Live Journaling a Tough Mudder: Fire, Electrocution and More

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How do you top punishments like dressing in drag and walking in front of the White House with a sandwich board that says “I’m an author, please hire me?”

That’s easy! Run a Tough Mudder, and risk your health in one of the most rigorous challenge races out there.

[Author’s Note: I couldn’t justify a new Ducati.]

Over the next two days, I will be traveling and live journaling a trip to South Carolina to run a Tough Mudder with local DC ad exec and friend Scott Stephens. You can follow my live updates on Twitter and Google+.

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Before we fully get into the pain factor, while I decided against putting you through a full-on Punish Geoff Fundraiser, there is a charitable angle.

Tough Mudders raise awareness and monies for the Wounded Warrior Project, which helps injured service members aid and assist each other. The Wounded Warrior Project also provides programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members. If you feel so inclined, donate here.

The Pain

This Tough Mudder thing is no joke. It’s hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.

Electrocution? Yes.

Freezing swim in 36 degree water? Yes.

Walk through fire? Yes.

And on and on.

Tough Mudder

Scott and I are running the race tomorrow. Our team is called the Beltway Bandits, the colorful term for local contractors working with the federal government.

This will be the most physically challenging day of my life.

Pray for us.

But it should be a boatload of fun, too!

[Author’s Note: Tough Mudders are for men in denial about middle age.]

Thank you for your support.

  • You’re one tough mudder anyway Geoff. And you smoke a mean cigar too. To your author’s note — I recently overcame my middle age denial, which thankfully excuses me from feeling any guilt about not competing in such a grueling competition. But I will make a donation…and pray for you too!

    • geofflivingston

      Thank you so much, it was a blast, and I really appreciate your support as does Wounded Warriors, Paul. Day after means it is time for the victory cigar!

  • Good luck with it you Mudder Pudders!

    • geofflivingston

      Thank you, sir!

  • I’m proud of you, buddy.

    • geofflivingston

      Thank you! Made it!

  • Good Luck. And, when you feel you can’t go on, do what the British Special Forces do …Think of the Queen. Imagine you’re doing it for her.

    • geofflivingston

      If only she were younger, sigh. ;) Your British Special Forces are amazingly cunning when it comes to kicking Yankee butt.

  • This is amazing. Don’t be the guy who keeps fainting in the electro-pond.

    • geofflivingston

      God damn that thing (the Electric Eel) annoyed me. Hated that!

  • I’m praying. And smiling. You’ll rock it, I know:)

    • geofflivingston

      It was a blast, for sure! You should do one!!!

  • You’re going to kill this! Good luck!!

    • geofflivingston

      Done and done! Thank you.

  • You have to conquer (and you will!) the Tough Mudder so that Daniel Cohen and I will feel more hopeful about our chances.

  • Good luck. This is on my list of things to do. Will be curious to see how it goes.

  • That is freakishly cool and something I could not imagine doing myself. Good for you.

    • geofflivingston

      Thank you! It was a blast for sure!

  • I will see you tomorrow! FYI: Tough Mudder is NOT for just for men: I am female, middle age (did I really just write that?) am running my SECOND Tough Mudder in SC tomorrow (Sunday) after a successful run in Tampa, FL in December 2011! I am so glad you ventured our way and I can’t wait to read your follow up on how it was. Mental strength is VERY important and the glory is worth the pain, every second of it. :)

    • geofflivingston

      You are right, there were a lot of women running, and one actually saved my butt around mile 8. Good luck with your Tough Mudder Experience today!

  • I would do this if I were 30 years younger. Maybe… Thanks for supporting our veterans. And BE CAREFUL!

    • geofflivingston

      My running mate Scott was 51! He handled it like a champ. Thanks for your well wishes!

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  • Remind me to accept my middle age.

    Good luck Geoff!!

    • geofflivingston

      Hahahahha! Indeed.