Well, I ticked the Tough Mudder off my bucket list…

I’ll be honest, although I make time to workout and train almost everyday, I am not one to pack the car at 7AM on a Saturday morning and drive 2 hours north to trek through 10km of dirt, mud, barbed wire, and 20 foot walls. I generally like to sip cappuccinos with my dog on a little patio with my sparkling clean car parked across the street and my fresh new Nikes glistening in the morning sun. BUT, I am so thrilled that I did something a little different and challenged myself.

I teamed up with Old Spice to not only put their brand new collection of anti-perspirants to the test, but to put my own body to the test. This was no outdoor cross-fit class or a cute little indoor obstacle course, this was a 5 mile run up and down Mt. St. Louis and filled with 13 killer obstacles throughout. Old Spice didn’t approach me and say ‘Hey Daniel, wanna take some clean shots of you using our products in a fancy bathroom?”, they challenged me to tackle a gruelling mountain and for that, I respect them infinitely. Old Spice wasn’t just a company with extra wristbands to give away either, they were a staple on the course with team members and several bad-ass installations like the Pop & Lock and the Mud Mile 2.0 which was the obstacle you’ll see photographed below with me in waist height of muddy water.

So Old Spice brought their hardest working collection of men’s products and put me hard to work! Seems pretty fitting huh? The collection includes a lineup of Old Spice’s most powerful anti-perspirants to ensure maximum protection for all types of men on the go. (Collection available at @Walmart) Now some of you may think, ‘hey, anti-perspirant is anti-perspirant…’ Well a car is just a car right? And sneakers are just sneakers right? Or a phone is just a phone.’ But there are reasons why we graduate from a beater to a Benz, or pick up those fresh new Nike Prestos or why we all load our pockets with the newest iPhone. We crave ultimate functionality and performance and choosing your daily grooming essentials should be no different. When you’re a busy man doing important things to make everyday a better one than the previous, you need things to work and let you focus on the bigger picture. I pay attention to some of the little things to keep me in a strong mode to accomplish the big ones. I rely on Old Spice to keep me fresh and sweat-free throughout the day and they keep up effortlessly. Plus it’s important to always #SmelLegendary

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So yeah, I got muddy yesterday. I trained my butt off the weeks leading up to the event and I am glad I did because this course was no joke, bro. For those of you thinking about undertaking the challenge and could use a little insight on the training regiment, HERE is an article on Yahoo I contributed to. This is basically how the day went down…I packed up the car with a bag of Nike spandex, Sara and Joey in the front seat and the biggest cup of black coffee I could get my hands on in the cupholder beside me. We made the drive up to Clearweater, ON just a little beyond Barrie and settled in on the event grounds at Mt. St. Louis. The day was rainy and dark and actually made the vibe even better. I took in a few of the warm-up challenges like the Old Spice’s Pop & Lock which is an event I’ve seen on that Ninja Warrior show. I think I subconsciously ingested the proper technique at some point because I smashed the challenge pretty quickly. (Insert sunglasses face emoji). Next I got my stretches in and prepped for my start. The vibe was truly amazing. The MC at the start line did a wicked job of pumping everybody up and they really highlighted what this event is all about, charity and teamwork. You’ll see from the photos below how much of that teamwork I experienced throughout the race. A lending hand was always extended and it was a cool feeling to extend my own to others who needed it in the moment. Physical challenges are not new to me but there were plenty of people there using the event as a stepping stone to achieving their best personal fitness and I commend all of those who took part.

So I ran through muddy trails, crawled through pipes, under barbed wire, over 20 foot walls, up half-pipes and through waist deep water to cross the finish line. A special thank you to the Tough Mudder organizers and volunteers, the helping hands along the way and to Old Spice for bringing the Legend out of me for a few hours on a dark and rainy mountain.

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