Muddy Courses And Obstacle Runs

tough mudder

Just before Christmas I made friends with a girl who happened to go to the same gym as me and we began a workout routine which kicked me into going back to the gym properly, i.e. not just one class a week but actually having a routine.

We made a decision that our ultimate aim was to compete in Tough Mudder, which we’re hoping to make happen sometime in 2016! After keeping to 3-6 classes/ workouts a week and frequent runs I am by no means ‘fit’ but I feel so much healthier in myself.

Back at the end of March we decided to do our first obstacle course run which left us crawling in mud, scaling rope climbs and attempting (but failing) to complete monkey bars and rings. We chose to do One True Grit as it was close, but now I have the bug.

I’ve already signed up to do Gauntlet Games in August, but this one just looks much more fun, think gladiators and inflatable obstacles. And i’m planning to do Nuclear later in the year which is another muddy one.

one true grit

In a decision to push my limits I have signed up to do the Shine Night Walk in September which involves walking a marathon through the night in order to raise money for Cancer Research. The walk is 26.2 miles or 42 kilometres and is set to last somewhere between 6 and 12 hours.

Regardless of how fit or unfit you are obstacle course runs are a lot of fun and a great way to push yourself.

There are plenty of smaller races – and some without mud if that’s more your thing – so let 2015 be your time to do something different!

Have you ever thought of doing something like this before?
July 19, 2015
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  • Reply Kaye Ford

    I totally respect you for doing this. I don't think I could at all as I am so unfit, and my gym attendance has been 0 (apart from yoga classes) haha. I have seen a massive rise in runs and obstacle courses like this though so maybe it is time I commit to one so that I have a workout goal to achieve x

    July 20, 2015 at 12:52 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      They are good fun as well, especially if you don't mind mud. I wanted to push myself and do something completely out of my comfort zone and i'm hooked now. x

      September 8, 2015 at 2:36 pm
  • Reply Stephanie Merry

    I really need to up my fitness games and would love to try one of these. You're really given my a kick up the bum to up my game and do this! x

    July 21, 2015 at 10:11 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Good luck if you do choose to do one, couldn't recommend it enough x

      September 8, 2015 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Hayley Warren

    This sounds so good! I'm hoping to join a gym when I get a car and get myself fitter!

    July 22, 2015 at 10:27 pm
  • Reply Laura Side Street

    Oh wow – well done and very inspiring – these courses and races sound amazing and something little bit different and challenging

    Laura x

    July 22, 2015 at 10:35 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      They really are challenging as you need to do all sorts to prepare for them, x

      September 8, 2015 at 2:37 pm
  • Reply Don't Cramp My Style

    Oh wow! I won't be able
    To do that. I'm too week for staff like that! Meh ! Shame! Good luck !

    July 24, 2015 at 7:06 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      You don't need to be strong as there are always people there to help. I have no upper body strength and did the best I could x

      September 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Linda Hobbis

    I've thought about it but I'm hopelessly unfit. Much respect to you for your achievements.

    July 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I only started exercising properly a few months before this so anything is possible x

      September 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply atosa nikkhah

    great cause, good luck!

    July 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Carl Marsh

    What a fantastic piece. I wish I could do all that was written about. Perhaps one day!

    July 25, 2015 at 7:54 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I've seen such a variety of people doing these so anyone can do them! x

      September 8, 2015 at 2:39 pm

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