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Primal Tough Mudder

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 29, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Any paleo/primal tough mudders out there? My hubby and I are starting to train now (we are bouth VERY out of shape) for one next May. Any tips? Training advice? Success stories?

I want to use this as a goal to be at a certain point with my fitness/body shape by next April.

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on May 29, 2012
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By very out of shape...I used to work out 2-3 hours per day, then let my body go to crap when I got pregnant. I had my son October of 2011 and am now trying to get back in shape. I am using the TM as a goal of where I want my fitness level to be next year when it rolls around. I have been walking (at 15-17 min mi) 2-4 miles a day with lots of hills, and trying to fit in a 15 min work out every day with burpees, push ups, sit ups, 5 min of cardio etc. Finding 'alone' time to actually get a decent work out is difficult with an infant, but I work it in any way I can.

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on May 29, 2012
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This is really good to know! Our TM here in Colorado is up in the mountains, 8k+ elevation. I'm not sure of the time of year, but its never exactly hot up there.

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on May 29, 2012
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Good luck! :) I haven't done a Tough Mudder, but have done 3 Warrior Dashes- they are about 5k long. Might be good to ease in with a Warrior Dash if there's one in your area before Tough Mudder.

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on May 29, 2012
at 01:32 PM

I've done a Tough Mudder and I don't think you need to do a Warrior Dash first. TMs are not races. They are not timed. They are events where the goal is to finish as well as you can, and you get a ton of help from whoever's around. Like you, I was nervous before I began, but once I got started and strangers were helping me over obstacles, I realized I had nothing to worry about.

I was in good shape to begin with - I've been running for a long time, and I do Crossfit - but some of my teammates were not. One has fibromyalgia and yoga is pushing it for her. She took six and a half hours, but she finished the course! She was in pain for a week afterwards, but said it was worth it.

I agree with Kent about one thing, though - the cold. Whoo. I went numb in the Chernobyl Jacuzzi.

There's a great story over in the birthdayshoes.com forums by a guy who did both a TM and a Warrior Dash. He essentially went from couch to Electroshock Therapy. Ignore the part about the FiveFingers - he describes his training and experience well, and you may get some ideas. http://birthdayshoes.com/forum/barefoot-activities/thinking-about-running-a-tough-mudder-thoughts-from-someone-who-just-did/

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on May 29, 2012
at 01:09 PM

I'll second the advice to start with something easier like a Warrior Dash, especially if you're not in great shape currently.

Once you are ready for the Tough Mudder, make sure you know where and when it's going to be. Mine was in Indiana in mid-November. It was freezing. Mandatory obstacles included the ice bath ("Chernobyl Jacuzzi"), "Walk the Plank", and "Creek Crusade". All of which were comprised of really, really, cold water. This isn't counting the obstacles where cold water only comes into play if you fall/miss ("Twinkle Toes", "Funky Monkey", etc).

So if it's going to be cold, make sure you get used to being cold. Really cold. You won't get the opportunity to dry off between obstacles.

If it's not going to be cold out, you should still get used to being cold :)

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on May 29, 2012
at 03:00 PM

This is really good to know! Our TM here in Colorado is up in the mountains, 8k+ elevation. I'm not sure of the time of year, but its never exactly hot up there.

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on May 29, 2012
at 02:51 PM

When you say very out of shape....what does that mean? Like you haven't taking a walk in 3 years? Kind of tough to give you good feedback as I don't know what your starting points.

The TM is not as hard as it seems. It's a fun enjoyable race for the most part. I did mine in Tampa http://feelgoodeating.com/2011/12/tough-mudder-race-and-meat-lime-juice.html

What are your goals? Why TM? Bucket list thing, or motivator to get in shape?

Let me know. Marc

46c9fbd45b82453f6a2dfe614a853314

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on May 29, 2012
at 04:36 PM

By very out of shape...I used to work out 2-3 hours per day, then let my body go to crap when I got pregnant. I had my son October of 2011 and am now trying to get back in shape. I am using the TM as a goal of where I want my fitness level to be next year when it rolls around. I have been walking (at 15-17 min mi) 2-4 miles a day with lots of hills, and trying to fit in a 15 min work out every day with burpees, push ups, sit ups, 5 min of cardio etc. Finding 'alone' time to actually get a decent work out is difficult with an infant, but I work it in any way I can.

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on May 29, 2012
at 10:30 PM

http://www.whistlerisawesome.com/2012/01/24/tough-mudder-coming-to-whistler/ My local one! My parents really want to do it, I thought between them, some gym-teacher cousins, my brother, and myself we could get a team going! My mom thought it was scary at first, but after talking to someone who had done one and emphasis the teamwork part of it, she turned around.

If you have an opportunity, I would try to attend one before you actually compete. Talking to other people and seeing what they have to do will help you get an accurate picture of where you are now and where you need to get to!

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on May 29, 2012
at 02:27 PM

Yep. 4 time TM alumni here and general obstacle/adventure/challenge addict. I started with The Original Mud Run and now do TMs, Spartans, and GORUCK challenges. Big fun! Bring your sense of humor.

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