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04th June 2018

Mud runs and obstacle races are rapidly growing in popularity each year.

With a number of mud runs to choose from, there’s no excuses not to get involved!

There’s Pretty Muddy Race for Life- where women can choose to take part in either the 5k or 10k run. There’s the more challenging 12 mile Tough Mudder and then the longest UK event, the Rat Race dirty weekend, which consists of 20 miles and full of obstacles.

The great thing about mud runs is that you can have fun while challenging yourself to step out of your comfort zone. The perfect event to get involved in this summer!

What training will help with my mud run?

The run will require an element of strength to help with anything from crawling under obstacles to climbing over nets.

Remember this is a mud run, so add mud to those obstacles and its going to be pretty demanding on your body.

Start your training slowing, increasing your exercise gradually.

If you’re completely new to running, start with two minutes jogging, followed by 2 minutes walking and build up on this.

Whilst training remember you will not being running in a straight line or be able to settle into a rhythm for any distance, so learning to run the longest is not going to be too important for the run. You will be changing speed and direction regularly, using every muscle in your body to stay upright.

Strength training is vital for any mud run.

Use a combination of body weight exercises and high intensity interval training (HIIT) to build up your strength.

Some body weights strengthening exercises you should include are:

  • Squats
  • Squat jumps
  • Plank
  • Burpees
  • Mountain climbers
  • Walking lunges
  • Press ups

Further develop the right strength levels through push and pull movements using free weights such as kettlebells, medicine balls and dumbells.