When the going gets tough, the tough get muddy!

Sometimes I get strange ideas into my head, and develop an obsessive impulse to do them, no matter how often the rational voice in my head tells me “this is literally the worst decision you’ve made since the last one.” Sometimes these little obsessions don’t last very long.

For example: magic (1986-89, 1994-95, 2003-04). Or poi (Dec 25 2007-Dec 26 2007). Or strap-on heelies (Dec 25 2007, 12:30:00-Dec 25 2007, 12:30:12). [Incidentally, the last two items lit up, resulting in my older brother declaring I was like The Tick.]

Sometimes however I do get an impulse to do things and see them through. One of these is running. After tackling a few 10ks, half-marathons and the London Marathon (and because I’m not being invited back for the VLM 2014), I’ve decided to have a crack at a Tough Mudder.

For those not in the know, this is a 10 to 13 mile run designed by the British Armed Forces. And being designed by the army, it couldn’t just be a straight run.

No. This run involves uphills. And downhills. And off-road trails. And mud. Lots of mud. Deep mud.

And water. And walls to clamber over. And fences. And ropes. And monkey bars. And barbed wire.

The barbed wire is often combined with the mud, but sometimes with water. Or ice. Or fire.

Have I mentioned the electricity yet? Electricity too. Sometimes combined with water.

So yeah. I’m doing that in April. Because I wasn’t using my body for anything particularly important.

As ever, there is charity involved, so if you fancy chucking a few quid my way, donations go straight to Help for Heroes.

My donation page can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/donate/the-league-of-ordinary-gentlemen-paul-anderson/275391.

I’m running as part of a team (currently numbering just myself!) called The League of Ordinary Gentlemen. If you’re in the west London way and fancy joining the League, I shan’t say no.

But I won’t hold it against you if you prefer to stay warm, dry, and un-electrocuted either…

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