FITNESS BEES: How did you get in to marathons/obstacle races/etc.? Warrior Dash

posted 2 years ago in Fitness
Post # 2
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

I did a ‘tough mudder’ which is a 5 k mud run with a bunch of obstacles.  It was super fun!  It looks like the warrior dash is about the same, 3-4 miles so not super crazy distance.  Also, the obstacles tend to get kind of backed up, so they’ll be plenty of moments for you to stop and rest a bit.  I wore old sneakers because your feet get hella muddy and I didn’t want to ruin my actual running shoes.  As for training, I’d do a little bit of strength training if you don’t already… a few of the obstacles required some (but not a ton) of arm strength.  Rings over a mud pool, climbing walls, etc.  Mostly just have fun with it!!  We dressed up in costumes and had a blast.

Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’ve done Warrior Dash twice now and it’s a blast! I started doing it with a group of girls from my gym. My second one I wasn’t in that great of shape but no worries…WD is not very competitive and it’s completely fine to walk, most people do.

It is so much fun, truly a blast but you will get MUDDY and WET. Wear sneakers that you are fine with throwing away. They don’t have to be anything fancy because they will most likely be ruined. Just a good running shoe is fine, make sure they are comfy and make sure they aren’t too loose because sometimes you can get stuck in mud and they will come off lol. Didn’t happen the first time but happened to me the second time. Luckily I was able to retreive it in the mud.

My first year I had been working with a personal trainer and I dance (jazz, hip hop and ballet) so I was in decent shape. This past year I didn’t train much at all. We did it for the fun of it. Both of mine were in Maryland.

It’s seriously such a blast that after the first one we decided to make it an annual thing. Don’t stress too much because you will be fine! Running a mile to three for a bit leading up to it would be helpful but no worries if you aren’t in top shape. 

Any other questions, just let me know 🙂 HAVE FUN!

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 2 months ago by  lunabelle83.
Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I did the Highlander, which is similar, its a 3 mile run with 40 or so obstacles. First I’ll say, I’m possibly the worst runner on the planet. I had to train for like 2 months to be able to slowly jog 2 miles, it’s horrible. The running isn’t the biggest deal with the mudrun, as you will be stopping frequently for obstacles, I did the three miles no problem. The best thing to work on would be upper body strength, as their is a lot of climbing and monkey bars, etc. Wear old sneakers, as you will probably want to throw them away after. I would also recommend a pair of fingerless gloves with some grip for climbing. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Wooo Warrior Dash!  I’ve done that and the Tough Mudder (11-13 miles with obstacles).  I enjoyed them both!  Definitely make sure you are in the same heat/wave as your friends though. When I ran the Warrior Dash my friends and I all ended up in different heats (due to heats filling up before we could all sign up) and that was a mistake.  It was fun, but would have been way better if we were all together.

Warrior Dash is roughly 3 miles (little more, little less depending on location) so it’s not too bad.  PP is right and that there are typically backups at most the obstacles so you’ll have time to catch your breath if you need to.  I didn’t find any of the bostacles very hard, though I did have a friend who had issues getting up a muddy hill, lol.  

I didn’t really train for either race, just occasional running and rock climbing.  It was a very poor decision for the Tough Mudder but not a big deal for the Warrior Dash.  I’d recommend running 2-4 miles a few times a week and do a little strength training since you do have to climb over obstacles.  I would worry more about increasing distance than increasing speed.  Warrior Dash is more about just having fun and finishing than setting PRs.  Plenty of people walk too – so don’t feel pressured that you’ll have to run the entire time.

Good luck!

 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

Obstacles races and mud runs are my favorite kind. They’re so much fun!

The Warrior Dash was my first one, and I think it’s a good place to start. It’s all about having fun, and the obstacles are all awesome. There’s enough of them to break it up so that distance running won’t really be an issue, especially if you’re towards the front of the pack. I would recommend trying to get into one of the earlier waves though if you have the option. That way the course hasn’t been too torn up before you get there.

As for training, if you can run 5k, you’ll be fine. And realistically, even if you can’t, you’ll probably still be just fine. I did the Dirty Dash (which is the same idea) with my FI this summer and he’s only run one other time since I’ve known him. He didn’t train at all, and he had no problems. The obstacles are more fun that super hard, just make sure you can jump high enough to clear the fire jump. It’s not as high as it looks in the pictures, but I wouldn’t want to mess around with that one.

For shoes, everyone else covered it pretty well. Old running shoes that you don’t care if you ruin. And bring a change of clothes. 🙂

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

I enjoy distance running and have done an obstacle race before. Even if you’re not fast, your endurance will get you through it. If you can’t run anymore, you can still walk! The obstacle races are more fun than competition anyway. Keep up the good work!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve done a lot of races, and in the last year I’ve also done 3 5k mud runs.  I’m a pretty good runner, but I have trouble with the strength aspect of the races.  I wouldn’t worry too much about the running since you get a lot of breaks waiting at the obstacles, but maybe focus a little on weight training.  These races are really a total body workout! 

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