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Tough Mudder training plan

Saturday, June 09, 2012

cbudack and I am doing the WI Tough Mudder in September. I have been focused on this in the back of my mind for the last few months while working out, but it is now 3 months to the race and time to buckle down and focus.

One thing I have decided is I am really glad we are doing the WI race in Sept instead of the MN race they had in May. Now I can run outside and work out at the playground, where it would have been too cold to do that in prep for May.

I did some surfing on the web to find a training program as my running is no where to par. I am not worried about running the Tough Mudder, but I am thinking it is going to be important for endurance and overall fitness to be better at running than I am right now.

I started looking at some half marathon trainings, but that was way more running than I am interested in. The training right on the Tough Mudder website is just to unconventional. I do most of those exercises, but I need the crutch of some guiding me rather than following a script on a piece of paper.

I finally came across a Tough Mudder training from Outside magazine. A 12 week program that includes running and strength training and the time frames each day seem reasonable.

I am just going to use it as a guideline, using my supreme 90 videos instead of the specific exercises they have, add in some playground work (monkey bars / pull ups), and change the rest days around (Sat and Sun are my days I get to have long workouts, the rest days move to early meeting work days). Of course, there will be added cardio too, no where near enough of that is this plan for me!

I am excited because I feel the running parts they include should be manageable for me. I am not quite at a 10 minute mile, but I am close enough that I should be able to continue the improvements expected and increase the distances as they increase during the program.

Now that I have a plan, I am really ready to race.

What is your favorite training plan that you have used in the past for your favorite interest?
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    check out spartanrace blog as spartan race is similar to TM and it'll give you some ideas of what to expect from others who have done these races
    1595 days ago
    I am so saving that training plan! One day I will do one too! Keep up the great work!
    1596 days ago
    I want to do the tough mudder next year! can't wait to see how it goes for you!
    1597 days ago
    Wahoo.....go for it!

    The running book that changed my life was Jeff Galloway's book called simply, "Running"....order a copy today!

    It has programs for 5Ks all the way to half-marathons with any type of time goal you choose. He advocates a "run-walk" method. I thought it was hokey till I tried my first marathon using it.....and cut almost 30 minutes off my time!!! Pretty amazing stuff, but it works. I even cut my 5K time down from 28 minutes to 24 minutes by taking a few strategic walk-breaks.
    1597 days ago
    Hats off to you for doing this. I looked at the Tough Mudder and oh H. E. double hockey sticks NO. Not ready for that. I am doing the Warrior Dash in 3 weeks with my sister so we will see how that goes.

    Good for you for looking up proper training and good luck.
    1597 days ago
  • NORTIZ77
    Tough Mudder aint no joke!! Major thumbs up to you...that is totally awesome and super inspiring! Good luck emoticon
    1597 days ago
    Thank you for posting it!

    I hope to do the tough mudder some day. We were actually discussing the Super Spartan next year maybe (8+ miles). But the TM is actually coming to Buffalo, NY next summer and that's only about 2 hours from here and I want to do it!

    I'd recommend checking out the course beforehand if you can, or asking around to see what the terrain is like. The Spartan Sprint kicked my ass with the damn hills, this upcoming year I plan to practice on hiking trails and running up hills in my area (with a sandbag once I make one too).

    Good luck! You're awesome! And I cant wait to hear all about it!
    1597 days ago
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