Hold on a sec, were you legitimately about to pass up a Tough Mudder run because of some rumours? Well then, I guess it’s about time we finally debunk all that unnecessary chatter. Huddle up, team!
You don’t have to be chiseled by the Greek gods to be able to join a Tough Mudder run. Sure, the mass of muscular bodies can be impressive, but that’s not what Tough Mudder takes great pride in. It’s the fierce determination and iron will that we see on the trail that really knocks us off our feet. Consistent training and a disciplined mindset are the key traits of a Mudder and if you ask them what their ticket to the finish line was, we swear to you, they will mention these exact same things.
Dedicating your whole life to training before the run may work for some people but don’t feel pressured to do the same. Our past participants shared that they allotted at least 4 to 6 hours of training per week before a Tough Mudder event. In all honesty, that doesn’t sound hard to commit to. Plus, there are other ways for you to condition your body, like contact sports or crossfit. It’s a good habit to be active but don’t let the training *portion consume you because that’ll suck the fun out of OCR. Mudder’s are there to enjoy themselves, so don’t be your own buzz kill.
While it’s true that a large portion of our mud runs is running, it’s safe to say that the kilometers aren’t done in one, literal pass. After running 1km or two, you’ll encounter one obstacle that will take you a while to get across. Waiting for your turn will give your calves enough time to rest before the next run. Remember, it’s not a marathon, and most definitely not a race. You can walk or take breaks if you feel like you’re *this* much close to pulling a hamstring. Nevertheless, we still recommend establishing a consistent training routine that involves cardio to help you get by. Aim to run 6 or 7 miles without fainting or vomiting, when that happens, you’ll be good to go.
Much to everyone’s surprise, yes, you can skip obstacles. Whether you have a life-threatening fear of heights or you’re claustrophobic, don’t sweat it and just run it out. If you’re having a hard time getting over a specific obstacle, don’t be shy to ask your teammates for a boost. Before you get any ideas, we want to clarify that this free pass isn’t a loophole for you to skip all the obstacles that make you squirm. Realistically speaking, you should do as many obstacles as you can, no matter the challenge. Carpe diem those obstacles!
Wanna give Tough Mudder a go but you’re a lone wolf? No worries, you can sign up even if you don’t have a team. As for the obstacles that can’t be done alone, we’ve got your back. Fellow Tough Mudders are there to give you a leg up whenever you need it. It’s not uncommon for people to join other teams or for packs to be formed on the day itself. A shared goal really unites people together, but adding mud into the mix? There’s no way you’ll be left behind.
Do you feel slightly better about yourself now? Good, because you’ll feel even better once you complete a Tough Mudder. The minute you surpass your first obstacle, the rest will be a piece of cake. It’s only hard the first time around, so mind over matter folks!