Ok so I’m being a little dramatic when I say Tough Mudder tried to kill me….but I’m sure I saw my life flash before my eyes at least twice.
Back in July I shared a post full of Tough Mudder Training Tips. Guess who didn’t take their own advice and was so out of shape it wasn’t even funny! I seriously thought I was gonna throw up a few times but in the end I survived and now I want to share my experience as a 40+ out of shape REAL mom! I mean heck I always keep it real around these parts but I’m gonna be extra real today! LOL
This year’s Tough Mudder in Nashville was held on the grounds of the Nissan Stadium. When I arrived I was surrounded by so many amazing people ready to take on the obstacles. But as I walked around I kept thinking…where the heck is the mud??? Well the owners of the stadium were like “Ain’t no way in **** y’all are gonna tear up our grounds with mud and all kinds of foolishness.” So it was more of an asphalt/dirt/grass Tough Mudder. But in the end if worked out and I didn’t have to worry about where I was gonna rinse off so I didn’t leave my car looking like I’d been playing in a swamp all day.
Mid August in Nashville can feel like a moist sauna on a good day so I was happy that the weather had decided to cooperate and wasn’t quite as humid. There were a ton people in attendance and the races were done in waves. We started around 10am and we finish around 11:30am. Now had I done EVERY obstacle my arse would have easily been there until 3pm…no lie! One of the obstacles was like the monkey bars where you basically go hand over hand. I looked at it and was thought I might give it a try but knew in the end I’d basically look like this.
A few days ago I shared that I’ll be doing my first Tough Mudder…lawd help me! Luckily Eric “ERock” Botsford, Tough Mudder‘s Trainer and Warmup Emcee has provided me with some excellent tips on getting prepared. The Nashville event will be a 5K but I think these tips will work great for anyone training for any type of sport competition.
What’s the number one piece of training advice you’d give a newbie that’s training for Tough Mudder virgins?
When training for a Tough Mudder, people often forget that you are not only training to conquer the obstacles that are out there, but also the 10-12 mile run that goes along with it. A lot of people focus on the obstacles and forget that there is a fair amount of running as well, so it’s important to incorporate a healthy dose of both endurance and strength training into your regime. Whenever you can, get outside and train, whether it is in your local park or you head out on the trails, it is beneficial to run on the terrain that you will be likely participating on. Tough Mudder events are about teamwork at the end of the day, so train with a friend or partner whenever you can to keep each other accountable and motivated. The motivation of having another person there will help guarantee you get to the gym or get outside to get the workout in.
Do you think beginner runners could run TM? How many months before the event should I start training?
Yes, beginner runners can absolutely run in a Tough Mudder – you should start training ASAP. With the right training, preparation and mental grit, we believe nearly anyone can do a Tough Mudder. If you’re on the fence about doing the 10-12 mile Tough Mudder Full, or if obstacles with ice cold water or electricity aren’t your thing – we get it. We’ve recently introduced the Tough Mudder Half, which is a 5-mile version, designed to provide a more accessible challenge, without some of the more daunting obstacles you may have heard of. This is a great opportunity for those new to endurance sports or on the fence about the Tough Mudder Full.
Trail running is a great way to prepare for Tough Mudder because the terrain at events is nothing like running on pavement or the treadmill. Keep in mind that you’re not training for a marathon, and it’s totally okay if you walk between obstacles; you’ll have plenty of time to rest between obstacles, so work on your sprints and interval running instead of focusing on grinding away on long distances. One of the great things about Tough Mudder is that it’s not a race, so take time in between obstacles to talk with your team, get to know and give a helping hand to fellow Mudders, and rest so you can conserve energy to enable you to finish the course and crush the obstacles.
Finally, don’t forget about that upper body strength as well. Not only will you need your legs to carry you, your grip strength is needed for many of our amazing obstacles. Find a pull up bar and get to work. [Read more…]
Tough Mudder is hosting it’s first ever 5K – in Nashville and I’m crazy enough and have decided to join in on the torture…I mean fun! Describing itself as “Ironman meets Burning Man,” Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces that tests participants’ “strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.” [Read more…]