You can't deny it, sometimes running is just plain boring. There you are: Running...still running...made a turn...but you're still running. Are you getting anywhere? Do you have a destination? Is there a reason? If you run on a treadmill it's even worse! Hopefully you're lucky enough to have a TV or an iPod to listen to, but if you don't, it can be brutally boring.
Have you ever watched the scenes in movies where trainees in the army are scaling walls and army-crawling under nets? Imagine that kind of intensity and then multiply it by 5. These guys thought plain running was boring too; that's why they came up with crazy ways to make it interesting. Would you ever consider running through fire, swimming through freezing water, or scaling a truss to cross a river? If you said yes, then Tough Muddermay be for you!
If Chuck Norrisran marathons, these are the ones he would run. British special forces have designed this event to test physical strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie. It's not a race; participants face obstacle after obstacle while running a course that can be 10-12 miles long. Even though it sounds lengthy, most participants feel it's shorter because of all the adrenaline and excitement. Since there's no winner, participants often help each other and encourage one another.
The course can include running through bales of burning hay, swimming across frigid rivers, enduring electric shocks and more. If you're looking for a more exciting alternative to running, you've found it. Running does not get more exciting than this. Ladies, if you think this is too much testosterone for you to handle, don't be afraid. Lots of women also participate in Tough Mudder. Watch the video at http://toughmudder.com/.
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