I did my first warrior dash August 2012 and I'm signed up to do it again July 27, 2013!
For anyone doing the New York WD, it is at a ski resort and the first mile is directly up hill. I remember telling my friend, who was with me, that for next year I'll train by doing a lot of hiking. Not many actually ran and everyone was very supportive. The signs along the way are pretty funny and keep you laughing. And if I can suggest anything…do just that! LAUGH! Don't get discouraged. The whole point of these "runs" are to get muddy and have fun.
Definitely bring a change of shoes and plan on donating your muddy ones.
You can put your backpack (or whatever bag) in safe keeping so you don't have to carry anything with you during the race.
Bring CASH! They don't take credit for anything and the ATM wasn't working that day! (the turkey legs that are soooo popular didn't even taste good either)
Have fun everyone!! Hope to see pictures once everyone completes their races! :)
current weight: 227.0
Fitness Minutes: (18,587) Posts: 770 10/2/12 9:58 A
After running it for the second time today, here are some of my tips...
-pre-print and sign your waiver. -take 2 towels...you never know. -have cash-food is expensive and they only take cash for food, drinks and merchandise. -don't tuck in your shirt. You'll end up with a mud filled balloon. -don't panic. Most people are supportive and won't rush you. -sunscreen, even if you don't think you'll need it. -don't forget clean underwear!
If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always got.
current weight: 170.0
Fitness Minutes: (56,965) Posts: 2,083 6/5/12 1:15 P
I did the Warrior Dash last year and it was amazing! The first thing I said when I was done is "I'm so doing that again next year". Last week I signed up for the June 30th Warrior Dash in MN. Its at Afton Alps again this year, so yes, running up and down ski hills! I would say my best tips are:
- Have fun!! We dressed up in pink shirts with skulls on them and crazy long socks and put our hair in pigtail messy buns. Lots of people dress up, so its fun to join in! And I totally agree with the person who said when guys wear skirts make sure to wear proper undergarments...
- Don't dive head first into the mud pit if you have contacts in. Yes, I admit it, I got so caught up in the fun at the end that I dove in the mud pit. I ended up taking my contacts out a little bit later and walking around half blind for the rest of the day.
- If you're bringing spectators or cheerleaders, let them know they will get dirty. The ground is covered in mud after the first wave goes through. My boyfriend wore white shoes last year, not smart!
- I also second the comment about wearing old shoes and donating them after. You won't want to take them home. Plus take a picture on top of the huge mountain of gross shoes after!!
Unless you're a serious runner or extremely competitive, the Warrior Dash is not about getting the best time. Its about finding your inner warrior and having fun!!! Good luck to everyone who is participating this year!!
My 3 favorite motivational quotes -- Don't sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now -- -- Whether you think you can or think you can't ... you're right-- -- Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending--
:) Good luck to all!!
current weight: 240.0
Fitness Minutes: (18,587) Posts: 770 5/18/12 10:35 A
A few tips that I have to share are: don't wear your favorite/new/expensive shoes (you more than likely will not be wanting them after they are soaked in stinky mud), invest in some work out/lifting gloves to protect your hands somewhat (those ropes hurt on bare hands, & there are multiple chances to encounter splinters), if possible run with a buddy to help motivate you, bring a towel, and baby wipes for after the race, and have FUN! Also, if you are a guy and choose to wear a skirt please make sure you have proper underclothing under your skirt; no one wants to see that as they are trying to scale a wall or cargo net!!! Even though it was in the 90 degree temperature range when I did my first WD I wore long pants to prevent bloody knees. I also wore a bandana wich kept the sweat off my face & some of the mud out of my hair. Good luck to all who plan to do a WD this year!
Fitness Minutes: (22,834) Posts: 526 2/1/12 6:04 A
I think 5k training would be great, though in my experience, it was hard for anyone to run the whole course. At least with our course, there were lots of roots, mud puddles, rocks, etc., and there were a lot of people, so actual RUNNING was difficult. (Plus, my husband did the course with me, and he's not a runner, so we didn't run at all.)
For me, strength training worked the best, but I think any cardio would definitely help, too!
Be the change you want to see in the world.
Fitness Minutes: (60,871) Posts: 1,576 1/31/12 9:04 P
Thanks. Aswith several on the team, I am a Warrior Virgin. I'm really looking for some "Oooh. Wish I'd known..." stories from you vets. I heard about the old shoes to donate. Do you think the 5K is the best training or more upper body or what? I'm putty in your experienced hands!
Eastern Time Zone Megan "Never tie your self esteem to a number - high or low"
Pounds lost: 3.0
Fitness Minutes: (22,834) Posts: 526 12/1/11 7:45 A
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