Mud races are all about being physical and having fun. Running down a sidewalk on the side of a busy street is not much of a challenge, and in fact it is kind of boring. A mud race offers much more of a challenge, and you will get nice and dirty doing it.
You will face insane obstacles the entire length of the race. Push your body through holes, over walls, across swimming holes, under tree limbs, and through some mud. You will run, walk, climb, swim and crawl your way to victory. Don’t kid yourself, mud races may be a ton of fun, but they are very tough to complete. Your average couch potato will not stand a chance on a mud race. It requires a good amount of training, and a desire to push yourself beyond your normal capabilities. This is one event that will require some good old fashioned training.
Just like any other difficult test of physical endurance, your mud race training should begin in your mind. You have to be mentally tough because your body will take some physical abuse during the course of the race. You must be able to ignore what your body is telling you, and focus on the goal ahead, and that goal is the finish line.
Becoming mentally tough starts with believing in your self. The power of positive thinking is a valuable tool that can push your body beyond its physical limitations. You must believe in yourself.
You must also have the motivation and desire to not only attempt the race, but fully complete it. Focus on your goal, the finish line. Think success and become successful.
If your idea of serious physical training is slamming a few beers, while you watch the game on TV, then just stay home. You are not ready for the serious challenge of a mud race. Most mud races are long. You can expect to run around 10 or 12 miles. If you are not regularly running, then you are not physically prepared.
Your body needs preparation in order to survive the mud race. You should start by running three or four times a week. If you are not running regularly, you will need to work into this routine. Give yourself plenty of time in advance to begin this type of physically demanding training.
For the maximum training benefit, you should be running regularly five to seven miles each and every time you run. If you can, it would be an excellent idea to mix up your running. Don’t run in a straight line, find some hills, some stairs, anything to make the run more physically challenging. You are going to need it come mud race day.
As if the mental toughness and running exercises were not enough, you must build up your entire body. Remember, a mud race is no timid walk through the park. It is a race through a war zone, a temporary trip to a physical hell that is unlike anything you have ever encountered. You must train your entire body.
Start with your upper body. A great training exercise that can be done anywhere is good old fashioned push-ups. Athletes from just about every sport use push-ups as a regular part of their training routine, and there is a good reason for it. Push-ups practically work your entire upper body. At a minimum you should be able to do around 20 push-ups back to back. If you can do more, then you will be better off in the mud race. If you find it difficult to accomplish this task, then you may not be ready.
Another excellent upper body workout would be pull-ups. The bigger you are, the more difficult these will be. For a mud race, you should be able to do at least six pull-ups.
If you can get to a pool, ocean, or a lake, then take a swim. Swimming is another excellent way to prepare for a mud race, and swimming regularly will help increase your overall physical endurance.
Having a strong mind, and a strong body is a winning combination that will not only allow you to succeed in the mud race, but it will also give you the power that you need to succeed in life. Remember the wise words of a little green guy.