There are a lot of hard truths about getting in shape. The biggest is that you just need to put in the work. It can become addictive, and there are those always looking for the next great physical challenge.
If you're serious about finding a challenge (and I seriously mean serious) then the UK's Tough Guy is the competition for you. It's not for the faint of heart. It rightfully bills itself as the toughest obstacle course on Earth.
As if getting past that many challenges wasn't enough, you also have to complete it in a set amount of time. So exactly how difficult is it? No one's been able to successfully complete the course in the allotted amount of time since 1987.
It's been 30 years since anyone can say they successfully won the Tough Guy. Luckily, this year they decided to retire the original Tough Guy and ease back a bit, introducing a new event called "Mr. Mouse," cutting down on the cross country run and expanding the time limit. But don't think that makes this course easy.
That's not to say they don't leave with a few new scars. Runners are allowed to dress up and have fun. However, this often leads to unique sights, such as a grown man in a Roman gladiator costume bleeding and weeping openly. This course is not for everyone.
This whole course seems like it was designed by an artist on LSD. You'd think the creators of this are pure sadists, but that's not the case. These events act as fundraisers for multiple causes, which – according to the site – include helping "get kids safely off streets and offer employment..., [the] disabled, [those with] PTSD, [the] limbless... and ex-military personnel."
I'd say they have hearts of gold. You know, if there weren't so many images of human beings being subjected to all this madness. Ever see a man punch through a wall of ice in order to cross a freezing river? That's a thing, apparently.
They say misery loves company, so guess what? You can bring the whole family along. That's right (somehow). They actually offer "Tough Mouse Kids" for ages seven and up. This is a much easier course, but still runs five to seven kilometers. Don't worry. There's no shame in adults preferring this track.
The original Tough Guy – unbeaten in 30 years – meant to fuel "the addictive-ness of Fear. Fear joins up the Family of Man." So if you think you have it in you, this is the place to be to find your true self and your connection to the most primal instincts of your species.