Race training and the Warrior Dash

I use MapMyRun with an application on my iPhone to record the distance, route, pace, etc. of my outdoor runs. Maybe someday I'll invest in a Garmin but, for now, this works for me (provided I don't put my iPhone in the same pocket as, what I think is, an "empty" Clif Shot packet...but THAT is another story).

I received this race promo from MapMyFitness this week and couldn't help but share the "Warrior Dash" with you:

Warrior Dash is the ultimate event for thrill-seeking athletes. This six-kilometer race is held on the most demanding and unique 143 acres of terrain the Midwest has to offer. Participants will take on 13 intense obstacles and celebrate their feat with music, beer and muddy shorts.

This sounds pretty crazy and maybe a little scary! I've heard of Muddy Buddy races, but this one takes it to the next level. From their website FAQs:

How do I train for Warrior Dash?
  1. Day one: run as far as you can. Go home. Day two: do the same thing.
  2. Find the dirtiest pond in your neighborhood and snorkel in it - in your slippers, without goggles.
  3. Practice your climbing and crawling skills at your local jungle gym. Ignore the small children and parental glares.
  4. Do not shower or shave for weeks in order to obtain a true Warrior look.
Who says exercise has to be boring?

My Training
I don't plan to be racing in the mud this year but I will be running a short race at the end of March (either 5k or 10k- I haven't decided yet). Then triathlon racing season will start for me in June with the first Tri for Fun race here in Northern California. I've been doing a lot of running in the rain so far and I'm looking forward to clear skies!

With so many sports drinks, bars, etc. available, it can be hard to decide what to eat or drink when you're ramping up your workout intensity and duration. I'll share some of my pre and post workout foods and drinks later this week.

0 comments: