Obstacle course

Spartan Race Madrid

When I think of Madrid I think of sun, roof top pools and Christiano Ronaldo (obviously) but yesterday my Spanish fantasies were actually ruled by trail runs, cargo climbing, mud and even spear throwing (yes, you heard me) as I took part in the Spartan Sprint Race.

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I was invited by Reebok to partake in this 5K obstacle course, who organised a CrossFit workout session with legendary CrossFit champion, Dan Bailey the day before to get us match ready.

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As a team we took to the start line. It seemed like fun to begin with (people dressed as Centurions acting as barriers to block us from passing, amused me) but then came a chilly run through a river, a series of tall walls to jump over, muddy hills to run up,  ropes to climb, tires to pull, heavy sandbags to carry and barbed wire to crawl under.

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For every failed obstacle attempt came the forfeit of energy sapping burpees and after each hurdle was a rocky trail run to the next. It was tough.  

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The final obstacle was a 20ft wall which you had to pull yourself up with rope. It took me four attempts to get over and at times I didn't think I'd make it. Failing knocked my confidence and I began to feel low but with the motivation from a bellowing man telling me how strong I really was and that "I just needed to believe", I dug deep and finally got to the top, jumped over a wall of flames and crossed the finished line, scratched, bruised but super proud. 

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As much as it was a test of physical endurance and strength it was also a mental challenge. It's really important to never downplay your achievements in anything so to all the participants, congratulations! You did yourself proud.

To sign up to a Spartan Race near you checkout: http://www.spartanrace.uk/en

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Race For Life: Pretty Muddy

I'm excited to announce that I've partnered with the wonderful charity, Cancer Research for their Race for Life series, where I'll be taking part in their Pretty Muddy run, this June 13th. 

Over this 5K trail, I'm envisioning a muddy obstacle course where I (and thousands of women of any ability) can run, walk, climb or crawl to the finish line, all while dressed in Race for Life's signature colour pink, making it the prettiest event ever! 

Better still, it's for a fantastic cause, Cancer Research. I'm delighted they've asked me to team up with them as one of their official UK bloggers because it's a charity that is very close to my heart and one that I've actively supported before, the most recent being when I took part in London's Winter Run.

Over the course of the coming weeks I'll be sharing my entire training programme from start to finish. I'll also be showing you my complete step by step nutrition and food diary. This will certainly keep me on track but hopefully, inspire you to join me too. 

If you're already up for the challenge, join me on June 13th in London for Pretty Muddy. If that doesn't tickle your fancy then there's a whole host of activities taking place across the country, including UK's first ever female only marathon. 

To twist your arm I have a reader discount code which can be applied not only to the Pretty Mudder race that I'm doing, but also to any of the 300 Race for Life events taking place this  year too, so take your pick and get involved. You can sign up by clicking here.

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I'd love to know how you're getting on or what event  you decide to do so Tweet me, Instagram your progress pictures, join me on Snapchat (AJ.Odudu) and of course, donate to Cancer Research.

In the mean time, wish me luck!

xoxo

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My First Mud Run

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!