So today I set off for Cambridge with one of my running friends to take part in a obstacle course training day. I was really excited about today seeing as I have rather insanely agreed to doing Mens Health Survival of the Fittest next weekend! Walls were the one thing I was really worried about so was keen to get to practice how to get over them!
The drive up had been dry but foggy and I was relieved to arrive and find it wasn’t raining! Don’t get me wrong I was excited about getting caked in mud but rain before you’ve even started is never fun! We set off for a little jog around the course before a warm up which involved warming up with your partner, me and my friend had a right giggle trying to tap each others hips and then doing push ups and then slapping our hands which showered us in a spray of wet mud!
Once warmed up we were grouped off and then sent to our first obstacles, our first obstacle turned out to be the wall and then a cargo net and a-frame. The wall it turned out wasn’t too hard, with some help from my new chums! Its also given me some cute bruises! The cargo net was fun and not as bad I had thought, I loved sliding along the mud on my stomach! The a-frame wasn’t too bad the first time around but the more people used it the slipperier it got, it was pretty high and I have to admit not my favourite thing to do!
After we moved onto the monkey bars and then jumping over the wooden fence posts. Monkey bars I cannot do! I can hang if the bars aren’t too wet but I haven’t mastered swinging very well yet! Must work on my upper body strength! The jumping over was fun! I wasn’t sure I had the guts to release one hand in order to bring my other leg through but I managed it and didn’t fall flat on my face! Landing in huge puddles of mud made it even more fun!
Then came what can only be described as two flat panels of MDF leaning against one another with a rope to help you climb it. It turned out it wasn’t as easy to get up as first appeared. The wood had a ledge half way up but trying to reach that was tough! Pulling yourself up a wet slippery rope on a flat wet slippery surface where your feet are slipping isn’t easy! A good shove from my friend and I made it up, then had to try getting over and slowly lowering myself along the rope the otherside. First time I managed the slowly, one hand at a time lowering, after that I kept just plunging to the ground on my stomach! It was hard work and not my favourite!
Our next obstacle was the huge a-frame cargo net. Rob taught us how to get up it, not looking at our feet, something I didn’t find all that easy! And then swinging our legs over the top and ‘abseiling’ down the other side! It turned out trail shoes have a tendancy of getting stuck in that net! We then had to run around and do tyre run. I quite enjoyed the net. I felt pretty safe on it and enjoyed trying to get over quicker!
After the net was our final obstacle, the inverted wall. It was a mega inverted wall! None of our team managed to get over without assistance. We ended up giving each other a leg up and then managed to try slowly lowering ourselves to the ground! It was hilarious landing in the mud at the bottom!
Once we had all been educated on each of the obstacles we got a turn to run the whole of the obstacle course which included tyre carries, all the obstacles we had done during the training segments as well as some nice smelly pools of muddy water and some hills to climb. We made our way around with a lovely chap who we had befriended in our group and who was an invaluable resource at pulling us out of ditches and helping us over walls!!!
When we finished the route, suitable drenched and mud covered we then got to take part in some drills involving tyres, squats and running. My quad had completely seized up and squatting was absolute agony but we got there in the end.
Then it was time for a quick group photo before getting out of our wet clothes and into something much warmer!! When your hands are freezing and your muscles are seizing up we discovered getting very wet tight clothing off is quite a workout in itself! Car heaters on full blast and we were off to talk about our adventure warming up over a huge bowl of hot chocolate!
I absolutely loved the morning and although I am now bruised covered, which I LOVE, my mum thinks I’m a weirdo for how often I keep checking to see how much the bruises have come out! And I ache all over! It was awesome. I cannot wait to do mens health next weekend and feel way more prepared now! Its going to be awesome!
The day was organised by the brilliant website muddyrace.co.uk, check them out, they are also active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, it was held at a brilliant training ground called Fortitude Fitness, a great assault course in Cambridge!