Choosing The Right Distance And How To Know If You’re Prepared?

Are you trying a 5k, maybe a 10k race? What about a Tough Mudder Full or even a Spartan Beast? Picking the right distance for your first race can make for an amazing experience or a long day in the sun.

Lucky for you our training experience is designed to get you ready and allow you to pick the race that excites you the most. 5ks are fun they don’t take a entire day and usually have an easier choice of obstacles. The longer the race harder the challenge you face, increased number of obstacles and more terrain to navigate. When making a decision to choose your first race ask yourself what kind of challenge you are up for. For me I enjoy races from 5 to 13 miles, it becomes a mental as well as physical challenge. The reward is an experience that you’ll never forget (well and a cool medal, head band, or t-shirt). When picking a race series check out their website and review the challenges. Pick out what distance you feel comfortable taking on. Racing is a rewarding experience you are sure to never forget.

I want you to challenge yourself and if you are going through this entire training experience there is no reason you can’t crush a 10k race! If you are still unsure don’t hesitate to reach out and ask me! I have your survey you filled out and I am here to coach you through this so click the reach out button below and ask away!

Why Shoes are so Important for OCR

So you are going to run a race?! If this is your first race, you are in for tons of fun!

You know what isn’t fun? Losing a shoe in the mud, slipping and falling face first, or not being able to run up that obstacles. It might seem like the logical idea, “I’m running, my running shoes should work great.” This is a mistake people often make, myself included. You will get wet, you will get muddy, and normal shoes just aren’t going to cut it. They slip and slide in the mud and will make tackling slippery walls and muddy hills nearly impossible.

Believe it or not, they make shoes for events like this. You typically can’t find them at your local sports store. Most importantly, these shoes are designed with grip on the bottom for running in slick, muddy conditions that your everyday pavement pounding shoes just don’t have. There are a few brands popular amongst racers. They all have similar features, breathable water shedding uppers and sticky rubber bottoms with thick lugs designed to shred through mud, providing grip even when wet.

Here are a few thoughts when choosing the shoe right for you on race day.

  1. Width of your toes verses the width of your toe box. You will want your toes to be able to splay out naturally during your run.
  2. During a shorter race you might prefer a lighter shoe. The lighter shoe provides more breathability and water shedding capabilities.
  3. During a longer race you might want extra protection for the feet. Miles of feeling every bump, or a narrow toe box can cause some serious discomfort. A heavier, more cushioned shoe will be a better option

My personal favorites are Icebug Zeals. This particular shoe offers firm, midfoot protection, very sticky rb9x rubber, with lug patterns designed to shed mud and water. Other popular brands include Inov8, Reebok, Salomon, and Merrell.

 

All of us have different feet whether they are narrow, wide, flat footed etc. No one shoe fits all so make sure you order these sooner than later, so that you can try them on. If you don’t like the fit this gives you time to return them and order others. I recommend ordering from amazon or backcountry.com. They both offer free returns so I would order a few to try on and return your least favorite.

 

You can receive a great deal if you call and shop with our partner “Environeers” located here in Sarasota Fl. They can ship nationwide. They also help you find stores local to you if you need to go and try them on!

Call them at (941) 371-6208 and speak to Stan, Sheila, or Brian.

What To Bring Race Day Do’s And Dont’s

You know what to wear. You have Your snacks planned and extra nutrition laid out. Where do you store it? What else do you bring? Getting everything laid out before a race and packed is always a safe bet.

 

Traveling to a Race

Race day is upon you, it’s time. There are a few things to keep in mind on when traveling to an event. Forgetting things at the hotel or half a mile away in the car when you approach the venue can be a serious hassle. If you are grabbing a hotel the night before here are some helpful hints.

Don’t forget your ID! Make sure you have cash for parking and bag check! Have a good dinner plan the night before, on the road you have to eat out and making a smart choice with food you know is a safe bet. Bring clothes that give you options based on weather. Have your breakfast planned out ahead of time so you aren’t scrambling the morning of. It’s never a bad idea to have long pants or shorts to choose from as well as choices for tops. Make sure your bag is packed, double check the night before. Towels, bags, a change of clothes, and some hydration and pre race fuel. Loading up everything in the car and filling up the tank the night before will help make the morning less stressful.

Arrive at the event early, signing waivers, getting your bib, and checking in your gear takes a while. Plus you will want time to calm your nerves, eat any last snacks and continue to hydrate. Cut your time down by coming to the race pre dressed in your race gear, and don’t worry about changing before the race. Most races suggest a hour early, try to be earlier than that. Coming from someone who has shown up to a race checked his bag and is putting his bib on in the starting corral moments before they say go. Trust me you do NOT want to be that guy. Be early and be ready, it’ll be so much less stressful and make the event so much more enjoyable.

 

Post Race Recommendations

Change of clothes for post race is recommended because you will be dirty. Packing everything in a backpack makes holding gear easy, plus races offer a bag check often for a fee, but they’ll keep your bag safe while you run.

Venues offer a rinsing station for after the race to wash off a bit. Bring soap if you like, shower of the muddy clothes you are in. Bring a garbage bag to throw your wet clothes in and a towel to dry off plus another to sit on in your car. They have changing tents to change after rinsing. Flip flops are a great way to allow your feet to dry and store in your backpack easily. Bring snacks, some hydration, and enjoy being prepared for a hassle free race day.

Lastly if you’re of age enjoy a beer and celebrate all the hard work you have put in!

Obstacles To Expect No Matter The Series

No matter what race series you picked out for your first race or your first couple there a handful of obstacles that you cannot avoid. There are obstacles and skills that no matter the distance or challenge you will face. Being prepared to master these will make for a fun experience and success on the course.

Obstacle course races are made to test your athletic abilities. A typical race consist of 15 to 40 obstacles.

  1. You will crawl through tubes, tunnels, or under barbed wire.
  2. Jump and climb your way over walls and cargo nets.
  3. Traverse grip heavy obstacles using upper body strength to navigate different grip holds to make your way across without making contact with the ground.
  4. Carrying heavy objects varying from buckets, sandbags, or logs, is a staple in most races.

Each race has their own unique set of obstacles that will challenge your abilities. Even though each series has their own unique challenge, having the skills we build over the next 16 weeks from our training experience to accomplish these obstacles will be invaluable in conquering the course.

 

This is why we incorporate:

  1. Bear Crawls
  2. Box Jumps and Pull Ups
  3. Dead Hangs and Specific Grip Strength movements
  4. Farmer Carries and much more to make sure you’re successful come race day!

 

If you’re wondering what some of the obstacles are we mentioned above. Look at the pictures below to get an idea!