So, you have got your passes and are ready for The Mud Rush! Well although we do take utmost precautions and have an expert team of adventure cadets enroute to assist you at every obstacle, here are a few expert tips that will help you with your run:
1. You’re going to get very dirty!
Imagine sweating profusely and then having mud all over you. Chances are you’ll crawl through mud pits, stumble into ponds, and jump in and through streams. Bonus: You’ll accomplish this with hundreds of other sweaty people. If you’re a clean freak, bring some toiletries for easier post-race cleanup. Plan to take a nice long shower once you finally get home!
2. It’s OK to walk
For many, completing the actual obstacles is the goal in these runs. So, don’t stress if walking in between obstacles is what gives you the energy to conquer them. Feeling like you need to rest your legs? Walk it out!
3. Dress the part
Leave the cotton T-shirts and baggy sweats at home. Chafing, water-logged shoes and the threat of scrapes and bruises are just par for the course. But you can minimize the not-so-fun stuff by wearing the right gear. For shoes, choose a pair you’re willing to part with (brand new running sneaks don’t belong here). Ones that have good grip, are lightweight and don’t retain water are your best bet. Ensure you wear fitting Lycra or Nylon shorts & t-shirts as this will help you slide easily wherever required.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
While the run has numerous water stations, so toeing the start line hydrated is key. Two days before, start drinking a lot of water and focus on increasing your electrolytes intake. You don’t realize quite how much you lose when you sweat, and too many athletes cramp up. As a preventative measure, make sure that you’re hydrating really well.
Feel free to substitute other exercises into the strength-training portion. Some great exercises are walking lunges, front and/or side planks, squat jumps, mountain climbers, push presses, bodyweight rows, farmer walks or other weighted carries.
6. Build your total body strength
You’ll be able to navigate the obstacles much more easily if you’ve got a decent foundation of strength. You don’t need to be a strongman but being able to complete some bodyweight exercises with relative ease will help you immensely.
7. You will be tested physically and mentally
All runs are hard, but an obstacle run will present some unique challenges. Contestants are pushed to the edge with new kinds of discomfort that aren’t typical in road runs.
8. Be sure to balance
Cardio and stength training are both called upon during an obstacle run, so each should be a focus in your run prep. If you’re a fitness rookie, you should get equal amounts, and pay extra attention to any deficiencies you might have.