If anyone else is interested, Steph and I were planning on doing some pre-mudder training race(s) to help us get into shape for the race to end all races and to have concrete milestones that will help us focus our training. We've found two possible events that take place late spring/early summer that offer the perfect opportunity:
Sporting Life 10k marathon Sunday May 13th, 2012
This is a 10k run, takes place May 13th 2012. Registration is 40$ until Feb 28th and all the registration money goes to help send kids to camp. Also a perfect milestone to make sure you're ready for the running portion of the Tough Mudder.
Toronto Spartan 5K sprint Sunday June 24th, 2012
This is basically a mini Tough Mudder. Registration is 45 - 65$ depending on when and how many people register. 5km instead of 17km, but it would at least give us an idea of what to expect on the big day and help you evaluate where you may still need some extra focus in your training. Average race time is 30 min - 1 hour, if I remember correctly. You also get a medal at the end.
Steph and I are going to sign up for the Spartan Sprint early next week, since we want a little bit of a head's up on what we're getting into. Spread the word if you want to do this too, and we can make a Colbeck's Kids team there as well and then a bunch of us can do the race together.
We're also thinking about doing the 10k run, but that decision will be made in the next couple weeks as I start to get back into training (Steph is already training hard) and figure out if I'll be ready for a 10k in May or not. That`s all I got for now, but definitely let me know if you'd also want to do the Spartan Race.
Mud in your eye,