June 10, 2014 Updated Jun 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM EDT

By WKBW News

June 10, 2014 Updated Jun 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM EDT

Less than 5 weeks and I’ll be taking part in my first Tough Mudder. For those of you who don’t know the Tough Mudder is “a 10-12 mile (18-20 km) obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit. Tough Mudder is Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet. Probably.”

I love a challenge and this seems like something that is perfect for me. I’ve always enjoyed being outdoors and getting muddy, and this way I can do it for a good cause. The Tough Mudder is a supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Right now my team has 4 guys who are getting ready for the big day. I started jogging about a month ago and my first jog was laughable. I barely made a mile, had to stop once because my knee hurt and I was breathing heavily. The mile took a little more than 10 minutes. I never liked running, but since this obstacle course is 10-12 miles I know I have to keep going. I started very poorly with my running but I’ve steadily improved in the last month. I got a running app and that has made a huge difference. It’s like having a coach running with you. I just ran 3.2 miles and did it in 30 minutes. Knee didn’t hurt and I felt great. Tomorrow I am going for 5 miles which a month ago seemed so out of reach. I’ll let you know if I make it!