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Your Guide to Ultimate Obstacle Race Training

Be ready for a variety of muddy, crazy-ass races with this guide.

Be ready for a variety of muddy, crazy-ass races with this guide.

Doing any kind of race is fun. (I know—I just did a SUPER fab one and Kristen just rocked hers!) But these days, racing is about more than just road running and tris. There’s trail running and crazy obstacles and color and glow sticks and zombies—and mud. Oh my gosh, there’s so much mud. It seems like every few weeks another cool niche concept for a race comes out that we are super jazzed to try. From super intense and challenging (think Tough Mudder and Spartan Race) to more fun-run (think Color Run and Electric Run), it’s estimated that more than a million of us will sign up for some kind of obstacle race this year.

(We active peeps are so awesomely crazy, huh?)

But while there are tons of 5K, 10K and longer training plans out there, um, how the heck do you train for playing capture the flag with running zombies? You get the book Ultimate Obstacle Race Training, that’s how! With insider tips, details on all the different kinds of races and a full-out training program to get you fit for any craziness race organizers can throw at you (maybe quite literally), it’s the guide to tackling obstacle races and mud runs of all kinds.

While reading about all the different types of races was cool, author Brett Stewart’s insider secrets to jumping flames, scaling a cargo net and running from zombies in the most efficient way possible was just cool. So was knowing that it’s normal to still be finding mud in strange places days later… And his training plan is designed really well—it’s a fabulous mix of endurance, flexibility and function that is good training for, really, any event. And reading about his personal experiences with these races is fun, too.

So if you’re wanting to do any kind of obstacle or extreme race but aren’t sure how the heck to prepare, this be your book! With all of the new events coming out, I imagine this book will need to be updated regularly, but for now, it’s a fantastic guide for anyone interested in pushing themselves to the next extreme limit and living to tell about it!

Have you ever done a mud run or obstacle course race? Tell us all the crazy deets! —Jenn

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