I normally don’t post super personal stories on my blog but I am so proud of myself I just wanted to share my story.
I’m not overtly overweight, but I do have a few extra pounds that I should lose because diabetes runs in my family. My really good friend has been doing the mud run with his family for years. We were at the bar one night talking about it and how he couldn’t see me doing it because you have to get muddy. Of course I signed up because he said I wouldn’t.
Here I am only having a month to train. So I downloaded the couch to 5k app which I found super helpful. I ran more than the suggested 3 times a week, more like 5 for me. It was hard to stick with it. Some weeks I only ran twice at most. But I still ran and trained.
It wasn’t easy, I hate running. I hate being sweaty. But I wanted to do this so I had to.
I did the Merrell Down mud run. So it was a 5k which is 3 miles. There were quite a few obstacles, some easy, some super hard. There were times I wanted to quit like when I had to climb down the cargo net from ontop of a truck trailer- I HATE heights. Another thing I wasn’t fond of was crawling through the mud. There were 3 full body muddy obstacles in Merrell Down, there was 2 crawl through mud and one were you had to walk through waist high mud. But I finished. Some obstacles there were people to help you through it, but I was determined to do this all on my own. And I did. I was extremely muddy when I was done. But I was happy and proud of myself that I finished it.
It took me and hour and 10minutes to do the 5k and I’m so proud I did it. This is just the start of me being healthy again.
With my training I have a lot to be proud of. I lost 14lbs. I did the mud run all by myself. I don’t get winded as easily. I can’t wait to sign up for another run. That was just the motivation I needed to stay on track!
Does anyone else run? Any tips? Anyone else do any fun runs like this?