“Give, but give until it hurts.” - Mother Teresa

When I began fundraising for Coram, I remember thinking what's the one thing I could do that would shock friends and family who know me so well.. so I did that one thing. To the extreme. 

Not only my first 10K race, but probably the first decent amount of exercise I've done for over 6 years, chuck in 23 physically challenging obstacles and you have Revolution Runs. I can see the look on my auntie Meema's face when I say that I did no training for this race, none at all. 

So, the morning of the race, my boyfriend (who I will be forever grateful to, for doing this race for no reason other than to support me) and I, peeled ourselves away from a warm bed and headed down to well.. the middle of nowhere. I had absolutely no idea what to expect and seeing the groups of large, muscly men who had definitely done more training than me didn't calm my nerves. But with the support of our families cheering us on at the start line, we began running. 

I won't bore you (because I won't enjoy reliving) each and every obstacle we completed in the race, but to name a few.. 

Wet Willy: (The Mile Walk in Water Up To Your Hips) - The description says it all. A Mile Walk in very, very, cold, muddy water. The only positive I can fathom that came out of this obstacle was how as you exited the water with mud everywhere, no other obstacle scared you. 
Up 'N' Under: (Army Crawl With Your Face in the Mud) - Observing this obstacle from the queue was enough to put you off, but once you were lying on your chest, face deep in the mud, you just got on with it.. there was no other way out. 
Slippery When Wet: (Water Slide!) - Not intentionally a painful obstacle, but when you get lifted off the ground from a collision (shown below), this can definitely bruise you. 

I'm no expert, but some advice..

1. I bought a Nike Headband for £3 a few days before the race and I swear it saved my life that day. I wore the headband covering my ears for the duration of the race, and despite an annoying itch it gave me on my forehead, I put my success in completing the race down to the headband. Being the only clean item I had in my possession for the last mile, the headband wiped blood (sweat and tears), faces and hands. As soon as I took the headband off, I was freezing cold for the first time in the race. I don't know the science behind this, but something in that small piece of material covering my ears was magic.

2. Take a disposable camera. I definitely do not regret the £4 I spent prior to the race on a cheap disposable camera from ASDA. Even though it spent the majority of the race down my top due to my hands being too muddy to even touch it, the photo's we did manage to snap during the race are definitely precious memories. 

3. Everybody helps everybody. Every participant helps everybody else. If you're about to fall backwards in the mud, somebody will catch you. Need help over a wall? Somebody will lift you. The camaraderie of the race was so uplifting, there were so many groups, differing with so many physical abilities, giving up just didn't cross my mind.

4. Have fun! As the race started, I soon realised running wasn't all that important, and neither are your fitness levels. I think the most important thing to prepare before the race is the group of people who you'll be running (walking) with. The video below was definitely one of many funny moments.

Who knows, maybe you'll see me doing another one next year..

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