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Anyone done a Tough Mudder? Crossfit as prep? Advice?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 15, 2013 at 12:46 AM

For some inexplicable reason I'm drawn to the Tough Mudder. I've been doing Crossfit for about a year and consider myself to be in decent shape. I love a challenge and something really stupid like swimming through cold mud and getting electric shocks somehow has some appeal for me.

I am a 43 y.o. male so guessing I'm about 15-20 years older than most people that consider it. A guy at my gym a few years younger than me blew out his knee while training for a Mudder and needed surgery, which gave me pause.

I took the questionnaire at the Tough Mudder site and it says I'm close to qualified (though some of the questions were like, who was your favorite US president). I don't really love to run and despite the Crossfit, 2-3 miles is about as far as I really feel like running. I could do 4 at a stretch but would only do 5 if being chased by zombies.

I have read a bunch of reports that say that being able to run 5-6 miles is more important than strength or general fitness. There are people at my Crossfit gym that can bang out 5-10 miles without breaking a sweat but can't lift an empty bar over their head so I'm wondering if I have the wrong kind of training.

Opinions? Advice?

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on March 15, 2013
at 02:16 AM

Endurance and strength are different things. Strength is your muscle fibers, endurance is your ability to generate energy. You imply you have low endurance -- for a long obstacle course your muscle fibers won't help you much...

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on March 15, 2013
at 12:55 AM

It's not a 10-12 mile continuous run.

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:49 PM

I've had never run more than 1-2 miles before doing the Rugged Maniac which was a 5k hilly obstacle course event. Tough yes, but it wasn't as bad as I expected. By the end I felt I could keep going. Its as much mental as physical.

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:45 PM

I did a Tough Mudder in April 2012. I also don't like running long distances, but I had no problem completing the challenge. You actually spend quite a bit of time waiting in line to complete obstacles. And if you want to take a few minutes to walk, you won't be the only one. The Toughest thing for me was dealing with being cold. It was 40 degrees out when my wave started, and I think it was the third obstacle where you jump into an ice pool. I never got warm for the whole time after that.

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on June 11, 2013
at 09:10 PM

I did tough mudder last year, I'm a 26 year old female and barely trained for it. I think it's more of a mind over matter thing as long as you are in decent shape. I meant to, but had a snowboarding accident a couple months before. The feel of the whole event is more focused on camaraderie than competition. If you like a thrill and pushing yourself then you're good to go.

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:20 PM

You can also check out the Crossfit Endurance website. They provide endurance programming to plug in with CF WOD's that works very well and is economized for time.

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on March 29, 2013
at 10:33 AM

Have you heard of the Zombie Run? Forget about the Tough Mudder and start running from the actual zombies.

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on March 15, 2013
at 03:37 AM

Get out and run up and down some hills in the woods. Jump over stuff, climb a rock, etc. See what you think. No amount of advice replaces the experience in these matters.

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800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

on March 15, 2013
at 12:50 AM

Well, the Tough Mudder website says it's 10-12 miles obstacle course. If you can do only 5 miles if chased by zombies, well...

9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

(15833)

on March 15, 2013
at 12:55 AM

It's not a 10-12 mile continuous run.

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

(1655)

on March 15, 2013
at 02:16 AM

Endurance and strength are different things. Strength is your muscle fibers, endurance is your ability to generate energy. You imply you have low endurance -- for a long obstacle course your muscle fibers won't help you much...

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