Tough Mudder 2012 (Beaver Creek, Colorado)

By Brian Latturner

I was a one man team.....the story of my life. I'm just teasing. I had offers to do the course with others, but this year I was determined to push my body hard and finish the course in the best time I possibly could.

Originally, my buddy Adam was going to join me, but his time was extremely limited and he was unable to get his butt in shape. He couldn't even run a mile and I think he just lost interest knowing that I would be ditching him on the course as I pursued my best.

We turned the trip from Salt Lake City to Beaver Creek, Colorado into a family event. My two kids and two of their friends came along and we had a nice road trip and spent some good family time together. We even took the scenic routes on the drive, plus did a nice hike the night before the event.

On the day of the event, I was pumped. I felt strong and just being around all those other excited, pumped up folks motivated me that much more. Going into the run I had no idea how many miles it would be. The website said 10-12 and I had been training for 10. My goal was to do the 10 miles in under 2 hours.

I began at 12:04 and I pushed myself for 2 hours and 28 minutes. In the end, the course ended up being 11.9 miles. Given the fact that I went through 26 obstacles, ran in wet clothes and shoes, and got caught in a few bottlenecks behind walkers, I was extremely pleased with my course time. My training paid off and I'm happy with my accomplishment.

The obstacles were a bunch of fun. Take a look at my video of the event as I saw it. I recorded it with my GoPro. Take a look at some of the obstacles. Obviously seeing them in the video is nothing like actually being there, but it'll give you an idea.

In the end, I would definitely recommend that you adventure junkies give one of these events a try. They're a good time for sure.