The last month has been a lazy one. I haven’t gone to the gym once. I haven’t eaten my fruits and veggies and let’s forget about the whole eight glasses of water a day thing. I think most people can relate when I say June is a busy month. There’s so many birthday parties, graduations, and family events that eating healthy and working out goes out the window. What better time to do Tough Mudder!

Yup, that’s right. Tomorrow my sister and me are competing in Tough Mudder at Whistler. To quote the Tough Mudder website “Tough Mudder is a series of hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle race – mud run events designed by British Special Forces to challenge the toughest of the tough.” Perfect! When I tell people what we’re doing most peoples reactions has been “Are you crazy?” Yes. Yes I am.

The main reason I signed up is for my sister Brittany. She’s getting married next month and I”m guessing is wanting to have a big adventure before the big day. Like me, she also has partaken in minimal physical exercise the last few months. However like me, she’s also an overall fit, healthy person. At this point we mine as well go through with it!

My strategy at this point is to go in more or less oblivious. Yes I’ve watched highlight reels of past Tough Mudders years ago where people are diving into three feet puddles of mud, getting shocked, and carrying ridiculously heavy logs of wood up hills. Watching it again or actually looking into what challenges we’re going to be doing is only going to psyche me out that much more. Come tomorrow morning all I can do is put on my war paint, down a shot (of coffee…maybe) and give it a go. I did the Sun Run five  years ago, how much harder can it be? If you don’t hear me on Pulse Mornings come Monday you know the answer.

– Vanessa