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So you've decided to do the mud run but is your body ready? Whether you do the competitive races or the fun run, both present physical challenges. It's true that the mud run is an event for people of all skill levels for the whole family, but if you want to rule the battleground of brown, training is optimal.
The Camp Hansen World Famous Mud Run will take you through Okinawa's dense and sludgy jungle. Some cardiovascular fitness will go a long way. If you want to improve your running game in the meantime, the best way to do it is to run more. Cross-training cardio work such as biking, swimming or rowing is also beneficial to incorporate into your running programming as it is a low-impact way to increase your cardio and muscular endurance levels.
Many participants of endurance sports, like the mud run, make the mistake of neglecting strength training. Conditioning your fast-twitch muscles through resistance training is just as important as working your slow-twitch muscle fibers during endurance exercise. To ensure the best, injury-free performance from your body, include some weight training to balance out your muscular fitness.
Finally, nutrition is the most important part of any sport. If you don't provide your body with the proper fuel, it will not function to its full capacity. For an endurance event like the mud run, remember you will probably be fine without a full-on carb load, but a well-balanced breakfast of carbohydrates, fats, and protein will take you a long way.
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