Maybe it starts with you looking up a few Tough Mudder obstacles on Youtube. You see someone conquering Funky Monkey and see how much fun the event looks and start thinking to yourself, “that’s going to be me.” Maybe you just sign up for your first Tough Mudder so you know exactly how long you have to train to get ready. Whatever the reason, you’ve committed mentally and now it’s time to put together a plan. Here is the definitive list for what to know for your first OCR Race.
ne trend in OCR is the high-mileage, 24-hour, endurance fests that you’ll see across every OCR race series. The other big trend that is catching on in 2018 is ultra-short distance races like Tough Mudder X. For these types of races, it takes a different skill set to find the podium. While endurance is still important, you have to develop more strength-based skills that can also help you in other OCR events like Spartan Race and Rugged Maniac. The best ways to train for Tough Mudder X involve mixing strength, power, and endurance moves into your schedule.
If you follow the top OCR athletes, you probably see a lot of advertising for products like FitAid and BeetElite. Whether it’s endurance fuel or a recovery supplement, there are plenty of products that are designed to get you ready, allow you to recover, and keep you going for your next event. Just like the fact that there are many ways to train, there are also many ways to fuel your training. Below are our picks for the best OCR products for nutrition. Keep in mind that you should always contact your doctor before making changes to your diet or your training plan.
Anyone who runs OCR races or Spartan Races knows that every race is different and requires different shoes and apparel. Flat races on summer days call for light treaded shoes and lightweight shorts and tops. Mountain races like the Spartan Beast at Killington, Vermont require studded Spartan Race shoes and something to protect your arms and legs.
As Spartan Race continues to grow and establish itself as one of the premier brands in OCR, new ways to push the sports and it’s athletes are emerging every year. One of the most recent challenges Spartan Race has come up with is the Spartan Race Trifecta. The Spartan Race Trifecta is an award competitors earn when they complete a Spartan Race Sprint race, Super race, and Beast race all in one calendar year.
For some, the idea of running through the mud and hopping over walls is fun, but the idea of running through 13 miles of mud and “hopping” over 10 foot walls is a bit too much to take on (at least for now anyway). There are obstacle course race events like Tough Mudder that you really need steady and determined training to complete. The good news for those who aren’t ready for the ultra-serious events is that there is another batch of obstacle course races for beginners.