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I can’t help it – this just looks wicked cool – and I want to do it! I’m just not sure I can.

The first time I heard about it was last Spring. One of the women in my Bible study group was talking about this obstacle course in the mud, and I thought she said “Tough Mother”. Aren’t all Moms tough? But my interest was peaked, so I looked up the website (toughmudder.com)! What is it?

“Tough Mudder events are hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.”

Yes, I’m just that crazy! I was thinking about it last evening during my walk, which doesn’t begin to approach 10 miles…up hill. I have never slogged through anything deeper than a mud puddle on the road, and never face-down. I have never scaled a 12 foot wall, I hate ice-cold water, and I’m not too keen to play with electricity or fire. Realistically, even if I had a team to join (and you have to do it as a team), I seriously wonder if I’d make it past the first five minutes.

I decided to take the “Are You Tough Enough” quiz on the front page. It asked questions like: (a) Which stache do I prefer? (Hulk Hogan, Tom Selleck, Charlie Chaplin or Salvador Dali); (b) When the going gets tough, do I move like a vespa, prius, escalade or tank?; or, (c) could I live without experiences, people, stuff or sense of humour? My Mudder Readiness score was 75…Maybe Mudder. Well, at least that’s a step up from Mudder In Training…but still a long way from Certified Mudder. It still sounds wicked cool!

There are no mountains (or even hills) to scale in my neighbourhood, but there is a park nearby with a wooden fortress to scale. And I guess I could always create my own mud pit in the backyard, wait a few weeks for it to get colder outside, and invite some friends over to play in it. Of course, that’s assuming I have friends…