Category: Travel


Road Trip Tough Mudder Austin, TX  Last Gasp

I’ve met a lot of new people in the past couple of months. (If chatting you up on Facebook is meeting, otherwise it’s the same old crew and no one new.)  It’s also been a long time since I’ve posted about Tough Mudder in Austin.

There really hasn’t been anything to talk about.  Working out is grueling when you have to do it  yourself and you miss dinner, and you have to do 16 loads of laundry that consist of five items. (Dear god, how do socks get that smelly so quickly)

The whole fundraising thing continues to elude me.  I’ve created a site, and I’ve let people know about it.  I’m not one of those people who chase you down and insist you buy my girl scout cookies. I don’t think girl scouts belong in cookies. I think they belong in a white wine sauce over saffron rice.  That’s just me though.  I’m not chasing anyone down to contribute to my charity, either. Here’s a link to my initial blog post.  Do what you want to do.

It’s exactly 2 weeks until the big day.  I believe I’m as ready as I’ll ever be.  This is all about mental tenacity, and I have tenacity in spades.  What I do not have is a buddy to run around in the mud with me.  I have unsuccessfully attempted to lure, shame and bribe some people to join me, none of them are having it.  Most have suggested that I a) up my meds; b) reacquaint myself with a psychiatrist. Whatever. I’ll be the one having fun in the sun.  I even have a personal Facebook photographer. (Oh, you guys have no idea…)

I am having serious fashion stress over this, I must admit.  You see pictures on the Tough Mudder website, of buff young things in stretch pants and tank tops…and that is soooo….not me.  I want to be practical about this, I want to do this..right. I’m thinking boots and utes, and a short sleeve over long sleeve shirt. A bandana to keep the hair in such a state I will not have to shave my head later, and a couple of things stuffed in cargo pockets (that’s why they’re called cargo pockets by the way) for just in case. Goggles for jumping into the water, and a rag for wiping the crap off my face.

The more I think about this, the more amped I get. It can’t get here too soon. And I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

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14JAN: If I thought running in 40 degree weather was great, running in 50 degree weather is glorious.
It’s supposed to be 13 on Friday, so don’t think I’m getting all excited about the future of running in January.  (Plus, I’ll be elsewhere and won’t be running on Friday, for which I am exceedingly grateful)

I’m starting to be a little encouraged about hills.  I can sprint up a not so huge slope to make the traffic light. Once you’ve committed to the light, though, you really have to be willing to go hard at the end.  Lots of people in this town don’t quite stop for red lights, and you need to be on your toes or on their hood.  (While I kind of enjoy being hit by a slow moving car, in a sick and twisted way, certainly, it’s not an encounter I want to experience every day.)

There’s not really anything else to tell you at this point it’s all run, run, run and try to spread the word.

I’ve put together an email to send to my family and friends, and I’m including it here in the hopes that you will send it to your family and friends, and so on and so on.  I’ve also had a couple of really awesome people post on their blog about my trip.  Which is totally cool.

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Hi,

In April I’ll be running the Tough Mudder (an obstacle race) in Austin Texas. I’m running to raise money for the Foundation for Fighting Blindness.  My daughter-in-law and several members of her family have a degenerate eye disease that slowly steals their vision.  This foundation focuses on finding a cure for genetic eye diseases.

Below are links to a blog that I am keeping that explains a little bit more about this, and if you want to keep up with my training you can subscribe to it.  There are also links to Tough Mudder, the Foundation, and a site where you can make donations through PayPal.

Please feel free to share this email with friends and family.  My goal is to raise $5000 and I cannot do it without you.

My blog also has some posts from other road trips I’ve taken and some random book reviews. If you enjoy what you read feel free to subscribe.

My best

This is the first Tough Mudder post on my blog

This is a link to the PayPal site where you can make donations.

Road Trip Austin APR 2013

08JAN:  I think I’ve finally figured out how to dress for the weather.  I think I’ve tried every combination possible, and what it boils down to is I am either way too hot or my patookis is cold.  It doesn’t matter if I tuck my shirt in, wear an extra pair of running shorts underneath my tights, two pairs of tights and extra shirt, one in and one out…one or the other, too hot or freezing my proverbial…we’re going with freezing my proverbial.

Now, about that ice. I just don’t like running on ice. Running on ice in the dark? It ain’t happening.  I can just see me face up on the pavement, wondering what day it is.  It’s not like I’ve never done it before. Those of you who know me, can probably name at least one instance where I’ve had the opportunity to forget my name.

I’ve added some hills to my run, and I almost feel like I’m starting all over again.  Get to the top think I’m gonna puke a lung up, get to the bottom think I’m gonna barf just thinking about getting to the top again.  But the interesting thing is that I’m beginning to feel like I could run all day as long as you don’t make me run fast…and depending on the music I’m listening to.  Best song ever to run to? Warner Brothers Cartoon Theme Song (not really).  Worst song to run to? The Rabbit of Seville (no, really).

I’ve been composing these little notes while I run, it gives me something to work on in my head so I don’t pay attention to my body.  Good for the soul and all that.

I have a letter that I will be sending to family and friends about my trek, and if any of you would like a copy to pass along, leave a comment with an email.  I promise I will not post or use your email in any manner other than to forward you this message.  I despise people who do that, and I will not be a party to such behavior.

’til next time.

I hope it’s helpful, I’ve included a link to the first Road Trip: Austin post.