Some time last year Cory sent me an email during the work day to tell me that his co-workers had made this rediculous suggestion to him that they participate in a tough mudder race, and didn’t I agree that it looked totally crazy and not at all like something he should do?
I think he was suprised when I quickly responded, “Do it!”
I first joined a gym and decided to try to get not so fat and unhealthy in November of 2010. By mid 2012 I was still fighting that battle, but had developed a love of exercise and personal improvement. Though Tough Mudder did look a little bit crazy to me, it also looked like an awesome way to challenge oneself physically. I would have signed up too if I had any “work out friends.”
Its funny how things work out though, because as Cory managed to convince himself to go for it, he also convinced my brother, and our neighbor Dave, who who in turn also convinced a couple of his church friends– a couple from the other side of North Liberty, to also sign up.
That’s right–a couple. Once I saw another girl on the list, it seemed like maybe I wouldn’t be totally out of line to sign up myself…so I did it. I signed up for the 10-12 miles of running, coupled with 20 or so physical obsticles ment to challenge both your athleticism and your mental grit. Two things that are very much a work in progress for me. In the meantime, I made a friend in Bridget, the other tough mudder mother – who has proved to be a good friend with a laid back attitude and some common interests. Already this endeveaor has proved to be a positive thing for me, and I had still had months to go before the actual event.
Through Bridget I was invited to participate in the Market to Market Relay race, running from Jefferson Iowa to Des Moines in a relay team of myself and 6 other mom’s in our 30′s from Johnson County. It was a day that I was very nervous about leading up to, but again proved to be an awesome experience, getting to know more women who enjoy running for exercise without feirce competiveness. I ran my very best that day and I am looking forward to our next relay where the same team will run from Omaha to Lincoln in October.
As the race was fast approaching Cory and I realized that we needed to serious about training. I had been running for quite some time but had really stopped losing weight, and as much as I liked my running, I wasn’t getting any faster…I needed to kick it up a notch, and Cory needed to get started. At Christmas I had a chance to catch up with my cousin Brian who was looking great, and obviously feeling great too. He had dropped a lot of weight and was loving a new, healthier lifestyle. Brian told me about his Crossfit gym and the kinds of work he had put into his new found health and seeing his results certainly piqued my interest. A quick internet search led me to the Pro-Fit Gym in Coralville.
I could go on and on about the gym, about crossfit and about all of the reasons I love them both, but this is already getting pretty windy and I haven’t even made it to the actual race yet, so know that if you ever want to know more, I am more then willing to brag about my awesome gym and all of the cool things I have been able to challenge myself with over the past few months.
Again, the Tough Mudder had brought me another blessing, the knowledge of the upcoming challenge pushed me to step outside of my big box gym and really work hard.
Race day was only a day away and I was making myself so sick with worry about what was to come…