Tough Mudder 2013 Aftermath

tmSo as you already knew from my short blurb last week, I did my second Tough Mudder in Mesa, Arizona this past Saturday with a couple of friends. I’m actually really pleased with my performance, considering I did a TON better this year than I did last year. Alot of that has to do with the fact that I’m in better shape this year, by far. Continue reading Tough Mudder 2013 Aftermath

Tough Mudder Number Two

tmSo, I’ll be running at the Tough Mudder tomorrow. Last year I came back with two injuries. Nothing that kept me from functioning normally, but a tad bit painful. The ball of my left foot was bruised from running over tough concrete chunks in my original pair of Vibrams. I strained a tendon in my left arm and actually thought it may be broken. Luckily, the arm wasn’t broken (and it actually was the impetus for me to start getting yearly physicals) and my foot was just tender for a bit.

This year’s goals are as follows;

#1 – Finish every obstacle (same as last year’s goal, although “Mount Everest” took me a dozen attempts before I finally got it)

#2 – No injuries.

Pretty simple and to the point. Hope to see you there, even if we’ll both be covered in mud!

UPDATE – Found a cool cam-video from last year’s Arizona TM.

The Run

His eyes open abruptly to the beeping sound. Was he dreaming of a steady beeping? No, it couldn’t be that. It’s his alarm clock of course. Every morning the same sound, every morning the same thought of changing it to another less irritating sound. He rolls over, to his left so as to not wake the wife to his right, and extends one finger to dismiss the beeping. This dismissal says that he IS awake, that he IS aware that he needs to sit up, he needs to keep his eyes open.
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Born To Run – Christopher McDougall

If I could use one word to sum up how I felt about this book, it would be “wow”. 

One word, however wouldn’t be sufficient to describe how well written and entertaining McDougall’s story is. Filled with unique characters and the ability to keep the ideas in the book running through your head for days, this book can very easily invigorate your long runs and even make you WANT to run if you never have previously.

I could easily relate to McDougall’s nagging injuries seeing as I’ve joined the ranks of the injury-laden runners myself. Reading how he left his injuries behind and got to the point of running a 50 mile trail/mountain race in Mexico resonated deeply for me and is extremely inspiring.

For a nonfiction book, I couldn’t help but feel I was reading a novel, and a highly engaging novel at that. I would recommend this book to any sort of runner out there.

Whether you run on a regular basis or just chase your kids around the house, you are bound to get a kick out of this book.

Much thanks to my Dad and Stepmom for this excellent Christmas present.