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The Mud Run Workout

By Mud Runs (504 words)
Posted in Mud Run Tips on March 6, 2013

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In the last decade, countless locations around the world developed events known as mud runs. The first race occurred in Joliet, Illinois in 2009 and boasted 2,000 participants. Today, millions of runners compete in dozens of events annually which take place all year long anywhere from Arizona to Australia. Originally designed as military training courses, mud run events now attract the attention of everyone from resigned couch potatoes to seasoned triathlon competitors. Regardless of physical capability, all participants share a common bond. Runners love the challenge of testing their limits with: climbing, crawling, jumping and running through an off road destination that almost assuredly includes plenty of mud.

Prepare yourself for a Mud Run!

The races span anywhere from a mere 3.1 miles (5 kilometers) to 12 miles (19 kilometers) in length. From the start to the finish line, runners face numerous obstacles that may entail climbing rope ladders, scrambling over manmade hills and diving into mud pits. Participants have the opportunity of walking the course in advance of the event for a glimpse of what the run entails. Each site generally offers tips on the physical requirements of the many challenges encountered. Void of restrictions, participants may avoid particular obstacles during the race without fear of repercussion. Many more spend hours in conditioning and training in lieu of the race in hopes of achieving the best time.

Perform simple at-home exercises
Nathan Trenteseaux, from Alachua, Florida, became obsessed with mud runs. Owner of the Underground Fitness Revolution, Trenteseaux comprehends the physical demands of the events and offers training tips. While not designed for the experienced athlete, the workout program prevents total exhaustion when combining running with navigating obstacles. One problem he sees with novice competitors remains an inordinate amount of time conditioning for the running portion of the race. Trenteseaux believes that strength and stamina training are required for conquering the many other physical challenges.

The workout plan ensures that runners gain upper body strength by performing a number of simple exercises in circuits, or alternating repetitions. Trenteseaux recommends going through this basic circuit training routine at least three times a week in addition to normal running regimens. Common burpees, pull-ups, push-ups and spider lunges can build stamina. These training methods will enable runners to tackle climbing a cargo net, scaling a wall or swinging across monkey bar type challenges. In order to avoid possible injury, training must always include a warm-up period that might involve a five minute jog. Budding athletes must also remember to take at least one day off from conditioning, which provides body with sufficient time for recovery and tissue repair.

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Mark posted on: May 8, 2015


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