So, you’re thinking about participating in a Tough Mudder? Most people go into this completely blind, not knowing what to expect or what to do to prepare. If you’re one of those people, then you’ve come to the right place. Here’s everything that you need to know:
What Is A Tough Mudder Event?
Tough Mudder events are usually 5k races on steroids. Instead of a straight run there are 20-30 obstacles set up along the course. This could be anything from running through a pool of ice water to army climbing under a field of electric wire. It is intense, and a ton of fun.
What Do You Need To Do To Prepare?
Tough Mudder isn’t just a race, it is a test of every muscle in your entire body. It is recommended that you start training at least 8 weeks before race day. What can you do to prepare? The obstacles themselves cannot be easily recreated; but you can train your body to handle them. Find an intensive 5k training program to handle the cardio side of things. Beyond that, hit the gym, and find a workout program online or hire a personal trainer (recommended if you can afford it) to work on a total body routine. If you are pressed for time, try to put a little bit more of a focus on your upper body endurance, since it is often where most people fall short in these events.
What Is The Best Way To See Success On Race Day?
Your best chance at finishing a race like this, unless you have an iron will, is to run with a team. The obstacles and running distances are designed to push you to your absolute limit. If you have a few friends doing the Tough Mudder challenge with you, things become exponentially easier. Instead of forcing yourself through an obstacle course, you’re suddenly undertaking a fun challenge with your friends. If you can’t find anyone to group up with you, check online. There are plenty of open groups that train and run together for different events.
Are you excited yet? You should be! Participating in a Tough Mudder is one of those experiences that you’ll never forget. You’d be amazed at the friendships that you’ll form and the challenges that your body can overcome. Do some more research into events in your area, there is bound to be a race coming soon!