Remember when I told you HERE that my husband was planning on racing a Tough Mudder? My crazy cool husband just completed this mud race and I am one happy wife. The course included 22 military style obstacles and 13 miles of trail that wove straight up a Colorado mountain! As I previously mentioned, my cousin's husband, Josh, also raced with Chris.
The Tough Mudder obstacles included ice bath swims, barbed wire, balancing, extreme jumping and climbing, live electricity, and more. Here is a sample of what these
In an event that requires SO much mental and physical strength it is important to have fun and not take yourself too seriously! A lot of the energy on the course was filled with silly costumes, racers singing between huffs on mountainside, and people laughing at themselves at they slipped down the slopes. It's OKAY if you want to try a race and skip some obstacles. Life is brief and our moments are a treasure. Just get out there and live, even if you can't do it ALL.
Never take yourself too seriously.
Never hold back.
Always love your moments.
...besides, everyone logically thinks to wear a tutu and a purple wig when they do the toughest event on the planet, right?
To kick off the morning on race day, all the kids wore shirts that created a HUMAN BANNER to surprise their daddies!
This breathtaking mountain is the very ONE they raced up, over, and around!
The Colorado mountains have been a longtime favorite of mine.
Oh yes, they have my HEART.
As the guys raced, we walked along beautiful trails, trying to find the best place to spot the racers!
And while they were covered in mud and sweat and pretty much dying, we were relaxing in the breeze on the ski lifts...
My parents and brother came to watch and I was EXTRA happy that my grandparents traveled up from Arizona to share in the excitement too! Thank you Grandma and Grandpa!
My Grandma with Titus.
Once we found the perfect spot to wait for the guys, all the kids lined up and high-fived the racers!
I was stuffing lots of energy and anticipation in my spirit as I waited to see Chris and Josh arrive at the various obstacles! It seemed to take FOREVER!
While we waited, the kids practiced their TOUGH MUDDER skills.
Kotah Bear being a Tough Mudder. This boy has always wanted to be just like his Daddy.
Tough Mudders in Training throughout the day!
Finally the guys arrived at the summit! My Grandma cheered Chris and Josh on as they appeared on top of the mountain!
We were so excited to spy our MEN in the crowd...
After the reached the summit, they were half way done, with more excitement on the way. I'll finish off by sharing more extreme pictures to recap the event:
Here is a quick picture story of what our guys did that was so ABSOLUTELY COOL:
FIRST, the race began on the side of a steep mountain. Their first challenge was to run STRAIGHT up the mountain side.
On your marks! Get set!
They jumped over super tall walls...
They got baptized by mud!
Chris clearing the log walls...
They ran through LIVE electric wires...
because that is the cool thing to do,
At this point, I think Chris got shocked
because his face is telling me that
he just thought, "ef, electricity hurts!".
These two are total beasts!
(oh and they're super hot too)
This half pipe was the most FUN to watch!
A TON of people would run up, not make it,
and come flying back down. It was entertaining. ;)
Chris on the HalfPipe!
Like a Boss YOOOO!
When our guys' mud covered shoes stamped across the finish line, I felt so proud of them inside. I've always admired determination, fortitude, and people who push themselves beyond their limits. Way to go Chris and Josh! You have my full admiration and respect.
Clean up shower time!
It's a beautiful thing to see
what the human body is capable of
when we let our minds
master the challenge!
Thank you Josh and Chris for demonstrating
the character of strong men,
physically, mentally, and emotionally,
leading by example as role models of
endurance and dedication
for your families.
*A BIG thanks to my Dad for taking a LOT of these amazing action shots! I appreciate you Dad!
**The government makes me say that I was compensated for this post but all thoughts and opinions are my own and always will be!
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