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Running Wild; Mud runs are the new 5K

Mud runs and obstacle races are creating a recreational revolution that is sweeping the nation.

Whether you realize it or not, there is a recreational revolution sweeping the nation.  If have not heard of, participated in or know someone who has competed in a mud run or obstacle course race, it’s only a matter of time before you receive a muddy initiation.

In the past road running or triathlons were once the measure of fitness among friends.  However, races like Tough Mudder have taken over by combining running and adventure racing into one package.  Instead of participating in a local 5k as a means of getting fit or socializing with friends, an increasing number of people are turning to obstacle racing for their fitness and amusement fix. 

Mud Run Training

To take on a mud run like Tough Mudder be prepared to run over rolling hills scattered with military style obstacles, climb up and over walls and run through mud, fire and water.

Create a Tough Mudder training program includes running, strength training and race skills to dominate every obstacle along the way. 

Run

Complete at least 2 run workouts per week.  Choose from run workouts that include a long run, hill sprints, intervals and tempo runs. 

Strength

Get ready to move your bodyweight over, under, around or through obstacles. Bodyweight exercise such as push-ups and pull-ups can be used to create a foundation of strength. Next, kettlebell swings and explosive movements like jump squats, burpees, and box jumps will help improve balance and leg strength.

Race Skills  

Combine strength and cardio training into one hybrid workout.  When possible, workout outdoors or run on trails in a similar setting as the race. To train the skills that will help during the race pair running intervals or sled pushes with bodyweight or kettlebell exercises.  If you are able to get your hands on oversized tires or weighted sandbags, this would be the time to flip, carry, or throw them around. 

Obstacle racing is a fun experience to that can serve as motivation to get in shape or satisfy those looking for a competitive outlet. Regardless of ability level or motive, everyone will benefit from the camaraderie, accountability and sense of accomplishment that comes with setting and achieving new and unique goal.  

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Maggi Normile July 18, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Just did my 3rd mud run this summer and have another one next month. My very first one ever was last summer and I had no idea it would inspire me to get in shape and give me a fun way to be active and make new friends. :)

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