If these names sound intimdating to you, you’re not alone: that’s the point.
Recently in fitness, a notable trend is the “extreme endurance” race. These races typically involve some element of mud, fire, water, or a combination thereof, and they often take place on desolate, hot, or otherwise challenging terrain. Running is almost always involved, as are biking, hiking, kayaking, and other obstacles and activities depending on the race.
But why should you think about competing in an extreme endurance event?
For some, the added adventure and challenge of such a race is just what you need to get motivated to hop off the couch. Neighborhood 5K? Not so much. 5K while jumping over logs and ending in a big mud puddle? Sign me up! Knowing that the races are, if anything, never boring could be just what you need to find some consistency in your gym routine.
For others, the mere thought of adding obstacles to an already difficult activity – running - might be daunting. For folks like this, the team aspect of the races are the most valuable. Particularly in Muddy Buddy, during which teams of two leapfrog each other biking and running, relying on your teammtae is just as important as making it to the finish line.
Finally, extreme endurance events challenge both the body and mind. There’s no zoning out on the iPod during a mud run; rather, you expend equal amounts of energy propelling your body forward as you do thinking about your next move. The essence of competing in an environment where every decision and every step matters for your eventual outcome can be invigorating – and create a real sense of accomplishment at the finish line.
Your bene-fit trainers are experienced endurance athletes and can help you reach your endurance and timing goals in events like these – and more! Check out our options for race training programs*, and email firstname.lastname@example.org to help navigate your path toward your first “extreme” race challenge!
*the Tough Mudder race even offers a FREE exercise guide to help you get started !