As 2013 steadily approaches, you’ve probably started to think about New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’d like to get healthy or fancy finding a new hobby. However, what we’re interested in are those goals that are a little more demanding for the upcoming year; those which require extreme determination as well as physical strength in order to accomplish them. Considered running a half marathon or looking into personal trainer jobs? Well how about taking it to the next level? We’re going to check out the world’s toughest challenges and see what it is that really tests people to their limits. Think you could hack it? Then read on…
To succeed at Tough Mudder, there are no two ways about it, you NEED to be hardcore. Designed by the Special Forces, this 12 mile obstacle course tests every aspect of your being, from your stamina and endurance, to your strength and determination. In other words, it isn’t easy. The aim of the game is to ‘overcome all fears’ and if you ‘whine like a kid’ then you aren’t a true tough mudder! But don’t worry, that’s not to say that you won’t enjoy completing the course; far from it! Tough Mudder is the perfect opportunity, to not only challenge yourself, but to also meet lots of lovely people. Interested? Then give it a go!
Similar to Tough Mudder, the Ironman Triathlon also needs you to be extremely resilient and strong minded. Consisting of a series of long distance races, this activity sees competitors swimming 3.8 kilometres, cycling 180 kilometres and running 42 kilometres, all without a break; I’m sure you’ll agree this is no walk in the park! Held in Hawaii, the triathlon has continued to follow the same format since its creation in 1978, and is renowned for its difficult race conditions and exhausting length. However, if you’re keen to see how far you can push yourself, or an eager triathlete already, then this may be something worth looking into.
Great Tibetan Marathon
This Marathon is very demanding; however the scenic elements to it do tend to compensate for this. Based in Northern India, the Great Tibetan Marathon is often viewed as a spiritual venture as opposed to a purely physical one, taking you to an altitude of 3,500 metres high, with the Himalayan Mountains as a stunning backdrop. Participants tend to come from of a variety of different backgrounds, all embracing the Buddhist traditions that come with this unique challenge. So if you’d fancy running 26 miles but not in your usual settings, then definitely consider the Great Tibetan Marathon.