At Tough Mudder we’re all about epic obstacles, but whether you’re dipping a toe in the mud at Tough Mudder 5K or tackling World’s Toughest Mudder a certain degree of running is also necessary to earn that all important headband.
In celebration of Global Running Day (June 2nd) we asked our UK Trainer (and London Marathon runner) Born to put together his top five tips for better running. You might be happy to find out that they don’t have all that much to do with the actual running but you know the old saying, failing to prepare is preparing to fail.
5 Top Running Tips
Think you’re either a natural runner or you’re…not? Not so fast Mudder, try these top five tips and give yourself the best chance at racking up the miles.
1. Ditch Your Old Kicks
Planning on digging out your old stinky trainers that have long been relegated to the back of the cupboard? Think again. The right footwear will support your running technique making you more comfortable and less susceptible to injury. We don’t know about you, but a shiny pair of new trainers is also a great motivator (plus you might as well look good while you sweat).
2. Hydration is Key
Did you know that a healthy person’s body mass is 50-60% water? Keeping hydrated is crucial for a good performance, especially in hot weather and on long runs over 10km. Consider taking a bottle of water with you and taking small sips as you go. Once you’re finished, don’t forget to replace your lost electrolytes as well, our finish line water partner Actiph Water is a good place to start.
3. Timing is Everything
We all know the feeling, you’ve just devoured a tasty meal and now you can’t imagine ever leaving the sofa. Now imagine going for a run when you feel bloated and full – not very fun is it? Try and leave at least two hours after a meal before you go on a run to let your food digest and stop you feeling sick or sluggish.
4. Warm Up (and Down)
When you’re feeling motivated it can be easy to want to get right into it but it’s important to warm up your muscles to avoid injury. Start every run with 10 minutes of walking and slow running, and do the same after your run. Your body with thank you the next day.
5. Resting is as Important as Training
We know you Mudder Nation, you’re nothing less than dedicated but knowing when to rest and let your body recover is just as important as knowing when to push yourself. If something hurts when you’re running for more than two days, take two days off.