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Being a Mudder℠ is all about taking on the obstacles in your life and the enormous sense of accomplishment that you feel when you overcome them.

‘Tis the season of holiday parties and the indulgences they present—specifically the alcoholic kind. From wine at Thanksgiving dinner to Christmas eggnog to champagne toasts on New Year’s Eve, the holiday season is full of celebratory beverages. But just like too many Chanukah latkes will start to weigh you down, too many drinks during the holidays will affect your fitness and training.

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Training for and participating in an obstacle course race can make you feel unstoppable, but the truth is, plenty of participants face personal challenges that make them feel less like The Rock and more like they’d rather be hiding under a rock. If you’ve ever experienced stomach or digestive issues that seem exacerbated during workouts, training sessions, or at actual Tough Mudder events, it might be time to test out the FODMAP diet. 

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Halloween is almost here, Mudder Nation! The holidays are about to kick into high gear and Halloween is the first to usher in the season of good eats. But the rush of sugar, carbs, and pumpkin-spiced everything doesn’t have to derail your nutrition plan. As the saying goes, “Everything in moderation—including moderation."

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With so many “new” food rules #trending, it’s easy for Mudders-in-training to get overwhelmed by what they should be doing to fuel their bodies. Three of the most popular eating plans, Keto, Paleo, and Whole30®, all have shown promise for people looking for long-term weight loss, but if you’re living an active and healthy lifestyle and just want to eat right, are they right for you? 

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You’ve made it through the toughest, hottest months of training and racing—congratulations! But don’t toss your water bottle just yet. The fitness you’ve worked so hard to build goes hand-in-hand with hydration for optimal performance. Follow these tips to run strong into the autumn.

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Every Mudder has their own pre-event routine, and fueling up is an important part. Here’s what 10 Tough Mudder Ambassadors eat before they hit the course.

1. “Bananas, peanut butter, aminos, and maaaaaaaybe some caffeine.” —Brian Heffernan

2. “Overnight oats! Greek yogurt mixed with Nutella, almond milk, and the oats, and then I put granola and strawberries on it.” —Michele Fisher

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Energy gels are definitely a great way to give your stamina a big kick in the pants when you start to bonk during training or on course. But sometimes, well, you’d just rather not suck down goo. So, what’s a Mudder to do?

Check out these options for a mid-event energy boost that, honestly, are tasty enough to eat (or drink!) anytime you need a little more pep in your step.

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Sorry, Mudder Nation: Even if you’re training hard for a 5K, Classic, or Toughest Mudder and expending loads of energy on the regular, you probably still can't eat anything you want. But because there are more eating plans than there are ways to get over Everest (read: lots), it can be hard to figure out which eating plan is best for you.

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Protein is a crucial part of any Mudder’s nutrition, and most people think “meat” when they think of protein. But there are plenty of plant-forward ways to work protein into your diet. These meals and snacks are the perfect options for meat-free Tough Mudders to get the vegetarian protein they need to crush it on course.

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From smoothies to plant-based burgers and pizza, getting your vegetarian protein fix has never been easier or more delicious. After completing a Tough Mudder, your body needs to refuel with a protein-packed meal, and these eight vegetarian protein options offer the perfect combination of flavor and nutrition. 

Wild Friends Oatmeal 

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Whether your usual team is sitting this one out or you’re new to Mudder Nation and don’t yet have a crew, running solo is no reason to panic. Follow these training and event day tips to crush it while going stag.

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A registered dietitian offers three mouthwatering meal plans, for all types of eaters, to help you get the nutrients you need to fuel athletic training on fasting days.

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Intermittent Fasting is gaining in popularity, and some research even says it can enhance performance. Here, experts weigh in on the hype.

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It’s finally here: The season of sunshine, outdoor training, and Tough Mudders galore.

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There’s more to coffee than the energy boost it gives you. Read on to get the low down.

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