The older I get, however, the more prone I am to injury. I could break a hip! I also seem to be training for a marathon every year so the last thing I want to do is sprain an ankle (or break a hip!) in the months leading up to a big race. So basically, I am adamantly against racing any of these obstacle events...unless your name is Slim. And you ask me. Actually, Slim texted me the other night about doing the Urban Mudder in New York City this July. I said yes (immediately) because, well it's Slim. He is one of my best friends in the world who also happens to also be an amazing athlete. He holds the 800 meter record at our university. Not a college, but a university. Meaning a lot of students. He probably could have gone to the Olympics if he hadn't torn his hamstring in his junior year. Today he no longer is the long and lean track star he once was in college, instead he is a buff gym rat and former United States Marine. Essentially, the guy I want on my team.
The Urban Mudder will take place on Randall's Island under the Ed Koch Bridge. Mr. Freighbor, Pete, and I ran the Nike Human Race there in 2008. The course was reminiscent of the original Escape From New York. I expected Kurt Russell to jump out from behind a graffitied pylon wearing an eye patch and snarling. This seems like it will be the perfect setting for the Mudder race. A partial urban wasteland, chock full of abandoned cars, broken bottles, and the place where concrete highway dividers go to die. As long as I don't have to rub city rats all over my body or swim in an ice cold 12 feet deep pool of mud - with rats, I think it will be blast. We already have about ten other people wanting to be on our team. More likely they want to be on Slim's team. I'm just along for the pain.
Friday (2/13/15) - 5 miles outside
Saturday (2/14/15) - 6.5 miles outside
Monday (2/16/15) - 6.4 miles outside. What treadmill?