This weekend Reese and his friends from college competed in the Central Texas Tough Mudder in Rockdale Texas. The name is pretty accurate-- it is tough and it is muddy or so I am told. For the record, I did get splashed with mud while in the heat of the picture taking action, so I can vouch. Street cred is important in rigorous athletic endeavors like the Tough Mudder.
The whole idea is to work as a team to run 10ish miles periodically stopping to do ridiculous obstacles... basically it is for people who are insane. Our boys did a great job they showed great strength and endurance (the beer at the end of the race had NOTHING to do with that I am sure). We were seriously so proud of them! With obstacles with names like "Electric Shock Therapy" (running through charged electrical wires) and "Arctic Enema" (Jumping into a ridiculously cold ice bath) and "The Mud Mile" (a mile of mud hills to climb over) you could not pay me enough to attempt it. It was great to see the boys really work as a team and encourage one another when it seemed to difficult to move on. Even as just a spectator I felt encouraged and motivated!
The boys finished with pride in their eyes, bruises that tell the story for weeks to come and a beer in their hand the perfect way to end a race. The girls left with with man respect for our men and some pretty sick tan lines! We finished up the weekend with a well deserved trip to Austin's 6th Street where we sang the night away at Pete's Piano Bar!
Team MUDstache Before/After
and if you wanna see the 34548 pictures I took you can see them HERE