I’m doing Tough Mudder on Sunday! I’m both excited and concerned.
I did my first TM in Spring of last year. It was Tough Mudder Half. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to try a Full race. I volunteered the next day to get a sweet discounted registration. I was supposed to do the Full race a year ago, but it was postponed, due to the awful fires in that area.
At that time, my fitness level was declining because I had been dealing with some abdominal pain issues and it was getting in the way of my training. I ended up getting laparoscopic surgery earlier this year to remove a couple cysts. I lost an ovary and my tubes. The cysts had low malignant potential so they had to go. After I healed from my surgery, I thought I’d be ready to jump back into my training, but I lost a lot of motivation. I think part of it is because I cant do things I used to be able to do when I was training a lot harder. I lost strength and endurance during that time I was nursing pain and focusing on my well being.
It wasn’t only the surgery. This year I had one molar extracted and a root canal on another molar. I kept getting recurring toothaches for both those teeth and tooth pain is way too miserable for me to want to push myself at the gym. I finally got both those teeth dealt with, so this year so far I have gotten rid of a tooth, a nerve, an ovary, and my tubes. All of them were causing me pain and hindering my performance.
There’s one more things that has been causing me pain and I haven’t quite figured out how to deal with it. (Yes, being in my mid 40’s has brought some changes. It wasn’t too long ago that I was wondering why I even pay medical insurance because I never even need to go to the doctor. Well, that changed.) Anyways, I also have arthritis. Sometimes my joints ache in certain areas. It comes and goes in different areas. Sometimes it leaves me alone for a while, and sometimes it stays for a few months. I first experienced it in my hands. One time it affected my feet really bad and the doctor said I probably have plantar fasciitis. But they ended up feeling better after a few months. My latest issue is my lower back. My joints ache and I have pain in my lower back and hip areas. I often feel like I need to pop my lower back. It’s annoying. I haven’t been wanting to lift weights or do any jumping. Sometimes I have good days and I’ll go to the gym, but I have that fear that I am going to annoy my back even further. With that being said, I have not trained properly for this race.
I’m just gonna do the race and be cautious, try to make the best of it. If I can’t do something, or shouldn’t do something, then I won’t. If I end up running a “Weak Mudder” race, then I will just end up doing the race again one day when I am in a better physical position to accept a greater challenge. That’s the best I can do. I hope I surprise myself this weekend without suffering after.