I rose at 6am a couple of weeks ago to take part in my first ever mudstacle, Brutal 10 in Bordan Heath. As the title of this event would suggest, the demand of this 10K run was incredibly tough. I was wading through deep swamps, crawling up steep hills, splashing my way through water and running on a variety of surfaces including gravel and sand. It felt like a never ending, energy sapping route at times and I was surprised at how much I fatigued within the first kilometre. I had battle wounds too. Blisters, scratches, bruises, the lot! But before you get the violins out, ask if I would do this or something similar again?
Well yes I would. As bonkers as it sounds I surprisingly had loads of fun and documented my experience on my YouTube channel. The code of honour at this event was to help those around you (which came in handy when I was stuck in mud up to my chest and two men kindly came to my rescue and yanked me out) and I believe this to be the case at most mudstacles around the UK.
It was a really great, fun challenge too. I mean seriously, how many times do we get to test our strength and endurance whilst imagining that we're Angelina Jolie in Tomb Radar? How many times do we get our brand new running trainers completely dirty without caring? I started the race smiling and I finished the race smiling whilst proving to myself that I'm stronger than I thought. Bring on the mud run!