Are you looking for a challenge that tests your all around physical strength, stamina, and mental grit? If so, look no further than the Tough Mudder – the toughest endurance event on the planet.
With obstacle courses designed by British Special Forces, you’ll encounter 10-12 miles of mud, fire, ice-water, and 10,000 volts of electricity. But, you won’t have to do it alone. Together with your teammates, you will look fear in the eye, and help push one another over the finish line to earn that coveted orange headband!
You can do it
If you’re feeling a bit hesitant or unsure of your ability to conquer the Tough Mudder, I’m here to tell you that you’re stronger than you think you are. The event is tough but it’s not impossible. I should know. I ran it. Four times. This was a feat that years ago, I could never have imagined accomplishing. As someone who has battled weight issues, there were times when I fell into the trap of believing the “fat kid” mentality of never taking a risk because failure was inevitable.
But I faced my fears head on; and now, I’m not only running Tough Mudders, I’m helping others do the same. To date, I’ve trained over 200 participants in four different Tough Mudders!
I want to help YOU have that same level of success, so I’ve put together 4 tips for conquering the Tough Mudder.
1. Train in the terrain
One of the biggest “mistakes” I see people make when preparing for Tough Mudder is putting in tons of time on the treadmill or elliptical, working out like a boss with free weights, cables, and machines, and never ONCE stepping outside of their comfort zone. A harsh reality is that Tough Mudder is going to be uncomfortable, so simply sticking to a “familiar” gym isn’t going to cut it. You still need to get gym time but in conjunction you also have to get your ankles, knees, hips, and joints ready for the task at hand!
I recommend taking your talents to the outdoors! Beach, trails, hills, bleachers, stairs, dirt, mud, water. It’s time to mix things up!
2. Practice balance
Incorporating a BOSU, air discs, gliding discs, TRX, or any other similar pieces of equipment into your training routine is going to help you out a TON in prepping for your mud run. By training your body’s internal stabilizers, you are setting your self up for success and a NON-injury completion since these are the parts of your body that are the first to be injured when your major muscles get tired.
3. Get your head in the game
Stay positive! It all goes back to the saying “Whether you think you can or you can’t… you’re right.” The brain is a tricky thing, and when you convince yourself you’re not going to be able to finish something, it’s because you are creating a “crash landing pad” for yourself in the case that you give it your all and fail. It’s a lot easier to say to yourself “See! I told you so!” then it is to come to grips with the fact that your best wasn’t good enough.
I’ve got news quite a bit of you should always remember…as long as you try, you are NEVER a failure. The moment you stop trying is the moment you will start dying. If you never quit, you’ll never “fail.”
4. Lead with heart
“One team, one dream”—Tough Mudders are team players who make sure no one gets left behind. When someone is having difficulty climbing over that 12 foot wall, extend a hand and pull them over. If someone’s spirits are low and they want to give up, be there to offer encouragement and inspiration.
If it were easy, it wouldn’t be special!