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Tough Mudder Training
Week 3

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I’m getting lots of questions about the mysterious "Tough Mudder" I have listed on my training schedule so I decided to do a little series about it.

Every weekend I workout with my friend, Derrick, "The Trainer." We do an hour of drills in between short 1/4-1/2 mile runs to simulate the event itself. Honestly, it’s my favorite workout of the week. We are outside using tires, cinder blocks, bags of sand, ropes, kettle bells, etc. and nothing makes me feel stronger or more fit. It’s just so FUN.

I can’t believe I just said that either.

Anyway, this past weekend he had me do about 5 drills in between the runs. These are from memory so bear with me.

  1. Run
  2. Slide a cinder block with a rope through it backwards up a hill then pick it up run down. I think I did that 3 times with a few bear crawls mixed in.
  3. Run
  4. Run up said hill holding 2 15lb kettle bells straight up over my head (one in each hand.) Once I got to the top I did 10 pushups. Run back down. Did that 3 times I think.
  5. Run
  6. Walk on the curb like a tight rope holding 2 weighted bars (I think 6lbs each) up and outwards from my body. When I got to the end I ran back and repeated 3 times.
  7. Run
  8. Run up hill with one end of the rope, once I got to the top I pulled the rest of the rope up while the trainer gave resistance. Once he got to the top I ran the rope back down and did it again. I think we did that twice and then he made me carry the rope down and wrap it in a circle before running. It made me laugh.
  9. Run
  10. Finally this drill we decided to record….

I’m not sure if you heard me in the video but at one point I said my legs feel like rubber bands. This drill KILLED my outer thighs.

So that’s it. Now you all think I’m some kind of crazy insane workout person and I guess I am because this hour was one of my favorite parts of the weekend. When I workout doing these style drills time just flies. It’s nothing like staring at the clock on a treadmill.

I’ll get him to record me doing something next week and I’ll try to recap the best I can again.

If you are in the Baltimore area and want to workout with Derrick his training company is called No Limit Training. I highly recommend him and no, he didn’t pay me to say that. ;)

Oh! and I’m sure he’ll correct me in the comments if I messed something up.

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    March 12, 2012

    AWESOME!! Thank you!

    I am doing the workouts at (once you get over the ‘porn’ shots, the core workouts are the best I’ve come across). When I say ‘doing’ the workouts, I mean trying my hardest and getting my arse handed to me.

    I need to start running. I hate running, but I love to have run.

    Thank you! I’m cheering for you in MN!


    March 12, 2012

    That’s awesome! I’d love to see a video of you flipping a tire! :)

    The Mr’s co-workers do that every year. I don’t know if they differ from one to the next but does yours have where they have you go through lines and a few are live wires? One of his co-workers got knocked on his butt, face down in the mud and someone had to turn his head to the side so he could breathe! LOL I’ll cheer y’all on from the sidelines! (I’m a wimp)


    March 12, 2012

    I hope you can talk a little about nutrition for the week before and day of the event… I tend to get most of my carbs from fruits and veggies (roughly 25-35% of my calories come from carbs) and don’t really know if I’ll want/need something like a sugary gel during the event. I have a 2.5 hour drive the morning of so I plan on eating some eggs (which will be ~3.5-4 hours before start time) and bringing something like a banana and/or a shake to eat a little bit before starting. Have you thought about what you’ll eat yet? I couldn’t find much on your site about your typical diet on and around race days…


    March 12, 2012

    That’s because I don’t really change my diet at all. I rarely eat before a race unless it’s later in the morning (like 10) then I’ll have a banana or granola bar or something. Before the 10k trail run I had a bowl of oatmeal because it was late start time. The only time I ever used one of the gels or even “energy drinks” was during the marathon. I just don’t think about it much. If I’m hungry I’ll eat but if I’m not I’d rather go in on an empty stomach.

    I know, I’m weird.

    That being said, I’ll probably eat something before the mudder. I’ll be at a hotel so I’m thinking a cliff car or something.


    March 13, 2012

    Your training sounds FUN! In one of my workout classes we take a band like that and put it around another person and have to hold them back while they run, then we switch to being the person running. My quads have never burned so much in my life!


    March 13, 2012

    We are doing some park exercises twice a week to train for our mudder event (me + friend) and it is seriously fun to exercise this way. THANK YOU for posting the things that you did.

    We had a trainer come to work and help us build a plan to simulate the events — same thing with some cardio or running bursts in between. It is a killer workout.

    Keep the videos coming! OOOH — And anyone who has done these before — WHAT THE HECK DO YOU WEAR? I’m thinking about capri length (to cover knees) compression running pants for the bottom…but what about the top? Tank top? Are your shoes totally ruined or can you wash them?

    Kelly Eaton

    March 13, 2012

    Sounds & looks like fun!! Keep up the great work Roni!! :-)


    March 13, 2012

    That is great! What do you have tied around your waist? Resistance tubing?


    March 13, 2012

    Roni: Oh yeah, I definitely need to eat. I know from long martial arts trainings that my blood sugar drops after about 1.5-2 hours of activity so I figure if TM takes me 3.5-4.5 hours I’ll probably want to “eat” twice during the event.

    My event is mid-April in Ohio. I am wearing UnderArmour cold gear tights and a longsleeve compression shirt. I definitely want my skin covered to minimize abrasions and even if it is a “warm” day, I think the coldgear will be my best bet in staying warm-ish while wet. I bought new running shoes to train in and run the event in, and I hope to be able to wash them after the event.


    March 13, 2012

    It kind of does look like fun. I am not sure I would try one of those events though. But you never know, you inspired me to run a half marathon so perhaps one day. lol.


    March 13, 2012

    Never done a mud run, but it sounds like a lot of fun, Roni… including the training!
    Nicole: I am with you on the eating front! I have noticed the same thing, myself. I don’t always tune in to my body in the moment, but I will pig out later in the day if I let my blood sugar drop! Did you know it that it takes 3 x as many calories to bring your blood sugar back up if you let it get too low than it does to maintain it to begin with? That’s 3 times as HUNGRY… all the motivation I need to fuel up before, during, and after a big event. I know the purpose is FUN, but still… I don’t want to defeat myself on the calorie burn, either! In other words: you are doing good to plan your food in advance. Make sure to get good protein in after the event, too. ; )


    March 13, 2012

    You rock Roni!! I think I’d get dizzy running from one area to the other like in the video. lol.


    March 13, 2012

    Mindy – he loved those resistant bands! lol There were three attached to a harness around my waist.