was quite an experience.
I set a goal to finish within a certain time frame, but I ended up getting lost and that added significantly more distance and time to my run.
I never once became discouraged. While on the course, I was surrounded by so many incredibly encouraging runners, who continually lifted me up. Sometimes, they reassured me with words, saying things like “Keep moving!” or “You’ve got this!” Other times it was a pat on the back or a thumbs up. It was one of the most supportive atmospheres I had ever been in, and, while I didn’t end up achieving my time goal, I knew I was absolutely trying again the next year.
I remember feeling so exhausted when I finally reached the end. I had just completed the last obstacle, and the finish line was a mere 10 to 15 yards away. I was so worn down that I literally had to put my hands on my knees in order to catch my breath, everyone watching was cheering me on, yelling “Finish!” and “It’s right in front of you!”, but I was beat. I couldn’t take another step and all I could think was, “I’m finished…”