Have you been dreaming of running through a finish line caked in mud from head to toe? Well, you’re not alone. Like, who wouldn’t want to post photos of themselves on Facebook or Instagram crawling through mud, climbing up cargo nets, dragging tyres around, or the look of sheer horror as you hurl your body into an ice bath? Like come on!
You’re probably conjuring up visions of sprinting at full speed over kilometres of mud pits and hills, and climbing over grand-canyon height walls, but the truth be told, many participants walk the majority of the course. And there’s no shame in that, or in going around the scary ones, but you’ll feel so much better if you’ve made some effort to prepare for the event, and had a really good go at it!
Now, we’re not saying you need to start triathlon-style training, or even knock yourself out with tough training regimes that leave you feeling defeated before you even begin… our race will suit the novice to the professional obstacle racer, and every fitness level in between, but here are a few tips that will help to ensure that your day is an enjoyable and rewarding one:
• If you’ve already tried an obstacle race and you’re in good shape, you need 4 solid weeks of training.
• If you’ve never run a race, we would recommend that you consider training for 90 days.
• A beginner should train 3 days a week.
• An elite athlete should complete five workouts a week.
• Train using a combination of endurance, strength, and cardio conditioning training.
• Train to your own abilities… whether a novice, in reasonable shape, or an elite athlete – train to your ability.
• Warm up before every workout.
• Run off-road if you get the chance – obstacle races are not run on the road… run through parks, on the grass next to the footpath… challenge yourself to stay off hard surfaces as much as you can.
An obstacle race is going to call on you to navigate monkey bars and scaffolding, balance on beams, climb walls and ropes, drag stuff around, crawl under things, and wade through water and mud. So if you are planning on having a good go at completing all or most of the obstacles, you’ll need to train to lift yourself up and over, be able to run a kilometre or so (the average distance between obstacles), climb under and through things, and have some kind of agility. Chances are the novice will be able to find all of the training equipment they need at their local playground or Council fitness circuit.
For answers to more frequently asked questions… see below.