Tub on the Run

The joy of Timehop

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I’ve only recently got on the Timehop wagon, and I’ve found it quite amusing to see what random drivel I have posted to various social media accounts over the last few years.  Actually, some of it is quite terrifying.  I had to smile when this one popped up this morning:

Timehop Commando Challenge

About 6 months before, in roughly March/April 2010, I thought that 10k wasn’t too far.  And I thought that an obstacle course sounded fun.  Combining these, I also thought it would be a great idea to rope my manager and work friend into doing it.  After all, it was for charity.  So we entered the Commando Challenge.  This was a long, long time before I’d heard of Spartan races or Tough Mudders.  The Commando Challenge is made up of approximately 3 miles of the Royal Marine’s commando course, sandwiched between two 1.5 mile runs.

In typical Tub style, I was overenthusiastic to start off with, went hell for leather on a training plan, got bored, wandered back to the sofa and waited for the event to come around, hoping all the while that someone other than me would pull out.  My manager had the sense to do so, but with a steep entry fee and a stubborn work friend, I didn’t get the chance to drop out, and she roped her sister into making our team up to 3 (you needed a minimum number of 3 in a team, and you couldn’t enter on an individual basis).

I was up bright and early, and was welcomed by a cool and bright autumn morning.  Matt and I drove and parked up at Bicton Arena where everything started and finished.  My team mates joined us and we went to pay our sponsorship money in and retrieve our number.  After a brief warm up, we were off.

I couldn’t run very far, and found the hilly terrain hard going.  I know the area well, so I’m not sure why I was surprised at how hard it was.

Learning point: wear proper running shoes (you’ll regret it later if you don’t!).

Then came the obstacle course.  I’d always wondered why marines are so short.  Most that I had ever come across were shorter than me (at 5 ft 8).  As I crawled through the smartie tubes (corrugated metal tubes that are covered with soil), it became very clear why – I struggled getting through them, so anyone taller definitely would have had issues.

Learning point: wear knee pads.

Next up was “Peter’s Pool”.  I have no idea why the pool is named after Peter, or who Peter is, but I could only deduce that maybe he was overly fond of ice baths.  This was a wade through waist deep cold water.  While it was refreshing for a moment, coming out of the other side was just plain mean – frozen legs trying to run up a loose gravel hill.  Peters Pool was followed by the Sheep Dip.  Two marines standing in the water, one of either side of a low concrete bridge – one to push you under, one to pull you through.

Sheep Dip Collage

Learning point: wear trousers that will stay up, or have a strategically placed marine in the event of a photo opportunity. 

Slipping uphill

I remember slipping and sliding up the bog, a couple more tunnels and a mud slide before being released back on to the road for the final 3k slog back to base and over the finish line.  The last kilometre was painful for my knees and even worse in my hips and I did think at one point that I was going to have to call for someone to tow me over the line!

Learning Point: Smile at photographers – don’t bare your teeth…

Home straight

I was so glad to get to the end.  I was last back from our team, coming in at just over 2 and a half hours.  I could almost die when I remember the time it took!  This is why I rarely refer to it as my first 10k, as I don’t think that 2 and a half hours counts as a run.

Finished

I was so relieved to get home!  It took me four long showers to get all the mud and foliage out.  I then proceeded to sleep for the rest of the afternoon!  It was at this point that I decided “never again”.  I no longer get swept up in tales of Tough Mudders or Spartan challenges when I see glowing reviews on blogs or Twitter.  I’m glad I completed it, but I have no desire to do it ever again.

Obstacle races – yay or nay?

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Author: Steph

Blogger learning to live a healthier life, losing weight and starting to run.

13 thoughts on “The joy of Timehop

  1. That looks like a lot of fun! I could see how doing it one time is enough, though. :]

  2. I love Timehop. So many memories!
    I was so nervous about my first obstacle race last month but absolutely loved it when I was there. I also underestimated just how long it would take me to complete and was a little surprised when I was still on the course more than two hours later!

    • It is great isn’t it! Though I am disturbed by the amount of crap I have posted on facebook over the years! The Gladiator Games did look tough – armpit deep water and a travellator… phew! 🙂

  3. I am firmly in the no camp for this sort of thing. I don’t mind mud, but the obstacles just look horrible, and I would not want to spend money on entering and then ruin my shoes in the process.

  4. Madness! There was me thinking I was nuts to do all my long walks.

    Totally unrelated but important. Do you back up your blog? If you don’t start right now! My blog has been hack and I have lost it. Some may be salvageable but I’m not sure if I have the heart. Anyway, I’ve picked myself up and started over with http://www.iwalkalone.co.uk if you fancy catching up. Either way backup NOW!

    • Hi Marie! Oh that os so rubbish! Why do people do stuff like that?! So pointless. Were you always self hosted? I think WordPress do my back ups and stuff, but I will look into it – thank you for the heads up!

      • I was always self hosted. LCN, my domain hosts have done their best and some is salvageable but I thinks I’d rather start over. Of course I will add some of the best of my old blog posts at some point. A cautionary tale indeed.

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