Blood, Sweat & Tears

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Okay, I have to be completely honest here. I really do enjoy running and staying in shape...for 11 months out of the year anyway. But...from Thanksgiving to New Years my fitness routine has a tendency to morph from sweat-sessions at the gym to a workout of the hand-to-mouth variety. Like a bear. Preparing for hibernation.

                                             ....can you blame me?
              Holiday parties, family dinners, cookie exchanges...but I digress.

What I really want to talk about is a newfound hobby/borderline obsession I discovered this fall: obstacle racing.

                                        Obstacle what??

Obstacle racing seems to be a relatively new phenomenon, swiftly gaining popularity over the last couple years. Courses vary in length and difficulty, but the general idea seems to be about teamwork, pushing yourself to the limit and having a great time!

This past September I joined a courageous group of co-workers, (along with countless men and women in tutus/camo/sparkly shorts/face paint) at Squaw Valley for the NorCal 
Tough Mudder.

For those of you not yet in the know, Tough Mudder is a 10-13 mile course (depending on location) with 24 military-style obstacles designed by British Special Forces. 

Events are held around the country and benefit an awesome cause: Wounded Warrior Project.

What an amazing experience! By mile 13, we had trekked up and down and up the mountain, crawled through mud and snow and "walked the plank" for a swim in delightful 50 degree water. I had rope burns, skinned knees and a strained ankle. I was exhausted. And thrilled. And completely hooked. I've already pre-registered for next years' TM!

Next up: Spartan Race!


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