This coming Saturday, I will be doing the Rugged Maniac 5k mud run for the second time.
There is a lot more to it than miles and mud. There are 25 obstacles along the 5k course, so it’s more a series of obstacles that you run from one to another.
The course includes fire jumps, water slides, trampolines, and underground tunnels. In other words, it’s sort of a fun version of the more rigorous challenges, like the Tough Mudder, which I did last year.
One similarity is that they both give you a beer at the end, and it’s a well earned beer.
I’ve got a paid of sneakers that are worn out with the bottom peeling off. I’ll be wearing those and tossing them after the race.
Just to be clear, the Rugged Maniac is not easy. It is easier than the longer races, but still lots of physical challenges that will have my old body aching on Sunday.
Still, I can’t wait for it.