January 14, 2012
Mt. Olympia Resort and Conference Center
1350 Royale Mile Road
If it rains or snows be fair warned this will make the course more EXTREME and less traction.
Shoes are tricky and definitely a personal preference. They absolutely need to fit well. But the best winter running shoes for an event like this are trail running shoes, which are somewhat water-resistant and offer more traction in the snow and ice.
If you have any fear, be prepared to overcome it. The wall and slide obstacles have some height to them. Many participants tend to freeze up at the top but take your time, get a tight hold, and don't look down.
This is a cross training event. Often participants endure upper body fatigue in the second half of the challenge. When training for this it's important to integrate a mix of arms, shoulders, and back the conditioning, in addition to your legs.
When running in the snow the dispersion of weight when your lower body absorbs the landing impact on snow and ice along increases use of the hip abductor muscles. This in addition to the lack of traction considerably increases the use of the hip abductor muscles more than other lower body muscles. It's important to incorporate reps of hanging knees raises, hip abductor machine, etc. into your training. A day after the race, it's the hips that typically experience soreness more than the legs.
Keep moving even if it's at a slow pace. Don't stop unless you have to. Many people who stop lose their rhythm making it harder and longer to finish. It's ok to drop down to a slow walk to catch your breath, but don't come to a complete stop.
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