Megan (pictured right) with some of her teammates
Last weekend, Megan (a dynamic member of our salesforce team) travelled with her team to the Poconos to tackle the Tough Mudder, a "hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit and camaraderie...Tough Mudder has raised more than $3 million for the Wounded Warrior Project," an organization whose mission is: "To honor and empower wounded warriors."
As if raising money to help wounded veterans wasn't enough, the course offers the following challenge:
"To get through mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity you'll need teammates to pick you up when your spirits dip. To get over 12 foot walls and through underground mud tunnels, you'll need teammates to give you a boost and a push..."
Congrats Megan and team!!! What an amazing feat. What follows is her recap below:
"I would like to think of myself as someone who is not afraid of a challenge. I kick box almost every day. I've competed in "Mud Runs" before. I've run the New York Marathon. I'm married. And yet nothing I have ever done compares to running the Tough Mudder. This is not a race at all. As you stand at the starting line you take an oath; the Tough Mudder oath. The first promise in that oath is that it's not a race, it's a challenge. The idea is not to finish faster than everyone else, it's to make sure that everyone else finishes.
At first this didn't make sense to me because, shocker, I'm competitive. However, as the race went on I began to understand. This race is hard. Almost thirteen miles of hilly terrain with twenty seven obstacles (not to mention it was twenty seven degrees when we started) is brutal no matter who you are. So the challenge is there no matter what. What makes it special is its focus on helping your fellow mudders. It starts off small, some obstacles are easily overcome by yourself. Some with team work. Then by the end, you can't continue without help from others. That is what makes the Tough Mudder special. You can't finish it alone and no one can finish it without you. You are tired and cold, but when you are standing at the bottom of a twenty foot wall, you need someone to pull you up. When you are sitting atop a twenty foot wall, you need to pull someone else up with you. You make it past a set of greased monkey bars only to see someone else fall into the ice water below, you immediately go to help them. You realize it's not about you, it is about your team.
Well earned suds at the finish!
Before you start, the MC tells the story of a Wounded Warrior (their charity) who ran the course you were about the run. The difference is that due to his service in the US military he was a double leg amputee. He finished the race. He finished and it wasn't on his own. Everyone around him helped him get through, and he helped all of them get through as well. Best thing I ever did. Seriously, hands down, best. I've already signed up for my next one in August."