When I was a young girl I avoided sports and physical exertion at any cost. Yes, I could climb a tree, and I certainly felt more at home rough-housing with the boys than the girls, but the idea of competing or eve cooperating in a group, or breaking into a sweat, was not my concept of enjoyable. Then, at 11 entering 8th grade, my knee blew out doing absolutely nothing, standing in the center of our family's kitchen. One twist the wrong way and I was landing on my knee, tearing a tendon. It was an incident that got me a free pass from physical education though out high school, but somehow remained an excuse through my adulthood.
When I came across Mudderella, and announced I'd be attending, my friends and family voiced their concerns. A 6+ mile run/walk on rugged and varied terrain with 10+ obstacles including heights, mud, and water? But I knew Mudderella wasn't just some 'mud run,' I knew immediately, this was an experience I could achieve.
To my left I chatted with a few women my mother's age who shared that they were participating in honor of their friend, with cancer, who could not attend as planned this year. To my right, 'The Sloth Runners' made up a motley crew of women from 20-64 (I asked) of varying heights and weights. They explained there was no intent to conquer anything except their own personal fears, and that completion was the true prize. And, directly in front of me a group of college aged girls with impressively small waists and toned bodies, in tutus, twerked to Taylor Swift with an energy that was contagious.
Speaking of cameras and photos- There were professional photographers stationed at 3 obstacles during our event. If you intend on capturing all of your Mudderella moments bring some non participants along to act as your cheering team and snap those triumph moments. Spectator tickets are available at each event and allow one to wander the shorter course 'spectator' route and take photos at leisure. I highly suggest this as it's also a great way to meet up and reapply sunscreen, wipe the mud out of your eyes, or get motivated for the next obstacle. Besides, which of your friends wouldn't want to tell the story about how you scaled that wall and swung through those tires?
Mudderella- they're pretty much all boyfriends or husbands there to cheer on an equally strong woman in their life. Nothing wrong with that!
Hat Trick truly tests those with a fear of heights as well as those afraid of bodies of water. This is a great place to point out that Mudderella encourages participants to skip any obstacles that they feel are beyond their comfort level. One could, in theory, runt he entire course never having done a single obstacle. There is no judging- participate in Mudderella for you, and only you- conquer what you feel you can conquer. However, you should know, you are stronger than you think! We completed all 11 obstacles on event day, except the piggy back carry. Above you will see JoJo making her way down the Hat Trick Slide after spending a few minutes clinging to the top. She was terrified, but determined to conquer her fear of heights!
Above you'll see me after exiting the fairgrounds. I survived. No, I did more than survive, I conquered! I'm not going to lie, I used muscles I very well may have never used before in my life- and I was sore for days after- but I wore my aches and pains like a badge. I am incredibly proud of myself, my team, and every woman who stood alongside me at Mudderella NorCal 2015- and yes, I WILL be back next year! Now, tell me, what part of the Mudderella event would prove most challenging for you- heights, obstacles, water, training, 6 miles, the mud? Whatever it is, I know you could conquer it! Own Your Strong and find an upcoming Mudderella event near you and register today, events in Colorado (8/22), Pennsylvania (9/12), and New England (10/3) are still open and for sale!
What Daughter Says: The only way to find your strength is to open your mind.