Hey Savages! It’s race week in Ohio and we’re excited! While we’re busy putting the finishing touches on our course, we know you’re busy preparing – physically and mentally – for your next obstacle course race.
There are many reasons people decide to participate in a mud run. For some, it’s an opportunity to support a team or rally around a cause. For others, it’s a way to commemorate a significant event in their lives or honor a loved one. And some people just want to push their physical and mental boundaries by challenging themselves on the course.
Whatever your reason is, it’s a good one!
Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your next mud run experience.
The physical challenges presented at any obstacle course race are demanding. You’re asking your body to travel over a long distance, through rugged terrain, with large obstacles to overcome along the way. It’s not easy.
Just like you wouldn’t run a marathon or enter a weightlifting competition without training, we don’t recommend you face Savage Race without training either. Pick your race date, make a plan, and stick to it. (For training ideas, read our blog posts on training tips here.)
Obstacle course racing can be as big of a mental challenge as it is a physical one. The obstacles you face on the course may give you a little flutter of fear… or they may cause you to freeze up and think “I can’t do this.” But the truth is – you can!
Knowing that you’re going to face difficult challenges along the way is half the battle. Yes, you will be jumping into a giant ice bath that will take your breath away. Yes, you will be traversing a narrow, shaky beam across murky water. Yes, you will be jumping off of a platform 15 feet in the air. Since you know these things, you can decide to be brave.
Approach each obstacle with the mindset of “I’m going to give this my very best shot. I’m going to try. I’m going to squash those feelings of fear and I’m going to choose to be brave.” We know you can do it, and you’re going to feel on top of the world when you do. (Remember, you always have the option to skip an obstacle if you decide to, and that’s totally ok, too!)
One of the very best parts of Savage Race is the community and camaraderie that exists out on the course. If you’re racing by yourself, remember that there are hundreds of other Savages beside you that can lend a hand when you need it. Sure, Savage Race has lots of teams that race together, but in the end we’re all one big team. Everyone wants to see everyone else succeed.
With that being said, make sure you take the time to help someone out. Give them a boost over a wall, reach down and help them up Colossus, or cheer them on when they are about to jump off of Davy Jones’ Locker. These small gestures of kindness will make a lasting impact on the person you’re helping. When we all support each other, we all succeed.
Getting the most out of your race experience requires training properly, having an attitude of bravery, and being willing to help those around you. And Ohio, it’s about time to put these tips to the test!
If you haven’t registered yet, you can do that here. And if you have a friend or family member who wants to come watch, grab a spectator pass for them here. (And while you’re at it, here are the top five spectator spots at Savage Race.) We’ll see you on Saturday!
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