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.
The only parts of your body not throbbing are the one's you've lost feeling in. You stop to wince, and the dried mud on your face cracks where smiles did eight miles ago. You look up and there she is—Everest 2.0. “Why didn't they put this earlier?” you think to yourself. Followed by, “How do I get up this thing?”
As the devious answer to question one is far too obvious, let's spend our TMHQ QT today on question two. Straight from our mad-minded course creators, here are Tough Mudder's top five tips for toppling Everest 2.0.
You’re running. Maybe it’s mile seven. You see Mudders climbing on top of and over each other as you approach what looks like Everest turned inside-out. Mud is splattered everywhere, and people are slipping and gripping each other trying to get to the top. It looks like a pile of giant ants.
This is Pyramid Scheme, one of our new 2014 obstacles, where your teammates and other Mudders are the most important asset you’ve got. Like the unsustainable business model it was named after, you’re going to have to take advantage of those around you to succeed.
As Tough Mudder's head course designer likes to say, jumping into Arctic Enema “is like quickly eating ice cream and getting punched in the balls at the same time.” Technically speaking, however, TM's 0-Degree Dumpster of Daze is an industrial sized dumpster filled with ice cold water and ice cubes topped with a barbed wire wooden divider that Mudders must swim under—the long way. This might sound tough enough - but the Tough Mudder Obstacle Innovation Lab are constantly striving to push Mudders even harder and in 2017 this is exactly what they've done.
Remember the sheer joy you felt as a kid the first time you made it across the monkey bars? First there was the struggle as you kicked your legs and tried to get your tiny arms to yank you from one bar to the next. Next was the frustration whenever you fell or had to jump down because it got too hard. But eventually with practice, you made it across.
Hit the road and prepare for a Tough Mudder with these five outdoor endurance workouts.
As you approach the angry beast, you can hear it clicking its 1,000 yellow tongues at you, just waiting for you to run right into its gaping mouth. Others go ahead before you and for a split second you think it will all be okay - hey, look, that guy’s making it through fine. But then he goes down, then another and yet another. You can feel the sweat on your brow as you realize, holy sh*t it’s your turn. You’re about to dash through 10,000 volts of electricity and you have no cover.
How much cardio should I be doing in my training? How much running is too much running? Why should I ever do slow runs when fast, hard ones will make me faster?
Unless you’ve been taught the ropes of proper training, these are questions that most people ask themselves at some point along the road of preparing their bodies for an event. What follows is a breakdown of the things you should know to be best prepared for your race, and avoid injury or over-tiredness.