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I'm a single mum of 3 and my youngest child is 4 years old. I will be (the dreaded!) 40 this year.
I've decided to enter for Tough Mudder 2012 in Scotland (where I live). This thread will be my blog of my training for that particular race/challenge. I would welcome support and comment from anyone on RW.
Some of you might know that I first came on this site in January last year with the New Year Resolution to run a marathon. On Runner's World, that's nothing unusual, but back then, I hadn't exercised for over 20 years and could even walk a mile, let alone run one and I had only 16 weeks to prepare for the Edinburgh marathon. Well, I managed to complete the marathon - although it took me 6 and a half hours (my goal was only ever to finish).
Since completing the marathon, my training has lapsed. There are a few reasons for that - I couldn't run for a while after the marathon in order to recover, during which time I had took on a very demanding job, then I was preparing for my viva, so sitting around, studying, for long periods of time.
I know, they are "excuses", but I did say at the start of my thread last year that I needed a very definite goal (then, the marathon) to keep me on track. This year, I have decided to do Tough Mudder because I became really bored by the marathon training towards the end and, although I was much fitter by the end of it than I had ever been, I didn't do any other type of exercise except running.
Tough Mudder (www.toughmudder.co.uk) is different - it's a military style obstacle course over a 10-12 mile distance and there's lots of mud! As well as your usual hills and rough terrain, there's also climbing 12 foot high walls (wooden and wet), crawling through stinging nettles, swimming in freezing water, going across greased monkey bars, walking over fire and running through a field of things that give you electric shocks (yes, really!). I'm not not of a masochist and this is probably a typical mid-life crisis(?!) but I decided this might prompt me into developing my overall fitness as well as my running (which is rubbish).
Before I go over my space limit, I will stop this message here...