How to Fuel Before, During and After Your Tough Mudder

By Melissa Freeswick | October 26, 2015

 

Prepping for Probably the Toughest Event on the Planet goes beyond a few bicep curls. You committed to a challenge, and to pushing your mental and physical limits, why halfass any of it? Beyond training, you should be fueling the machine that’ll get you to the finish line with a balanced diet so you can crush Mud Mile like a badass.

Pre-Event

You already know what we’re going to tell you, your diet should be stacked with complex carbs, fresh vegetables, and lean protein in order to reach your highest training potential. It's not that you can’t indulge in some weekend brews, or the occasional twinkie, just do it in moderation, alright? Eating healthy doesn’t have to be a snooze-fest. Find a cookbook, like Thug Kitchen, that’ll inspire you to try new things like putting balls on your salad. If you’ve already got the whole eating healthy meals down but can’t kick your sweet tooth, whip up protein-packed alternatives like this Oreo Protein Pudding.

Event Day

With anything that requires intense physical exertion, make sure you drink a ton of water, seriously. Hydration is key in maximizing your energy levels through 10+ miles of mud. The course is littered with fueling stations - grab ½ a banana, or an energy bar on the go and keep crushing the course - you’ll be happy you did once you hit the next obstacle.

Post-Event

Congrats (virtual fist pound). You made it to the finish line, now what? Recovery, that’s what. In addition to a post-event beer with buddies, prevent muscle breakdown and reduce muscle soreness by downing some Alpha Amino BCAAs. What are those? Just a magical mixture of 14 different amino acids that’ll not only help to increase endurance during your workout, but also help muscles to recover faster after so you’ll be ready when your next endurance adventure presents itself.

Ready for your next challenge? Find an event near you in 2016.