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Mudrun Obstacle Course advice


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So next weekend I'm doing something called the 'Fugitive 3 Mile Escape Run' which a prison escape themed mudrun obstacle course.  It's my first time ever doing something like this...I've never even participated in a 5K type of event before.  My goal is really just to finish the course in its entirety, and not look like a complete weakling.  Should I modify my exercise or eating routine for this upcoming week at all to better prepare myself?  I'm currently doing month 2 of Insanity, and wondering if I should ease off for the week.  Food wise, I usually eat cereal and fruit for breakfast, yogurt and sandwich for lunch, and some kind of meat/pasta/veggie combo type of deal for dinner.  Any advice would be appreciated :-)

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Take the day before off and rest.

Don't hurt yourself between now and then.

If the obstacles are online, look at them and maybe think of a plan. If there is a wall you have to climb over and you don't do that often, go and practice. Wall/fence climbing is a skill requiring coordination and cannot be learned without doing. You don't want that wall to get you mad :)

 

Good luck and have fun.

Agreed with what wtfrail said--don't do anything to hurt yourself, and have a plan! 

Also, if it's in the mud, wear long pants then masking tape around your ankles so no mud gets into your shoes or up your pants.  Oh yeah, for shoes, I used to wear boots not running shoes.  I tried running shoes before, but the mud would get built up on the bottoms, and then, POP!, off flew the shoe then next time I tried to step out of all the mud.I also wore long sleeves and taped the laces of my boots so nothing would get caught on the obstacle course.

Original Post by mommyhawaii:

Agreed with what wtfrail said--don't do anything to hurt yourself, and have a plan! 

Also, if it's in the mud, wear long pants then masking tape around your ankles so no mud gets into your shoes or up your pants.  Oh yeah, for shoes, I used to wear boots not running shoes.  I tried running shoes before, but the mud would get built up on the bottoms, and then, POP!, off flew the shoe then next time I tried to step out of all the mud.I also wore long sleeves and taped the laces of my boots so nothing would get caught on the obstacle course.

Girl knows what she's talking about!!

I haven't done a mudder. I am just talking from a friend's experience with the police prep obstacle course

Thank you!  These were things I did not think of!  I wish I could have more of a plan, but they don't tell you ahead of time what the obstacles will be.  Every course is different.  I watched some footage of ones they did in Tampa and Hartford, but it won't be exactly the same.  I'm slightly nervous about the possibility water portions because it's so cold here in the mornings.  We've already had frost, but I am determined to do this and finish it!

How often do you actually run?  It might not hurt to do a 3-5 mile trail run this weekend on a gentle trail.  Getting some mad grip gloves and cutting off the ends so the mud doesn't pull them off may be a good idea so you don't cut up your hands.  IDK about boots and long pants that might be overkill, you might google how hikers lace boots on there are some tricks, have you ever wondered why there are always a few extra holes on the top of your sneakers?

I was running a good bit over the summer before I started the Insanity routine.  I ran 5 miles last weekend to see how I would do with it.  I averaged about a 10 minute mile, which is pretty good for me....but I run on a flat paved path around a lake, so it's not quite the same as a woodsy trail....maybe I'll try and find something like that this weekend.

I am a runner (or was more of a runner when doing mud runs), and running in mud is totally different than on a trail or on pavement.  Include obstacles (ones I did required you to climb over, under stuff, get in the ocean, etc) and it's pretty mentally and physically demanding.  I'd say just go to have fun, reminding yourself that it's only 3 miles!  Since the race is so soon, you can't really do anything more to "prepare" for the event (besides not get injured in preparation).  As for the sneakers, I laced mines all the way to the top (even those side holes), but they still slipped off.  You don't realize how much mud gets caked onto the bottoms of the shoes, then just builds and builds....then you try running on more slippery mud that grabs onto your footwear and it gets messy.  :) 

I had an absolute blast doing this on Saturday!  The obstacles were pretty challenging, but I completed all of them, and was able to run or jog for most of it.  I finished in about an hour, which was right in the middle of the pack I think.  I was covered from head to toe in mud by the end, and I loved it!  Can't wait to do more of these!

Yeah me too, it sort of reminds me of playing rugby, but without the violence.  Well I have one next weekend myself in a Boston Area park.  It seems there is about one mud run a weekend up here in the north east.

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