By Steve Slama
My first tip is to stay hydrated or be very well hydrated before the race. Too many times people wing it and subsequently deal with cramps, stomach problems or worse. Something as simple as drinking water can save you a lot of issues. This is the one thing that can help you as far as performance and keep you out of trouble. Drink water, and lots of it!
Clothing, I have to say that being comfortable at the race is a big thing. If it’s going to be hot, cold, or in the fall make sure you bring the right gear. I have seen some tough people make it through cold weather but didn’t need to if they would of brought the right gear.
Fuel with good food! With good fueling choices you will feel good throughout the race. There are gels and energy packs that people use. Some people use peanut butter and jelly sandwiches even.
Whatever you decide to use practice with it, don’t try something new the day of the race. You never know how your body will react.
This may not apply as much to the shorter races like a Spartan Sprint etc but this will apply to the longer races for sure. Fueling with the right food is important. You need to find what works for you or talk to your coach.
Get off the couch and train!!!!
At least get moving, do some sweating and get to know yourself.
Use this race as a catalyst to give you a goal.
Meet yourself again for the first time, chances are you can do a lot more than you think you can. Getting yourself on some type of program will make race day that much more enjoyable. There are some great programs out there. SEAL Grinder PT, Spartan SGX, etc.
My biggest tip is to have fun; Make this an adventure!
Bring a team to have fun with. The biggest thing in life, I believe, is to meet yourself and evolve, gain knowledge and live your life through experience.
This will give you that opportunity, life is a great thing and races give you all the ups and downs along with the defeats and triumphs all in one day!!!!!
Enjoy it! Embrace it and learn from it!
Answer: I like the Salomon Speedcross 4 Trail Runner shoe and have used it on multiple mud races.
About the Author
Steve Slama is a Spartan racer and enjoys workouts from many disciplines. He currently lives in Wittenberg, Wisconsin. Check out his Team Forge Ahead website here.
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