The Lost Girls Races: Tough Mudder Motivation

Fitness & Workouts, Vermont — By on February 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

By Nancy Yeomans
LG Air Travel News Editor

Crazy.  Hard-core.  Insane!  That’s what I’m hearing when I tell people I’ve signed up for the Tough Mudder competition, the one-day adventure race/obstacle course event with several versions around the world.  I’ve entered the Vermont event at Mt. Snow that takes place on
May 7.

Now just what exactly does a Tough Mudder involve?  The obstacles include—and this list is by no means all-inclusive—running up a ski slope while carrying a log, climbing an ice wall, running through live electrical wires (yeah, this one scares me a little), and to finish: running through fire. I think the organizers dreamed this up after a few cocktails.  Oh yeah, and the course is 10 miles long…

So, really, why am I doing this?

The Lost Girls Races

The Lost Girls Races is a challenge where each one of us chooses a race to compete in and raise funds for a well-deserving cause.  The Butterfly Project is the recipient of funds from my Tough Mudder.  The women in Africa who will be helped by my contribution face far more daunting obstacles each day than those I’ll be facing on May 7.  By doing this I can help one of them go on to accomplish extraordinary feats.

Looking for a challenge

I’m somewhat attracted to the physical challenges above and beyond the norm.  It feels great to push myself both mentally and physically and see just how far I can go.  When a friend mentioned the Tough Mudder, my first reaction was “I can’t do that!”But as soon as those words left my mouth, I felt my inner tough girl get fired up.  I quickly changed my tune to “Sign me up!”  I also have to admit I sort of love the attention I get when I tell people about this latest adventure…

Chasing the thrill

I’m a runner from way back and have run in some amazing places.  Lately though, running just hasn’t had the appeal for me it once did.  Oh, I still love it and do it, but the excitement I used to feel before a race has somewhat dissipated.  At the starting line of my last few running races I didn’t have that sense of “Can I do this?”  I want that back!  If we only attempted what we knew we could accomplish, what fun would that be?

Getting in kick-a** shape

Running certainly does a great job of keeping me fit and healthy.  But even with a regular running routine, there are parts of my anatomy that need some work—core and upper body to name a few.  In order to complete the Tough Mudder, I’ll need to be strong all over.

And with swimsuit season following not too far behind the event, it’s great timing too.

Bonding with my girlfriends

Not only have I committed to this off-the-wall escapade, seven amazing women are joining me.  Sue, Diane, Jayne, Janice, Susan, Melissa, Jennieve, and I are Team Lost Girls—and none of us have ever done anything like this.  We’ll be comparing training plans and encouraging each other in the days leading up to the race.  On race day, we’ll all be right there, pushing each other up and over obstacles and pulling one another out of the mud.  And that’s friendship and support at it’s most basic level.

Stay tuned for more Tough Mudder training updates in posts to come!

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    8 Comments

  • Jerry Picone says:

    The Butterfly Project is a great cause. What other runs are you doing?

    Nancy Y Reply:

    Jerry, keep reading this blog and we’ll have periodic updates about the Lost Girls Races! Thanks for reading!

  • A fried just forwarded me this post since I’m running the Tough Mudder in Georgia next Saturday. I’m so excited! I love obstacle races, though this one will definitely be the longest one I’ve done to date. Best of luck to you!

    Nancy Y Reply:

    Laura, Thanks so much! We’re super excited too! Thanks for reading and please let me know how it goes!