Put your fitness to the test with obstacle races
Obstacle course racing has become increasingly popular as a way to test endurance and strength by combining a mix of distance running and various obstacles. Common obstacles are designed to challenge participants’ fears and often involve extreme temperatures, crawling under barbed wire, wall climbing, navigating through water or carrying heavy objects.
GO BIG OR GO HOME: INTRODUCING THE TOUGH MUDDER
The Tough Mudder is probably the most popular mud run. Tough Mudders are held across the globe, making them very accessible regardless of your location. A unique feature of this particular mud run is the principle of teamwork. The race is not timed, but rather focuses on camaraderie and helping your team, or other teams’ members, complete the race. You can choose from various levels, ranging from 3 to 12 miles, each featuring a different number of obstacles depending on how hardcore you want to go.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT OBSTACLE COURSE RACE
If you’re interested in finding another mud run near you, there are plenty of other obstacle races. If you’re looking for an obstacle run that’s more easy-going, then your best bet might be a race more focused on obstacles than running. If you feel you want a more extreme challenge, then going for an ultramarathon might be up your street. Take your pick, there are plenty of obstacle course races happening in many locations, all year long.
BE PREPARED WITH THE RIGHT GEAR
You’ve decided to take the plunge and sign up for a mud run, congrats! Now you will need the appropriate gear. Having the right equipment is absolutely key to navigating the quickly-changing terrain of any run.
Make sure your shoes have good grip but are still flexible for you to move quickly.
Try New Balance’s Men’s and Women’s 590v3 Trail shoe to tackle the elements
Socks may seem like a detail, but they can make or break your day. Cotton socks can cause blisters, so it’s best to opt for compression socks made from synthetic materials.
Try Nike’s performance socks to stay dry and comfortable.
Form-fitting shirts aren’t only for those buff participants wanting to show off their muscles. Quick-drying and stretchy slim fits will help you move freely and avoid snagging your clothes on any of the elements. Slim-fit pants or shorts are also highly recommended for the same reason.
It’s wise to invest in a pair of gloves with grip to protect your hands from obstacles such as ropes. Nike Fundamental Training Gloves are great for this activity.
TIME TO GET MUDDY!
If you think you’re ready to be challenged mentally and physically, obstacle course racing might be the next thing to tick off your bucket list. Now that you are familiar with mud runs, which one will you choose?
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