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What makes someone a veteran Mucker? Because of the obstacles on the course, the accomplishment of the finish, and the comradery between runners, a veteran Mucker is anyone who has completed at least one Mud Run at Titus Mountain! We decided to interview one of those veterans to give newbies (and other veterans) a different perspective than our own. After all, we might be a little biased over our race!
Our first interview was with Amanda C. Her first Mud Run was in 2013 when Titus Mountain held the first annual Dirty Dog Mud Run. She then signed up for the 2015 Mud & Mucker Challenge—so she has two mud runs at Titus under her belt! You could also say she’s loyal to the events that we put on, since Titus events are the only ones she runs in!
So let’s get to know about Amanda before we get her thoughts on the Mud & Mucker! For a girl whose favorite food is lobster, she’s got some pretty down to earth interests. When she’s not running in Mud Runs, she’s an outdoor person who picks activities to fill her time based on the season. Camping in the summer, hunting in the fall, downhill skiing in the winter, and four-wheeling in the spring are some of her go-to pastimes.
In preparation for the Mud Run, we asked her what her favorite type of exercise was. “Twelve ounce curls!” was the first thing out of her mouth. “Just kidding,” she laughed. Turns out her favorite exercise is actually bike riding… although both are helpful in training for the Mud & Mucker!
We finally got into the nuts and bolts of the race and what she liked, disliked, and what newbies could expect. When I asked her what her favorite thing about the Mud & Mucker was, she replied that she enjoyed the whole event. “My favorite part was crossing the finish line… the sense of accomplishment knowing I succeeded” was her final response.
Her favorite obstacle was the “Wall Kiss,” even though she said she didn’t quite make it. “I didn’t quite make it—I ended up stuck waste deep in the mud!” And her least favorite obstacle? Without hesitation she shouted, “THE BEAST!”
What’s her tip to a new runner? “One of the biggest bits of advice I would give is to do some […] hiking. Also, I would suggest wearing a fitted pair of shorts or capris. One you start to get wet and muddy you will appreciate it!”
And if we were to give her the reigns to make her own design, she said she would design some sort of slip and slide. She was disappointed When there was a snafu with the slip’n’slide the first year. “I had spectators pour their water bottles down so I could attempt sliding!” Little does she know that we have a great slip’n’slide obstacle up our sleeves for this year!
Amanda finished with her favorite motivational quote: “The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” The quote by Vince Lombardi is a great fit for our race. It doesn’t matter if you are a mud run veteran or a newbie, a couch potato or exercise fiend—if you get up and show up to the challenge you’re guaranteed to have a good time!
See you in less than a month racers!
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