Head Scratcher obstacle at the Rugged Maniac in Austin, TX 2015

I am a Rugged Maniac

I like to exercise in a variety of ways – jogging, walking, cycling, hiking. But I also like participating in unpleasant physical challenges.

Last year, I completed both the Tough Mudder and Rugged Maniac obstacle races, when they took place in Austin, TX.

After each one, I was sure I would never want to do them again, because they are sort of unpleasant. The Tough Mudder was a whole lot more rigorous, but I especially did not like getting shocked at the end.

On the other hand, the Rugged Maniac was a fun kind of torture. While the Tough Mudder was around 12 miles long, the Rugged Maniac was a 5k. Both had dozens of obstacles, but the fatigue really set in with the Tough Mudder with all of that ground work.

Getting cocky after cruising through a Rugged Maniac obstacle
Getting cocky after cruising through a Rugged Maniac obstacle

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind covering crazy miles. I am signed up to complete the AVON 39 this October in New York City. This will be the fourth time I walk 39.3 miles over two days to raise money to fight breast cancer.

But anyway, I think I am one and done with the Tough Mudder, and I will have a look into doing another Rugged Maniac in 2016. Who’s with me?

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