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.
When you compete in a Spartan Race, you put your body through some things it isn’t used to doing. For instance, chances are you don’t have to climb a 30-foot A-frame wall at the office, nor would you have to carry a 70 pound bucket of rocks between your daughter’s soccer game and family dinner. With that said, it’s not uncommon to come across a few spartan race injuries that range from cramps and strains, to freak accidents that can be much more serious. In Spartan, much like in life, you can be as careful as can be, and something could still go wrong. All you can do is attack the course with confidence and caution, and you should set yourself up for success.
Competing in a Spartan Race isn’t easy. Likewise, it’s hard to figure out how to train for a spartan race, since it requires one part endurance, one part upper body strength, a few parts technique, and a half ton of mental toughness. While there are many proven ways to get in shape, all of which would help your conquer a Spartan Race, we have found there are some key exercises and ways you can effectively train for a Spartan Race.
Tough Mudder has some of the best obstacles on the OCR circuit. Perhaps no race is as creative when it comes to creating (and naming!) the obstacles they will challenge racers with this year. With some old favorites coming back, and some new obstacles no one has faced, you will want to be sure you look ahead to make sure you can visualize yourself overcoming each obstacle and getting to the finish line.