The Mud Run Training: 5K Beginner program is designed for the novice runner who wishes to compete in a 5K mud or obstacle course race. This routine is great for training first time competitors, as well as helping return contestants to improve their completion times for a 5K mud run.
Upon beginning this program you should be able to run 1 mile without stopping to walk. If you can not complete 1 mile, then pace yourself accordingly, walking as needed as you complete each endurance training day. The program is broken into three phases that will allow you to progress from running one mile up to six miles, with breaks in your running to complete high-repetition strength building exercises.
Gym Equipment Needed:
By the end of the final phase of the Mud Run Training: 5K Beginner program you will find yourself able to run a full 4 miles without having to stop and walk. This will ensure that you can not only finish at your mud run, but do so in a competitive fashion. During these final weeks of training you should find that you have become quite efficient at completing a high number of reps of resistance exercises and that your heart rate and muscles can more easily recover. This will ensure that you have the ability and strength to stop running in order to overcome obstacles, then jump right back into running the stretches between them.
Welcome to Mud Run Training: 5K Beginner, Week 6!
Complete the following cycle 2 times:
Run 1 mile at an easy pace.
Stop running and immediately complete 20 burpees as quickly as possible.
Without stopping to rest, continue running for another ½ mile at a fast pace.
Run 1 mile.
Run ½ mile at a fast pace.
Run ½ mile cool down
Day 37: Rest
Allowing time for your muscles to recover is just as important to making gains as your workout days are. Make sure you take it easy today and give your body time to rest. Stretch a little today to keep those muscles from stiffening up on you and to relief any soreness. Going for a light walk is also a great way to loosen up without overworking yourself.
Warm up 5-10 minutes, slow jog
Circuit 1: Complete 2 times.
Complete 1 minute of max reps of each exercise. For weighted movements, pick a weight that allows you to reach failure at the end of each minute of work. Rest for 30 seconds between each exercise.
Run 2 miles at an easy pace. Make sure you run slow enough that you do not feel out of breath or need to stop and walk.
Complete the following Abs Circuit 2 times. 60 seconds work, followed by 10 seconds of rest for each movement:
**Demonstration photo shows a regular sit-up. For Wide-Leg Sit-ups your legs should be straight out in front of you on the ground in a "V" rather than bent as in a normal sit-up.
Day 40 and Day 41: Rest
Use these couple of days before your Mud Run to really allow your muscles to fully recover so that you are performing at 100% on Race Day. Eat well to fuel your body for the big day and make sure to get adequate sleep and you will have an awesome day at your Mud Run.
Day 42: Mud Run!
Congratulations on completing your training and Good Luck at your race! You have shown perseverance and determination in completing this difficult program and eating a proper diet. Now you are fully fueled and prepared to compete in your first 5K Mud Run. Have fun and check back in with us to tell us how it went!