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    CARILOUIE   90,805
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I am freaking awesome.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Hoo-rah! I finished my Tough Mudder. It went something like this:

Get to the site and try not to throw up. Check in, get numbers on forehead and arms, and hang with team until GO TIME!

(That's me on the left.)

Hang with mom for a little while - try to ignore the comments of "I heard this was really dangerous!"

Time to go! There was a freaking obstacle to get INTO the starting area.

(That's me on top of the wall. The guys in yellow helped me over. About six miles into the Mudder, I had to go over two more walls, except those were 12 feet high. And then around mile 8, I had to do it again.)

Army crawl through mud and rocks under barbed wire, get HUGE bruise on thigh. (I think I'll spare you the pictures of my bruises - maybe that will be another blog.)

Jump in a Dumpster full of ice water. Swim through ice water under a wall and pull yourself up and out of the Dumpster. At this point, my mom and her friend saw us and asked "is it horrible?" YES. Yes, mom, it IS horrible.

Run three miles through woods. And mud. And over loose rocks. And up and down mountains. And then up a ski slope.

(This was us, still looking kind of fresh! And there was a sign that said "if this was a Warrior Dash, you'd be done by now." Piece of cake.)

Run some more.

Crawl up some wood and jump off a platform into a lake. A freezing cold lake.

(I'm the pink one on the left.)

This was right after we all got out of the lake. We were yelling at my mom because we were getting so cold standing there and just wanted to get going. But I'm really glad we stopped, because I love this picture!

At some point between mile 8 and 12, we had to run UP a half pipe. And pray that someone at the top would grab you! I made it on the third time. I have a nice big rip in my shirt, and I will wear it with pride.

More running.

At mile 12, we were miserable. I don't remember much of what happened toward the end - it was brutal.

FINISH! Earn the beer and the orange headband!

Would I do it again? I sure would! The teamwork was amazing. I could not have done it without my awesome team. And I can't even begin to describe how it felt to have so many strangers helping me! I stood on shoulders, got hauled up a half pipe, got carried down from a wall (or two)... it gave me a little faith in humanity - that people want to help other people.

This is one of those experiences I will never ever forget. That orange headband and these memories are going to stay with me forever. I can't believe that only three years ago I celebrated being able to run a half mile without stopping. And now? I'm a freaking TOUGH MUDDER. Excuse me while I bask in my awesomeness for a little while longer.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TUCKERKT 5/9/2012 9:32AM

    Congrats on making it up the half pipe. I said 3 attempts and I was out. They had just freshly poured the cooking oil while my team was attempting to get up. I got up there, but there was so much oil I couldn't grab onto anyone.

Best experience can't wait to do another one. Can't wait until it is in the Burgh next year!!

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TORTUETOO 5/3/2012 11:44AM

    Carrie, you're a bada**. And now you have the headband to prove it! Awesome job! emoticon

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CBAILEYC 5/3/2012 11:16AM

    Great report and pics! Thanks so for sharing.
Well done!
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    LOVE IT!!!!!

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TABBALOOSA 5/2/2012 9:11PM

    Oh, you really ARE freaking awesome!!! You rock! That is sooooo cool!

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ETTEZEUS 5/2/2012 7:39PM

    Enjoy that awesomeness! It was well earned!

And you are ONE TOUGH MUDDER!!

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MIAMIA7 5/2/2012 7:30PM

    Awesome isn't enough of a word! I guess Freakin' Awesome will have to do!
Way to go Carrie! We are all so proud of you!

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CAMROLA 5/2/2012 12:35PM

    Oh yeah you are!!!

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GIANNA345 5/2/2012 11:32AM

    That's great. I'd love to hear more about how you got involved and how you trained.

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RUNNERRACHEL 5/2/2012 11:21AM

    What an exciting event!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 5/2/2012 9:41AM

    You ARE emoticon

I got to the end of your blog and realized I was holding my breath. What a story!

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BILLALEX70 5/2/2012 7:37AM

    Sounds like you ROCKED it!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 5/2/2012 4:59AM

    You are definitely
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SCOTIANRUNNER 5/2/2012 12:53AM

    You bet your sweet butt you are!
Congrats on completing the Tough Mudder!

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TIGGER622 5/1/2012 11:15PM

    This sounds AMAZING!!! And you ARE AMAZING!!!! How coool!!! way to go!!!! i wanna do one now, see if i can be so amazing!!! YAY good job!!!

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MUFFIY831 5/1/2012 10:36PM

    Uh, you ARE FREAKING AWESOME. I am so proud of you, and it sounds like an (awful, awful) amazingly good time. :)

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    SUPER DUPER AWESOME!!!! I am so flippin' proud of you,Carrie!!!! Way too cool-and how did your mom find you at each place??? (that was my question with all the cool pics)

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BOBBYD31 5/1/2012 10:03PM

    that is so cool, hope i can do one some day!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/1/2012 9:56PM

    Wow, the name of the event really is appropriate, isn't it! Very tough! I love your pride in this blog. A Tough Mudder soooooooOOOO isn't for me though. I think I felt pain just reading this!!

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LYNNANN43 5/1/2012 9:44PM

    HOLY.... COW!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

You certainly are ONE TOUGH MUDDER!!!!!

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DRAGONCHILDE 5/1/2012 9:23PM

    That is SO awesome! I can't WAIT for mine! Well, I can... but I've got time. (9 more months? EEP!)

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JOPAPGH 5/1/2012 9:05PM

    Yup, awesome is as awesome does...

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JEM0622 5/1/2012 8:59PM

    Congrats! emoticon

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