Mudders know it best: once you finish your first course, you’re guaranteed to crave a second go-around. The endorphins, adrenaline, sweat, and mud blur together, forever remembering your first Tough Mudder as the best way to spend a day. The only thing better than braving Tough Mudder for a second time, would be earning your second Tough Mudder headband with a friend (or ten). Your friends, though, just aren’t as gung-ho about the whole mud-thing. But that’s where you and your excuse-busting, mud-loving, headband-collecting powers come into play.
That means that yes, if you’ve been trying to convince a friend to take on the course with you, you’ll need to come at their defenses with a strong ass offense. But truth be told, if you can conquer Everest, The Block Ness Monster, and Pyramid Scheme, you can take your friends yapping. Besides, you know that once they cross after finish line and are muddied up with beer in hand, they’ll be thanking you for that much-needed push.
Here are four ways to crush your friends’ excuses.
Excuse #1: “I haven’t run a race before…ever.”
Enough complaining, Mudder. It’s time to lace up your trainers, throw on your mud-worthy gear, and sign up for your first one, best one. Your first time definetly wasn’t boring (it was a little wet, a little sticky, and a lot dirty). So you can bet that their first time definitely won’t be boring, either.
Remind them: This isn’t your family’s Turkey Trot or a mind-numbing half marathon. This isn’t a boring dance class at your local community center or a game of bingo. This isn’t even a string of jungle-gym games.
Excuse #2: “I haven’t been training.”
It takes just 21 days to form a habit, so commit to training together for 3 weeks and the issue is solved. Whether you opt to go for runs together, lift at the gym, or buddy up for our training programs, there are plenty of ways to get ready for a race that don’t require fancy equipment and won’t break the bank.
Excuse #3: “I’m afraid of heights.”
Whether it’s Hero Walls or Mudderhorn Tough Mudder has some heights. But that’s where you come in. Now’s your chance to remind your friend that you and the rest of Mudder Nation will be ready and willing to help them up, cheer them on, and celebrate their victories. The Tough Mudder community is like no other, so prep your friend to meet tons of first-timers and Legionnaires who will become lifelong teammates.
And if you get them on course and they’re still quaking with nerves, just remind them that there’s no penalty for skipping an obstacle.
Excuse # 4: “I don’t like to get dirty. Or Muddy.”
If you hear this excuse, it’s time for some tough love. Bring out your Tough Mudder scrapbook, bring up the Tough Mudder Facebook or Instagram page, and show your friend just how fun the mud can be.
And if that doesn’t work, buy them some high quality laundry detergent.
Ready to sign your team up? Check out our 2021 event calendar now.