7 things people say about Tough Mudder that aren’t really true
Want to do a mud run but put off by all the 'big talk'? Read on...
Tough Mudder, the 12 mile assault course that sits somewhere between Total Wipeout and the montage scenes inG.I Jane, is the challenge of choice if you’re looking for something that involves a lot of teamwork, monkey bars and some feel-good high fives.
Set up in 2010 by US-based Brits Will Dean and Guy Livingstone, Tough Mudder has become a global fitness phenomenon, last year hosting 50 mud runs in seven different countries around the world.
Thinking of participating but worried you’re not up to it? Here’s a few Tough Mudder myths you should dismiss.
It’s the hardest thing you’ll ever do
This depends entirely on the person in question. If you are, for example, a person who has been on three tours of Afghanistan before ticking off the Marathon de Sables (a series of six back-to-back marathons across the Sahara Desert in extreme pizza oven heat) then doing Tough Mudder will feel like a Sunday soft play session. If you’re the sort of person who last exercised under duress in 1995 and counts ‘walking to the shop to get more chocolate’ as exercise then, yes, this could well be the hardest physical thing you’ve ever done. But for the majority of you in-betweeners, Tough Mudder sees people of all shapes, sizes and levels of fitness compete, so don’t let the PR-grabbing shots of tough guys roaring their way around the course put you off.
You need to train for months beforehand
Unlike other physical challenges – such as a marathon – Tough Mudder is touted as a ‘challenge not a race.’ The point is not to complete it in a set time; the point is teamwork, mostly because you can’t physically get over those high walls or run up those skate ramps without some supporting muscle. Arguably this means you don’t actually need months on end to train, as you would with a marathon, where you’re constantly pushing yourself to go faster and faster in a set time. This obviously doesn’t let you off the hook completely, but it means you can train yourself up in a shorter period of time – Tough Mudder themselves sanction this, and even have an ‘under a month’ training plan on their website.
Video: James is a Tough Mudder / VEDA Day 29
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