The Only Livin’ is Good Livin’ – A GORUCK Challenge Review

I’m jogging outside a restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue. “GO!” A strong glare reflects from the tinted windows that rest just above street level. “RUCK!” It is lunch time and the restaurant is crowded. “GO!” A small child points in my direction and yanks at his mother’s sleeve. “RUCK!” She ignores him and continues to make conversation with a woman sitting across the table. I squint to make eye contact with the boy and give a quick nod. “GO!” I have a GR1 strapped to my back, another strapped to my chest, and a third resting diagonally across my shoulders, each loaded with six bricks, a camelback, and other supplies. “RUCK!” A GRT who has lost the use of his right leg hangs on my right shoulder as I fight to work my fist beneath the strap from the third ruck, which has now jostled itself up my neck directly below my carotid artery. “GOOD!” I turn my head to see members of our squad in the rear of the line desperately struggling to carry those who are “dead” and “wounded.” We have come so far on this journey through the night, but we have little, if any, idea of how much further we must go. “LIVING!” We are cold, wet and covered in dirt. We are tired and hungry. “GO!” Our muscles and bones ache, but we remain focused on one thing…moving forward with the task at hand – to get to the White House…as a unit, by whatever means necessary. “RUCK!”

So this is Good Livin’…

Over-Gaming

I approached my first GORUCK Challenge like I would any endurance event. I prepared. I ran for miles with a weighted back pack. I practiced burpees, bear crawls and pull-ups. I spent hours on Facebook researching cold-weather gear, looking at pictures from previous GRC’s, and trying to figure out the best way to tape up my six-brick requirement. I’ve completed three Tough Mudders, but never ran through the night before for more than a few hours or a few miles. I can’t tell you how many hours of sleep I lost trying to figure out how I would survive this 8-10 hour journey while wearing a 30-pound backpack that covered 15-20 miles in the dead of winter.

…there’s no better feeling than looking around at your bad-ass teammates with the sense that you are all now a part of a distinct group who know what it’s like to go through hell and back.


Jason McCarthy, the founder of the GORUCK Challenge, would call this “over-gaming” it. So many of those who sign up for a GRC go through the same process that I did. They search for any and every element of the Challenge that they can potentially control and game the hell out of it, from taping and strapping bricks to determining the precise amount of gel packs one will need for energy. But after completing my first GRC last month, I’ve learned one very important lesson – you can never fully prepare for the Challenge–it is an experience like none other.

The Road to GORUCK Tough

My journey to GORUCK Challenge started late last year when the GRC still had a spot on the Tough Mudder webpage. I tried to get a few of my TriState friends to sign up, but they saw the Challenge as a field test for a backpack and the thought of running through the night with a bag of bricks while getting yelled at by a Green Beret was not their idea of fun. I did a little more research and knew that it the GRC was more than just a boot-camp for bag-testing. To me, the GRC looked like an incredible Challenge. In April 2011, during my second Tough Mudder at Bear Creek, PA, I struck-up conversation with a couple GRT’s on a mountain trail. The bag, the patch, the beer, the cool and composed attitudes…it was refreshing and intriguing. I wanted this, but still I hesitated to sign-up.

In August, I launched the Mud Run Maniac website as a resource for mud run training and tips. To provide some variety, I posted a few GORUCK Challenge-inspired workouts and interviewed a friend and fellow-GRT Ryan Erdei. The response to the GRC stuff was great and enabled me to work with the GORUCK Challenge team to introduce original Workouts of the Week provided by GRC Cadre. Missing from the equation, I had yet to complete a GRC and decided that now was the time. I signed-up for Washington, D.C. as a way to complete a Challenge and tell my readers about it, and soon enough, on a cold December night, my journalistic aspirations brought me to the front door of GRC-HQ.

The build-up to the Challenge was interesting in its own right. I joined the GRC event page and started to get to know some of my teammates. In previous Challenges, the GRC would provide a loaner ruck if you didn’t have your own. But a last-minute protocol change meant that I would need to purchase one or borrow one from another GRT. The change came as a bit of a surprise, but the reaction by the GRT was largely supportive I had little trouble securing a GR1 from a fellow GRT who lived in the D.C. area.

I had planned to stop at GRC-HQ to chat with Jason and Cadre Brian before the Challenge and arranged with the always-helpful GORUCK Challenge Director Sophie to have the ruck waiting for me when I got there. The conversations on the D.C. GRC Facebook picked-up steam as we got closer to the event. The group was incredibly helpful with one another from securing rucks to finding parking to arranging travel plans and sleeping accommodations…Really, it was like a family was taking shape before my very eyes. The anticipation was peaking and a ruck-off was set for the Thursday night before our event. And then, it arrived:

DC Team –

You will meet your team and Cadre at Rose Park on the corner of 26th and P Street NW. If you’re taking the metro, take the red line to Dupont Circle. Good livin’ starts now.

And so it begins.

Since I was driving down from NJ, I had agreed to bring a set of bricks for a Class 094 GRT who was flying in to D.C. The plan was to meet at a gym that was a short walk from Rose Park at around midnight. As luck would have it, I was running late and got a bit lost while I scoured the one-way streets for parking. With about a half-an-hour until the start time, I found a parking spot and scurried to change in the car and get my gear set. I pulled up my board shorts, threw on two layers of compression shirts, zipped up my windbreaker and shoved my headlamp, M&M’s, a pair of running tights and an extra compression shirt into my ruck. A few minutes later, I was running uphill toward the gym carrying six bricks that I had taped together and a ruck full of six bricks on my back. I made a turn and saw a large group heading down the hill wearing headlamps and hauling backpacks and 12-packs of Bud Lite…”Yep! These were my new friends!”

Class 094 had already grouped at Rose Park by the time we arrived there. I found Tom and handed over his bricks before spending a nervous few minutes while we waited for the Cadre to arrive. As I looked around, most of the group was wearing full-length running tights. Mine were still in my bag and I started to contemplate whether or not I was underestimating this thing by thinking I could tough it out with board shorts. I had always wore shorts in my mud runs, and didn’t see the advantage of sporting wet compression wear. I figured I would warm up quicker with less clothes. As we anxiously waited, I probably changed my compression shirt about three or four times before settling on the mock turtleneck version. A few police cars approached, and I can only imagine how this quiet riot, dressed head-to-toe in cold gear, sporting headlamps and rucks must have looked. Each time they would approach, they would slow-up to give us a good look, then pass on by. Apparently, D.C. police have grown accustomed to this sort of thing. Finally, the Cadre arrived. They broke the ice with a few one-liners, then went on to distribute rucks to those who had pre-ordered for the Challenge. This lasted about a half an hour, and was probably the only letdown of the entire experience. It was a little chaotic getting everyone their bags, and it seemed to piss-off the Cadre somewhat. After about a half an hour of distributing new rucks to the class, order was called.

We were told to assemble in two lines per class. Since our class had a few less people, the Cadre had made it clear that both classes must be even in size. A few volunteers joined our team and soon thereafter we were passing around our death waivers and signing on the dotted line. Each GRC class must choose a 25-pound group weight that is carried throughout the Challenge. Staying classy, our group chose an Army ruck full of Bud Light. After hearing the news that we were the “beer” group, Cadre Brian chose to lead our group for the Challenge.

Before setting off, Jason stood, leash in hand with Java at his waist and asked, “Who here can do 100 push-ups?” No one responded. This was a quiet group and comprised mostly first-timers…the silence was a killer…it was clear we were all a bit nervous and even clearer we were about to face our fears head-on.

On the Move…Indian Runs

A few rules were established early on:

  • No bag may ever touch the ground until the Challenge was complete.
  • No coupon may touch the ground unless otherwise specified by Cadre.
  • Remaining in formation with your team is required throughout the Challenge.
  • Running is required throughout the Challenge.
  • Penalties would be distributed each time a rule was broken or a mission was failed.

Cadre Brian, a native of Colorado who is known for running GRC’s extra miles, lead our group through the streets of D.C. Before departing we were given a cinder block, then headed to a park surrounded by woods. Along the way we were to perform Indian Runs on command. If you’ve never done an Indian Run, the idea is that the person at the end of the line will sprint alongside the unit until he/she reaches the head of the line. This procedure is repeated until the destination or goal is reached. Leading up to the Challenge I had imagined how difficult it might be for 20-30 strangers to collaborate in different situations, but I didn’t think of how tedious simply running in line would be. Our team definitely struggled at agreeing on a pace in the early stages, as I’m sure most beginner groups do. Ultimately, the pace is decided for you, as you can only move as fast as your slowest component. As we headed up our first incline and the pace started to settle, I remember feeling pretty good and thinking that my practice runs were already paying off and that I might just make it through this thing. Then we arrived at the park.

Basic Training

I soon realized that the run to the park was hardly even a warm-up. At the park, Brian introduced us to some basic training drills and explained the GORUCK Challenge’s new format, which is now mission-based. With each mission the challenges would grow more intense and the stakes would get higher, meaning penalties would be more severe, especially if we experienced failures. Our goal was to mesh as a team to successfully complete each mission as a unit.

The Warm-Up: During our first drills with Brian we learned the Australian Peel. A little nervous and lagging from the long-drive, I lost focused here and committed my first gaffe by dropping the group weight. As a result, we had casualties and buddy-carry penalties were enforced. Suck!

At the park we were introduced to inchworms and practiced variations of the Australian Peel across an open field. By this time, my adrenaline was already kicking in pretty hard, as I didn’t even feel the chilly winter air anymore. The dark made it difficult to see well and I soon experienced my first blunder of the night during our Australian Peel drill. To start, we formed two horizontal lines. The back group held themselves up in a push-up position until the front group got up, peeled behind, and dropped into a push-up position. The only way to keep our bag full of beer cans off the ground was to place it on the back of someone’s legs while he was in the push-up position. When it was our group’s turn to get up and go we quickly picked the bag up, handed it off, ran to position and rested it on another guy’s legs before dropping to push-up position. When it was my turn to pick up the bag, I missed the handle and it fell to the ground. Ugh! Brian handed out a few buddy carry penalties for my gaffe. I felt awful. We ran these drills up and down the field until we finally got it right and Brian felt that we were starting to work as a team. Then it was over and for a few moments things were calm while Brian explained our first mission.

The Missions

Each GRC has a unique set of challenges. One of the worst things you can do is worry about the big picture. The GORUCK Challenge is designed to test your physical, mental and emotional capacity over the course of 8-10 hours (or more) and 15-20 miles (or more), but concerning yourself with the total time and distance will only make you feel sorry yourself. The updated mission-style format grows more difficult as the journey presses forward and requires a greater investment of cooperation to accomplish. Working together is tantamount toward successfully completing challenges along the way… simple tasks such as remaining in formation, sharing the load of a coupon, or buddy-carrying a teammate are near impossible if you’re used-to operating in a silo. To get through a GORUCK Challenge, you need to be honest with yourself and your team about your strengths and your weaknesses. It’s about finding a balance, encouraging one another and collectively pushing through when times get tough. Yes, it is that simple. It is that basic. If you are not a team player when you first sign up, you will be by the time it is all over. It’s really the only way to survive.

I didn’t learn this right away. It took over 16 miles and 11 hours of awesome, terrible, incredible and some nearly impossible missions and surprises to get it. When things really sucked hard…and trust me there were times that they did…what gets you through is knowing that your team is there to embrace the suck with you. And when good livin’ reaches its high points, there’s no better feeling than looking around at your bad-ass teammates with the sense that you are all now a part of a distinct group who know what it’s like to go through hell and back.

Highlights

I could sit here all day and tell you about each one of the adventures I went through during Class 093, with the exception of a few that I’ll reserve for reunions with my team. But the only way to truly know what the Challenge is like is to sign-up for one yourself. Making that commitment is the first task and sometimes the most difficult. But don’t over think it…just sign-up. You’ll thank me later.

Here’s some of the highlights from Class 093:

Impossible Log: It took 22 of us about 45 minutes to move this giant tree trunk about 20 yards. This was a huge disappointment since our mission was to bring it to a point on top of a hill that was at least another 100-yards away. Still, the mission was a success by some standards as we found ways to divide the work and never quit, despite knowing full-well that we had no chance of reaching our goal.

Inchworms: From what I hear, no GRC is complete without a decent amount of inchworms. Major suckage. It was around this point that Jason enforced “silence” as a penalty for our lack of cooperation. It’s not that we weren’t trying, we just had yet to really gel and figure how to operate as a unified team instead of a bunch of individuals. As crazy as it sounds, inchworms and other penalties really helped us get to where we needed to be.

 

Stopping by Abe’s House: It’s hard to explain how I felt while resting for a moment on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at dawn. Invigorating, historic, intimate…and part of what makes the GRC unique.

Learning from the Best: If you think a GRC is like boot camp, you’re wrong. It’s hard as hell, but there’s no yelling and no put downs. Just honesty and education. You get out of it what you put into it. Here, Jason explains what went wrong in our last mission and what we needed to improve upon to make it through the rest of the GRC.

Entering Enemy Territory: As the night turns to day the stakes escalate. During this simulation, we entered “enemy territory” and ran on high-alert. Calls of “Go-Ruck” or “Good-Livin” alerted the rest of the squad that an enemy was in striking distance.

Learning to Embrace the Suck: Penalties will happen. Here, bags were carried without the use of straps. Simple for a block or two…nasty for a mile or two.

It’s All Mental: As the GRC wears on, you will get tired and start to lose focus and simple things like staying in formation can become very difficult. You’ll need to dig down and break through these walls.

Finding Your Strengths: Throughout the GRC, I found that jamming my shoulder under a log was my strong suit, especially once I learned to switch from right to left whenever I’d get tired. Find what works and helps your team the most and stick with it.

You Will Get Wet: It’s part of the game. Expect the worst and learn to love it. We did.

Giving All You’ve Got: You know when you’ve had enough…and that’s when you’ll need to give more. The GRC is not about hitting your wall, it’s about breaking through it for the good of your teammates. It’s about giving your all down to the very last drop of sweat.

Whatever it Takes: During our last mission, a final push to the White House, we suffered 50% “casualties.” A ruck on your front, a GRT with a ruck on your back…maybe a coupon. Your goal–get to the finish–as a team…whatever it takes.

Finishing Strong: We learned so much touring through Washington, D.C. GORUCK-style. I love this shot because it shows how we finally came together as a team. Teamwork is the one absolute that can get you through an event like this. You can workout, lift weights, and run miles in preparation…but if you’re not a team player, you won’t last. Accept your squad for who they are, adapt to their strengths and weaknesses, and motivate them when times are tough.

Euphoria at the White House: After completing our final mission over 11 hours and 16.5 miles, we huddled with Jason to celebrate our amazing journey. Thank you GRC for the opportunity to experience this visceral sense of accomplishment. I’m so proud I am now a part of the GRT family.

It’s Your Turn

There’s not much more I can say. The GORUCK Challenge is unlike anything you will ever do in your life. It’s not a race, it’s a life-changing experience. It’s an education in camaraderie and test of true grit and will. It’s about survival. It’s about joining a family. It’s about good livin’.  Experience a GRC for yourself.

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25 comments… add one
  • Jim

    Great write up. Congratulations on the accomplishment.

    “but if you’re not a team player, you won’t last. Accept your squad for who they are, adapt to their strengths and weaknesses, and motivate them when times are tough.”

    what a true statement i need to adapt that more into my everyday thinking!

    • Thanks Jim…I really did get an incredible feeling of accomplishment once we reached the White House. Nothing quite like it. Highly recommend if you’re thinking about signing up.
      Cheers!
      -Paul

  • shane wigley

    i sign up for the go ruck dallas on oct 13th. my question is: how long did it take you to recover from this mission and get back to everyday life. i know your had to have some injuries and be sore.
    thank you for all of the information. you are a great help to newbies like me.

    • Great to hear Shane…Dallas should make for some good livin’! Regarding recovery…I felt similar to the way I feel after a Tough Mudder in terms of soreness and pain…knees definitely hurt a bit and shoulders were ripped raw from carrying coupons. My feet felt okay and my hands were good from wearing gloves. Unlike Tough Mudder though, the rest your body won’t feel like a layer of skin was ripped off. I think I was back running in a couple days. I drove down to DC from NYC right after work, so I didn’t get a chance to sleep before the GRC. I ended up stopping at a rest-stop to nap for an hour on the way home. Other than that, it’s really the emotional high that’s hardest to “recover” from…which is likely the reason why I’ll be doing more GRC’s in the future. One last thought, remember that there’s quite a few GRT (men and women) who complete back-to-back GRC’s. I’m not quite there yet, but if anything, it should give you confidence that you can get through a GRC. The pains and minor injuries you may have at the end of the Challenge will only remind you of the incredible journey you just completed. That’s the type of recovery we live for.
      Enjoy Shane!
      -Paul

  • Jon

    What an awesome write-up. Brings back all the memories of the suck and the good livin’ we got to experience that night. Definitely an experience like no other.

    I can’t wait for the next one.

    I know I’ll be seeing you at another GRC before too long. After 1, it’s impossible to stay away…

    – Jon Reese, 093

    • Thanks for reading Jon! “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” and I wouldn’t change any of it. Have you taken a look at any of the upcoming Scavengers? Let me know what you’re thinking for another GRC.
      See you soon!
      -Paul

  • Annie

    Yeah Paul this really was a great write up! Sounds like an incredible time. Do a lot of women participate in the GORUCK Challenges?

    • Hey Annie…thanks for reading! The GORUCK Challenge was awesome and I can’t wait to do more. One of the best parts about completing a GRC is that GRC alumni are eligible to participate in all the other cool GORUCK events that they have like Ascent, Beached, Scavenger, and Trek. Check ’em out on the site – http://www.goruckchallenge.com

      Regarding your question, yes there are quite a few female GRT’s. And here’s a quote directly from the GORUCK Challenge FAQ page:

      Can girls do it?
      Girls are the strong links, and seem to have the biggest smiles. Like we said, it’s all mental.

      Sign up!
      Cheers,
      Paul

  • Great write up. Loved your perspective. I am doing the Tulsa event in March. Can’t wait!

    • Thanks Loren. It was truly a great experience. Can’t wait to do more…I plan to GORUCK in Atlantic City in August and NYC in September…and possibly a mini-GRC in Philly in a few weeks. Enjoy your Good Livin’ in Tulsa! Happy to share your thoughts here if you want to do a write-up afterwards.
      All the best,
      Paul

  • Sean

    I don’t understand the fascination with this pseudo-military endurance crap. I ran races for years, but why make it some corporal, Spartan-like activity? Join the military if you want to go through this crap, or if you are in the military, get another hobby, degree or read some books. Man’s quest for identity and self-worth in the age of displaced surplus knows no bounds.

    • Hi Sean,

      First, thanks for taking the time to read the article and comment on it. The GORUCK Challenge is not a race. I’ve run multiple “races” in the past ten years or so and it is nothing like them. The GRC is in fact, a challenge. It is a lot less about a search for identity or self-worth than it is an experience in which a small group accomplishes a goal through teamwork and camaraderie. And even if folks are utilizing GORUCK to identify who they are or add value to their lives, I’m not sure I see the problem. One thing I’ve learned through the GRC is that we can accomplish some pretty amazing things when we all work together. It’s easy to feel sorry for ourselves and run solo, but it takes a lot more effort to commit yourself to a team, to be honest about your strengths and weaknesses and to expose your true character.

      My suggestion, don’t knock it till you rock it. Get some Good Livin’ and let us know what you think.

      All the best,
      Paul

      • William Phillips

        Nice

  • Eric

    Couple questions….
    What does the “T” in GRT stand for? What is a “coupon?” And what about gear? Shoes, socks, hats, lights, jackets….dress heavier than expected, dress lighter than expected…is it a good idea to bring clothes in a waterproof bag to change into halfway through??? What worked for people, what didn’t? What fitness level should people be going in? I know it is mostly mental, but being on a team in which your body failing could really screw over a team of strangers makes me nervous! Were the team members really fit? I’d hate to be the weak link1 I definitely want to do one, but I want to make sure I’m fully prepared for what I’m getting in to.
    Great review, and Thanks!

    • Hey Eric, you have a lot of questions, which no doubt I did as well before my GRC. Let me see if I can shed some light for you…

      1. GRT: GRT stands for GORUCK Tough..that’s the group that you will become a part of after completing a GORUCK Challenge (GRC).
      2. Coupon: these are items selected by the GORUCK Cadre that your group or possibly a few individuals within the group will be challenged to carry from point A to point B. Coupons can range from logs, bricks, boulders, tires, furniture, street signs, containers full of stuff, etc. Many coupons require an incredible team effort to transport. Others may be smaller.
      3. Shoes: comfortable running shoes with adequate padding (non-minimalist)
      4. Socks: I used a pair of Injinji toe socks and covered them with another pair of regular merino wool socks. An extra pair in your bag isn’t a bad idea.
      5. Hat: preferably a GORUCK Tac Hat, but something warm and waterproof if cold and/or raining
      6. Lights: Any decent headlamp will do. I use a PTech Byte.
      7. Jackets: If cold, a decent windbreaker with a hood is a good way to go.
      8. Clothing: I dressed lighter than expected with a pair of board shorts, two compression tops and a windbreaker. I had a pair of compression tights in a waterproof bag if needed that I didn’t use. If you make it through the night in what you are wearing, it’s likely only going to warm up once the sun rises, so you shouldn’t need to add layers. I suppose the smarter thing to do is dress heavier so you can take things off as needed, which seems easier. You won’t get a lot of breaks and when you do, you’ll probably want to spend your time taking some water or eating a banana or cashews or M&Ms, rather than changing clothes.
      9. Waterproof Clothes: Like I said, I didn’t need them. We got wet from the very beginning and it sucks, but it’s part of it. It’s not about being comfortable. Besides, you’re head will probably be spinning in the beginning and the furthest thing from your mind will be changing clothes. But, if you think you’ll need them…sure, bring extra clothes in a waterproof bag. If anything, it will give your bricks a little extra padding.
      10. What worked/didn’t work?: I can’t speak for others in the group. But, I can say that things started clicking once I started embracing what was happening one-step at a time. If you focus on the Challenge as a whole, it seems impossible. If you focus on the individual challenges as they come, things become doable. The key for me was figuring out how to balance my strengths and weaknesses with others. I’m better at teamwork, once I understand my place on the team.
      11. Fitness: Be able to run a few miles, preferably with a full ruck.
      12. Teamwork: Sure, your failures could screw your teammates, and vice versa, but the first thing you need to remember is that you are a team and it’s not about you or someone else. It’s always about the team. You need to trust your abilities and be honest about your shortcomings. Remember, you’re strength is someone elses’ weakness and the reverse is true…so as a team, you are a balanced unit. I don’t believe that teams are “only as strong as their weakest link”…the “weakest link” is strong in other places. A team is only as strong as its effort of teamwork.
      13. On being fully prepared: I don’t think you can ever fully prepare for a GRC. That’s part of their beauty. They are all unique and they are all challenging.

      It sounds to me like you really want to be in control of your situation. Sure, who doesn’t. Everything is easier to accomplish with adequate control and preparation. But to be honest Eric, you shouldn’t worry so much. As much as the GRC is challenging, it is also an incredibly invigorating and fun experience and one you will feel better about yourself for trying and completing. Try not to worry about it so much…just sign-up and remember you are not alone. You have an entire team going through the same thoughts, worries, excitement as you. As a team, you’ll figure things out as they come.

      Best of luck to you! Enjoy the good livin’
      -Paul

  • Jason Brown

    Great write up my man! The pictures and description took me back down memory lane on this one. John, Fred, Eric and I signed up again for June 15th, 9PM. Wanna come play?

  • Paul,
    So here is my two-cents on the Goruck Challenge Tulsa. Just completed it on Saturday. Good times! http://www.martitimes.blogspot.com/2012/03/goruck-challenge-tulsa-class-121.html

  • Sean McAvinue

    Paul,

    I have read this post several times in consideration and you really are right that the hardest part is signing up. However I finally just said screw it and I am now signed up for GRC in Atlantic city on 7/27.

    Can’t wait for some good livin’!

    Sean

    • Hey Sean,
      Thanks for checking out the article. I hope to see you in A.C. Expect the Cadre to get pretty creative down there since the boardwalk stretch isn’t too long. We’ll probably be in line for a hike to the Borgata and a trek through the more “scenic” sections of the city. Fun!

      Until then, stay well, and keep checking in!
      Best,
      Paul

  • Great write-up. Been training for the past couple of months. I do ruck hikes up to 16 miles and focusing more now on strength training but not sure if its enough. I hear these horror stories about 2 mile lunge walks. ANy thoughts?

    • Hi Andrew,

      I can’t say whether or not you’ll do 2 miles of lunnges or not, but I’m pretty certain each Cadre will have his own way of pushing a class to its limits. For us, it was a giant log, penalties and carrying coupons through DC.

      My advice, don’t over think it too much. In your training, work to improve your weaknesses and identify your strengths. During your Challenge, be honest with your team on what you can and cannot do and you will collectively find a way to accomplish something truly epic.

      Also, on 10-1-12, I’ll be hosting another 100 Ruckin Mile Challenge. It’s an online challenge where the goal is to ruck 100 miles for the month. You can find a sign-up link on my Facebook page.

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts.
      Cheers!
      Paul

  • Lawrence Suazo

    I know the website says both sexes and any age. I am 51 and am in good shape. Any other “masters” of similar age that you have seen make it thru the Challenge without being a liability. I have done a Tough Mudder and it was no real big deal. I’m in CrossFit shape but i’m wondering about knee wear and tear as I’m no spring chicken. Thanks, Larry

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