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For years, my exercise of choice was running. Not many other fitness choices burn as many calories as quickly with so little equipment. As long as I had running shoes, I could run just about anywhere and get a good workout. Several years ago, I became friends with a weight-lifting enthusiast and she introduced me to the many benefits of resistance exercise and strength building (one of which was that I became a better runner). Even after I discovered muscles beyond my hamstrings, competitively I still resigned myself to running road races. Anyone who has ever run in a road race knows the appeal. You run faster because of the adrenaline rush you get from competing. There’s an instant camaraderie at events where hundreds or thousands of people have gotten up at dawn to tackle a physical challenge together. And no matter how well you run that day, you learn something about yourself — perhaps you are stronger or more vulnerable than you realized.
I’ve seen other types of races advertised at these events too. Often referred to as mud runs, these other races throw in obstacles and, as the name indicates, muddy courses to up the difficulty and (perhaps ironically) the fun level of your standard race. I’ve been putting off entering one because frankly, I’ve been afraid of the obstacles. I’m not confident that I’ll do well on them. And then I realized, WHO CARES? These races are about challenging yourself and having fun in the process. Lately, I’ve been in a workout rut. Without a running partner nagging me to get out and run, I’ve been slacking and my move out to the country has made it more difficult to get to the gym on a regular basis. I NEEDED something to motivate me to prioritize fitness again and if I could have fun doing it, all the better, so a mud run seemed like the perfect solution. Now, I just needed to find the right one.
Luckily, I found Mudderella. Mudderella is a full-day athletic event series and experience for women designed by women. The race is a world class, 5-7 mile muddy obstacle course. It’s designed to challenge all-round strength, blaance, endurance and agility in a team environment. And while I loved all of that, what sold me is the Mudderella motto – “Own Your Strong.” The creators want women to take pride in their strength, whether it be inner strength, physical strength or mental strength. I couldn’t wait to gather up my friends and form a team so we could show off our different strengths and be inspired by the strength of other women. Plus, after taking several months off from the gym and running, what better way to get fit than by surrounding yourself with a group of your closest friends, laughing and conquering a muddy obstacle course? Mudderella prides itself on being more than a course or a race, but instead it’s a community and an attitude.
So, I applied for this campaign and signed up for the Mudderella race closest to me. Since I’m in the DC area, the nearest race is being held in Clarksburg, MD on July 25. That means I have just over 3 months to train for it. Even though it’s not competitive, I also want to make sure I can get through the entire course instead of forcing my teammates to carry me across the finish line. And I want to enjoy the event instead of crying from the moment I hit the first obstacle. I roped in my workout buddy, of course. Mud being the great equalizer, I’m pretty sure her strength is going to make up for any advantage I might have from being a runner. My sister-in-law is also joining the team and as an avid cross-fitter AND runner, I’m pretty sure she’s going to be leading the charge.
Because the course is 5-7 miles long, I’m going to be working on my endurance. I’ve been on a bit of a sabbatical from running so I just reintroduced it into my weekly routine. My plan is to run 3 – 4 times per week. One day will be my long run (6-8 miles), one will be speed work, and the other day(s) will be easy runs of 3-4 miles.
The running is the least of my worries. I know the obstacles are where I am really going to struggle. Mudderella has a training plan posted on their site. I figured it would be a good idea to follow their plan since they know what obstacles I’m going to be facing and what kind of shape I’ll need to be in. So, I’m going to follow the Mudderella training plan as closely as I can substituting my own running plan for the running days. Also, because I’m a big fan of Insanity and P90X, I might substitute some of those workouts since I do better if someone is telling me what to do and making me keep up.
If you live in the DC area, I’d love to meet up with you at the race! With your permission, I’ll even post a few photos of you here on Wondermom Wannabe. You can register for the race here (or any of their other dates/locations if you live elsewhere). And then e-mail me at [email protected] and let me know so I can look for you. Mudderella has 9 US and 2 Canadian events planned for this year. Here is the event schedule so you can find one that is most convenient for you:
– NY/NJ – May 9, 2015 – Englishtown, NJ
– Chicago – May 30, 2015 – Richmond, IL
– NorCal – June 27, 2015 – Vallejo, CA
– Toronto – July 11, 2015 – Kitchener, ON Canada
– Capital Region – July 25, 2015 – Clarksburg, MD
– Colorado – August 22, 2015 – Snowmass Village, CO
– Pittsburgh – September 12, 2015 – Slippery Rock, PA
– Whistler – September 26, 2015 – Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler, BC Canada
– New England – October 3, 2015 – Thompson, CT