I've been running obstacle races (OCR) now for 3.5 years - my first was The Major Series back in March 2013. Back then I didn't know much about OCR and I only found out about this one because I did British Military Fitness (BMF). I knew of the big names Tough Mudder and Tough Guy, and only dreamed of doing one of those races one day. As I got more into the scene and actually participated in these 'big' races I realised that they weren't so scary after all and were actually very achievable and fun.
2014 was the year I really got into OCR. I heard about World’s Toughest Mudder (WTM) at some point along the way and it instantly hit me as something I knew I wanted to do. I used social media to keep me up to date with everything that happened in the 2014 event in the Nevada Desert, even though I had no idea who anyone running was, it just amazed me what these people could do. I never thought I could do it. Honestly.... Well ok that's not true. I wanted to do it so much that I was willing to fly out there, do a couple of laps, go to bed, wake up and do another lap and that would see me get my 24 hrs headband. I always had it as a ‘reach for the stars’ goal. Something I would do 'one day'. I never realised it would happen so soon.
2015 I did a few more OCRs (with an exponential growth!) and again I followed the 2015 WTM event online. This year they had video updates throughout the event and I watched them all. I so wanted to be there. It was all still a pipe dream though; I mean how could I go and do something like that?
Well, it's thanks to my friend Harriet that my journey started really, because one cold Jan evening early 2016 I saw a post on Facebook (FB) saying that she had bought a ticket to WTM and was doing it later that year. I was a bit surprised actually; she was ACTUALLY going. I mean, someone I knew was going to the event I wanted to do. Did that make it seem a little bit more achievable? Yes, it did. If she could do it, why not me? It was that moment I made up my mind that I was going to do WTM.
It took me a couple of months to actually follow through and sign up, but like I said, my mind was made and I started training as if I was going to WTM.
This blog is about my journey over the year getting ready to attend the big event and it starts of all the places in the world, in Thailand.