Running on a team can be a great way to experience an obstacle race or mud run. It's fun to race and compete with friends and help each other over the tough obstacles. Here are a few tips to make racing with a team even more enjoyable.
The summer is hot and with the vast majority of the obstacle racing season taking place in the summer staying cool on course can often be a challenge. When the temperature spikes into the 90's or higher it is time to take a few precautions to help keep cool and stem off heat related issues on a course. Follow these steps when the temperatures spike for a happy and healthy mud run or obstacle race.
Running an obstacle race or a mud run is a great chance to get out with a group of friends and go push yourselves outside of the daily norm. It's a chance to help others achieve goals while you also achieve your own goals. For these reasons, many decide to tackle an obstacle race as a team or with a group of others.
Many obstacle races offer more than one option when signing up for a race. Typically registration is split up into two categories elite (or competitive) or open heats. Elite and open heats both offer participants the same course and the same obstacles but running in either type of heat can offer a bit different experience.
Since the beginning of obstacle racing and mud runs people have flocked to the duct tape sections of their local home improvement shop prior to their first event. Somewhere along the way, someone came up with the idea that Duct Tape would be a good tool to helping keep shoes on during a mud run. While most seasoned obstacle racers and mud runners know this will not help keep shoes on many newbies still show up on the day of the event with duct tape on their shoes.
Whatever you want to call it nothing is fun about chafing. Racers for years have been coming up with colorful names to describe this potentially painful experience that many athletes face both in and out of obstacle course racing. Planning ahead of time can help ensure you skip out on this painful experience.
Shoes! Shoes are one of the hottest topics in obstacle racing and mud runs. It is one of the first questions that arises for any new athlete and even the experienced athletes at the beginning of the new season. Instead of stocking their closets with the newest designer shoe, obstacle racers and mud runners turn to the running shoe companies to find their closets and shoe racks.
In every racers life, as they push harder and harder to achieve new goals, the inevitable DNF happens. A DNF stands for Did Not Finish it is a monicker attached to both race results and a term used by many racers to describe a race or event they did not complete.
It's Monday morning after an obstacle race or mud run or other non-traditional race as you recount your weekend the event whether it be a big race like a Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, or Warrior Dash or one of the smaller or more local obstacle races or mud runs, the question seems to arise for many who take competition seriously, Did you win?.
Obstacle races and mud runs have become more and more popular over the past couple of years but still many do not know much about what these crazy people do on the weekends when back in the office describing the weekend. For those with mud runners or obstacle racers in their lives, we have compiled an extensive list of the questions that are left best unsaid on Monday.