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Mudderella Chicago Training

April 7, 2015 by Michelle

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Mudderella. I received complimentary admission to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Though I’m a workout kind of girl, I’ve only done two organized races in my entire fitness “career” if you will. But every time I see a color run or a mud run, I get a little jealous of all the people out there doing something that looks truly fun. And now it’s my turn, as I’m registered for the Chicago Mudderella on May 30 in Richmond, which is a totally doable drive for me.

Muderella Chicago Current training

Now here’s the twist. Mudderella isn’t just a mud run. No, in fact it is an all day athletic event in nine (and counting) cities across the US and two in Canada. It is a series of obstacles by women and for women, not that this precludes men from participating, of course, as long as they’ve been invited by a woman to be part of a team. Each course is just a little different. Yes, there is mud, but there’s so much more from crawling through narrow tunnels to piggy back riding across fields to sliding down giant wet slides to crossing tire swings and more.

I cannot wait.

That means I have a lot more to do to prep for this than just run. While courses are generally 5 to 7 miles long, the obstacles along the way will test my entire physical fitness. So that weights class I’ve been doing on Thursdays “when I make it” needs to happen a whole lot more often. Zumba? That’s great, but my step class needs to be added back in. And yes, I need to get outside and run more. And most importantly, I need to do some exercises at the gym after my “fun” classes are over.

Empty gym class

Mudderella is the motivation I’ve been looking for. I love being fit, and I enjoy my classes. But I am not friends with anyone at my gym except one person whose schedule never overlaps with mine, of course. I tend to do great at sticking with my routine for six months or a year before falling out of the habit whether because I’m bored with teh same thing over and over or some other reason. Now? I have my team challenge to keep me motivated.

The good news is that Mudderella has a suggested weekly training program. While I am not following it exactly – somehow we’re less than 8 weeks away from the Mudderella event! – it has given me great tips of areas to focus on that I might not otherwise have thought of myself. No, Mudderella isn’t a race and about coming in first, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to feel accomplished at the end. And I’m not skipping any obstacles (which is totally allowed by the way).

While I’m familiar with most of the moves – and the active training is the part I’m focusing on most  – there are some moves that are new to me. That’s again where Mudderella comes in handy for me by providing a visual and verbal description of each of them to ensure that I’m doing them correctly. The last thing I want to do is injure myself while training.

One thing I’ve figured out already is that I need new shoes. Yes, my shoes will get muddy while doing the Mudderella, and I’ll donate them once I’ve finished the course, but that doesn’t mean the shoes I have now are adequate. I’ve ordered new shoes that should be arriving on Thursday, and I can’t wait to put them to the test. It never fails to amaze me how my endurance increases and I have such a bounce in my step every time I get a new pair of quality shoes – which of course just tells me that I need to replace my shoes more often.

Gym shoes that need to be used

My team is created. I have three friends who will be joining me for the event, and we can’t wait to not just enjoy the day but also training together. With spring break just finishing up, our schedules haven’t meshed super well yet, but what better motivation to truly prep for Mudderella than to train with three of my favorite people to make it happen?

Think you might be up for a Mudderella challenge?

Check out the event schedule to see if there’s one nearby and form your own team. Current Mudderella events are hapening all over. Want to join my team? Send me an email, and let me know!

  • NY/NJ – May 9, 2015 – Englishtown, NJ
  • Chicago – May 30, 2015 – Richmond, IL (come hang with me!)
  • NorCal – June 27, 2015 – Vallejo, CA
  • Toronto – July 11, 2015 – Kitchener, ON Canada
  • Capital Region – July 25, 2015 – Clarksburg, MD
  • Colorado – August 22, 2015 – Snowmass Village, CO
  • Pittsburgh – September 12, 2015 – Slippery Rock, PA
  • Whistler – September 26, 2015 – Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler, BC Canada
  • New England – October 3, 2015 – Thompson, CT


  • Jenn

    Have fun! I did the Dirty Girl a while ago, and definitely needed to put more actual running into training that I did, but we survived it! Just tie that hair back out of your face!!!!!

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