When you think of running a Tough Mudder, do the words “yeah, right” come to mind? If so, you’re far from alone. We were always shocked to discover just how many Tough Mudder finishers thought they wouldn’t be able to finish a Tough Mudder before signing up. The takeaway here? We’re all stronger and more capable of accomplishing lofty goals than we think. And to help prove that, we’ve gone ahead and crafted a list of the top three myths about completing a Tough Mudder.

1. You need to be able to run 16 km. A Tough Mudder course is interspersed with military-style obstacles. For the most part, you run a little and then face an obstacle–run a bit more and face another. If you’re not much of a runner, we’re not saying you should write off cardio and agility training, but establishing a beginner workout routine and building from there is a good start. Before the event, we recommend getting to a point where you can run 8 or 9 km at a time without having a meltdown. Another thing to keep in mind is that Tough Mudder events are not timed, so if you can’t go on and need to take a break, walk for a bit. We’re not going to judge you.

2. You have to complete all the obstacles. You can skip obstacles. Yeah, we said it. If you are severely claustrophobic and can’t swim, don’t be a hero and attempt a water obstacle where you’ll be confined to tight spaces. On the other hand, if you can’t physically complete an obstacle, you can always ask your teammates or other Mudders for some assistance. Whatever your fitness level, you should try to complete as many obstacles as you realistically can. Tough Mudder is about trying things that challenge and sometimes even scare you. Sure, you have the option to skip, but facing your fears is way more badass than standing on the sidelines. When it comes down to it, silently repeat your favorite motivational quote, throw caution into the wind and do it for the story.

3. You can’t run it alone. Don’t have any teammates? Fear not. While it’s true that you can’t complete certain obstacles on your own (we’re looking at you, Pyramid Scheme), you can absolutely sign up and run a Tough Mudder on your own. Other Mudders on the course will have your back – it’s what they do. Additionally, it’s not uncommon for people to find and join teams during the course. There’s something about struggling through the mud together for a common cause that makes people get real chummy.

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