So you want to do a mud run? Our Mud Run Training: 5k Beginner may be just what you need to get started. It’s true, mud runs are an exciting new fad in the fitness world and it’s easy to see why. They provide a new dynamic to the pastime of running while introducing elements of all the obstacle course games shows we loved watching as kids. They also present us with innovative challenges to conquer, allow our inner child the chance to play in the mud without reprimanding, and they are just plain out fun.
It goes without saying that mud runs are also very physically demanding and often require us to push ourselves to new levels both physically and mentally. While achieving new levels of fitness and smashing barriers can be empowering, the same elements of danger and difficulty that make mud runs so attractive are also ones that create an environment of potential injury.
Keeping this in mind it is important that if you decide to take the plunge and sign up for one of these Beastly events, than you should adequately prepare yourself. You will want to not only be able to complete the run of your choice, but to do so with as few casualties as possible. Our Mud Run Training: 5K Beginner program can help reduce your risk of injury by providing just the training you need. You want your experience to be one that leaves you with a feeling of accomplishment and fond memories; not permanent scarring or lifelong injuries.
So, how do you prepare yourself for the strenuous demands and often bizarre obstacles that you will likely be presented with in one of these runs? Here are a few tips that we have put together based on some of the most difficult mud runs in the world:
Mud Run Training Tips:
- Find a training plan that improves your running abilities. This is especially important if you are not already a runner. Most of these mud runs will be at least 5K (3.1 miles) in length or longer. If you cannot run, jog, or at the very least, walk that distance without getting completely exhausted than it is highly unlikely that you will be able to withstand the physical demands of a mud run. If you are trying your hand at a 5K mud run to start our Mud Run Training: 5K Beginner program is just what you need to prepare.
- Incorporate hiking, and/or hill training into your running schedule. Most mud runs will have you experiencing more ups and downs that you anticipate and we don’t mean just emotionally. One of the most trying obstacles experienced in these races is the relief of reaching the bottom of one grueling slope just to discover that you are now at the bottom of an even more arduous climb.
- Incorporate cross-training into your plan. You will be completing (or at least attempting) many obstacles that will require you to push, pull, lift, climb, and crawl with the full weight of your own body and then some. Building your overall strength and endurance by incorporating both heavy lifting and bodyweight circuits into your training will make the feat of finishing a mud run much more likely.
- Be flexible and able to easily adapt both mentally and physically. You will fare much better if you are able to bend, twist, and crouch through small and often oppressing circumstances. You will also do better if you can take surprises lightly and effectively tackle seemingly impossible barriers without getting discouraged.
Mud runs are a great way to get ourselves active and have a blast while doing so. There are mud runs for all levels and can be done as a team of friends or even in some cases as a family. But, as with any physically demanding activity it is important that you are adequately trained and prepared before the gun sounds on race day to maximize the fun of the challenge while also reducing the chances for injury or illness. So get out there, sign up, train hard, get dirty, and earn yourself a badge of pride and maybe a finisher medal or five along the way. While our Mud Run Training: 5K Beginner is a great plan to get you started, if you are looking to complete a longer distance mud run like the Tough Mudder or Super Spartan, you may want to consider pairing it with one of our longer distance run training programs.