im planning ti compete in the 2013 tough guy challange but i was jsut wondering if there was any advice for preperation for this event.for the last 4 months i have been running for about an hour and a half a day i understand i need to up my training now.i was hopping someone could offer any advice at all for this event.im more worryied because of my height and weight and how the cold will effect me also.
with the running its not the fastest pace but i have started cutting it down now and doing less time but a bit faster
Done it three times, and as others have probably told you, its the cold that's the killer. It's not actually all that far, so masses of fitness isn't needed...but...the faster you get round the quicker you're out of the cold. It's one of the very few events where instead of giving the advice 'pace yourself', I'd be more inclinded to say 'run like hell right from the start!' The reason I say this is that once you get to the 'killing fields' you haven't got a lot of running left to do, but will face some serious cold endurance. Last year was quite mild and not so bad, but get a sub-zero year and it's this bit that makes it 'tough'. ( Much harder than all the usual 'mud races' ). Good luck, it's a superb event, by far the best I've ever been involved in, atmosphere is something else.
This event is quite simply.......AWESOME, Done it twice now, The first one we where breaking through the ice to get into the water, Last year wasnt too bad but still a bit "fresh"
As Gareth says try and pull away from the crowds, This will help you keep moving and prevent standing around at obstacles.
My training was pretty varied to be honest, I had a great route planned where I live, The first 4 miles where a combination of roads and off road terrain, then Id hit a river so as mad as it sounds id jump in and lye there for a few minutes, Then get up and run the remainder. This helped me a little when jumping in and out of water on the course!
Just enjoy it, Its a great day and a great atmosphere.
The next BIG one is the 20 miler this year, 200 obstacles!!!!!!!
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