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Friday, January 25, 2013

Training for an Obstacle Race

Well, I’ve gone and signed up for my first ever obstacle race. No turning back now. This June I’ll be participating in the Warrior Dash, a 3.10 mile course that’s going to force me to run, jump, climb, crawl through the mud and more. Sound fun? Check it out here.

Though I feel like I’m in good shape, I am definitely not a runner. Over the next few months I’m going to be training like crazy to make sure that I can complete the race and, of course, that I don’t hurt myself while trying to run this thing.

While I haven’t come up with a set training plan, there are a few things I know I’ll need to incorporate in my gym routine over the next few months:
  • Running: Of course. This will be my biggest challenge with the race. My goal is to run at least three times per week on a treadmill at a jogging pace until I’m able to complete 3.10 miles, and perhaps even a bit more. Once I’m able to cover that distance, I’m planning to work on increasing my speed. As soon as the weather gets nicer, I’m going to move my training outside so I can get used to the terrain.
  • Strength Training: I’ve been hitting the gym regularly and lifting weights. I’m planning to continue with my weight lifting routine with the goal of increasing the amount of weight I lift and incorporating some new moves.
  • Full Body Exercises: I don’t do them now, but I’m going to incorporate exercises like burpees, mountain climbers and medicine ball slams. These exercises not only provide cardio benefits, but they work multiple muscle groups. I haven’t decided exactly which full body exercises I’m going to do or how often I’ll do them, but I’m planning to incorporate those types of activities just after running in order to help simulate running to and completing an obstacle. 
  • Stretching: No matter what I do at the gym, I try to spend a few minutes stretching. And, though I sometimes skip, I try to do some stretching exercises before I go to bed each night. I want to make it a goal to continue this. I think maintaining flexibility in my body will only help me during the race since I know I’ll have to crawl, climb and do other moves I don’t regularly do. 

With this race, I see it as more of a challenge to complete rather than something I need to win. Though, I’m sure my competitive nature will help fuel me the day of the event. Not only that, I see this as a way for me to stay motivated, get to the gym more and train my heart out over the next few months. No matter how I do in the race, I’ll be putting in a lot of effort over the next four and a half months to get myself in better shape. I'll post more updates about my training over the next few months!

Another fantastic thing about this race is that the organization partners with St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Participants have the opportunity to sign up to be a fundraiser, which I’ve done. I’m hoping to raise at least $300 for St. Jude’s. If you feel inclined, please check out my fundraising site and donate if you are able! And please pass the word along if you can. Thanks in advance!

Have you participated in any obstacle races? Tell us how you did in the comments!


  1. That is a great event, you really have to prepare for that. One thing I can only suggest is you have to increase your stamina to survive and finish the race. Proper training makes you prepared for that great event. That is very exciting....obstacle racing