Saturday, May 1, 2010
Tough Mudder Eve
It certainly feels like Christmas eve with all the excitement in the air. An article in the NY times, the Tough Mudder folks keeping participants uber-informed with frequent e-mail updates, my team mates preparing and contemplating what to expect, what to wear, what to take along, where to meet, and my co-workers and friends sending and calling with well-wishes. This is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated events I've done in a long time. Not in terms of the event itself (I get excited for ALL of them!), but in terms of PR that's circulating around it. There's a different vibe attached to an event that's getting a good bit of press, especially when that event is completely sold out, including spectators. Hawaii Xterra 5 years ago was the last time this magnitude of press came with an event. My final pre-event run and obstacles happened yesterday at lunch, at work, on river front in Harrisburg. Yes, it's flat, but I made it "hilly" by running up and down the steps and embankment paths at every chance I had. It was a 4-miler, and I stopped and did a couple of the fitness stations like the push-up bar, chin-ups, and the stretch thingy they have along the route. Because the Tough Mudder isn't timed and timing finishers isn't part of the philosophy, it occurred to me yesterday I didn't have to worry to much about speed work anymore -- just run and have fun. I like that. Thanks Tough Mudder!