A short time ago, we introduced you to the Tough Mudder team we are sponsoring who will be competing in the World’s Toughest Mudder competition later this year. It’s roughly a 10 mile obstacle course they’ll be running as a team in November. Sounds doable right? Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you…they aren’t just running this course once, but as many times as they can in 24 hours.
So, how do you train for an event like that? I imagine there is no exact right way to go about preparing your mind/body for 24 hours of pain and endurance. I will be keeping you posted on how our team is getting on in their training. Recently, two of the four Mudders participated in the Sunburst Marathon in South Bend (the other two were nursing injuries they acquired through their training). Now, I myself do some running. The longest I’ve ever run without stopping is about 9.5 miles. My legs felt like jello by the end of it. You can see why this would be a good event to participate in when training for a 24 hour race; except for the fact that 26.2 miles will be but a fraction of the ground they’ll have to cover is they want to compete with the top teams at the WTM.
Kevin and Jonathan both finished! Kevin ran it in 3:38:36 and Jonathan went 3:57:01. Those are both very respectable times! You’ll respect Jonathan’s time even more when I tell you that he was up puking most of the night before the race and only got about 3 hours of sleep! He isn’t exactly sure if he was sick or he got food poisoning, but he toughed it out to finish his first marathon! That’s the kind of toughness it’s going to take to truly compete at the WTM. In fact, I’d almost go so far as to say that getting sick prior to the marathon provided better training than if he hadn’t.
So, what’s next for team CCWC? They are devising 6 hour endurance workouts to toughen themselves both mentally and physically, and will then progressively lengthen those workouts more and more. Of course, we’ll keep you posted on their progress and with any other news. Stay tuned!