Anyone who has read my blog for a while will know that I like to take part in obstacle course runs. I am by no means the fittest person, and in fact, I am not really that fit at all, but I like pushing myself to do things which I will find tough. Obstacle course runs are a challenge because not only do you have to run a particular distance but you have to use your whole body to get through obstacles around the course.
Last year I did three different 5km courses (One True Grit, Gauntlet Games and Mucky Races) all of which had varying degrees of difficulty in obstacles but this time I decided to throw myself and my friend into the deep end and do a 10km race. In hindsight it probably wasn’t the best idea as the first one of the year but I’m not always one to think of practicality.
Rough Runner is a culmination of obstacles inspired by TV shows such as Total Wipeout (including their sweeping arms obstacle where you have to jump between stands over water and not be hit by the sweeping arms), Ninja Warrior and Gladiators (Yes this includes the travelator).
As an overall course this run has by far the most obstacles of any race I have done (even looking at what you got on the 5km course) and there was less running time between obstacles (great news for me!) But the downside was the Hampshire event we went to was that it was very hilly so we had a lot of up and down running (or fast walking in my case).
Looking at the event itself we began at 930am and the first few obstacles were fine (climbing over some wooden stands, down rope climbs, through some tight muddy tyres) then we hit big balls. This is essentially a giant cage filled with exercise balls where you had to crawl through an opening, through the full cage and out the other side pretty much crawling battling your way through the balls. I don’t generally have claustrophobia but I did feel breathless a few times.
Queuing up for the next obstacle I noticed blood running down my leg, of course I had to injure myself. It hurt a little as I went round but the bleeding stopped and when I checked it after finishing it really wasn’t that bad. The rope slide didn’t go well for me as I lack upper body strength and balance, the same reason I failed the monkey bars and rings. There were loads more obstacles which you can see in more detail here.
With queuing for obstacles it’s really hard to get a good time so this did take about 2.5 hours to complete until we hit the final obstacle the travelator. Now if I wasn’t tired I think I might have managed the medium speed one as I can be pretty fast when I want to be but I was knackered so went splat down and had to go up the slow one (gutted!) but I was super proud of my friend who managed to get up the fastest one first time.
I am writing this two days after the event and my body still aches (especially the tops of my arms) and I have so many bruises but I did it and I’m so happy I did.