We’re a diverse bunch us ADRCers. We have our ‘elite’ road runners, we have our cross country stalwarts, we even have Collo and his love of Shabby Chic. We also have our nutters. The Danj’s who like the isolation of sitting in the mountains drinking condensation with nipple clamps on…….we have the makings of a Tri team scattered in and amongst. We have our obstacle runners…….This is why I write today.
Sunday 32nd January is Tough Guy 2015 , so tough it has it’s own date. Duncan and I will be travelling to Wolverhampton to take on the ultimate in obstacle running. The toughest, coldest challenge there is. I’m now a veteran of Tough Mudder, Total Warrior, Spartan, Yorkshire Warrior, Pain Barrier. Duncan is a veteran of many things, he is an Ironman, 140.6 mile in one go across 3 disciplines. Whilst I would never compare Tough Guy to Ironman, I will say it’s one of the hardest things I’ve done and I include Marathon running in that.
The drop out rate is huge, people can’t finish the course for various reasons, injury and hypothermia being two. The course is a gruelling 9 miler of knee deep mud, steep, hands on the floor, inclines. It is also a course that has water round every corner, some knee deep, some that submerges you completely, icy, glassy, so cold it burns, water. It’s the cold that does most damage, to the mind and the body, I have run alongside people crying, I have watched people drop out. I have watched people finish and it’s for this reason any of us do what we do. Pain is temporary, pride is forever.
This Sunday promises to rank among one of the tougher events because of the harsh winter weather we’ve seen……
Spare a thought for us while you’re out hitting the road or in hitting the Sunday roast, whatever we do, we’re linked by running, there are times we hate it, times we love it, but rarely do we finish a run and not feel a sense of pride that whilst it would be easier to sit and do nothing, running cleanses the body and strengthens the mind, allegedly……….