Many of you out there have a Warrior Dash, or some other urban obstacle course, coming up in a few weeks. I’ve been getting a few emails wondering how I trained, what to bring, what to leave at home.
How to Train Like a Warrior
You train for the Warrior Dash just by keeping up with your normal Fit Momma fitness routine. If you’ve been working out most days a week, keeping up with your cardio and strength training, you’ll be good to go. You are going to need that endurance and strength throughout the race.
Something I DON’T recommend is going into the race (or any race for that matter) totally sore from a killer workout you did in a last minute attempt to be ready for the race. That would be too painful, I promise you.
What To Wear?
If you are like me, the clothing issue always tops the list. Yea, yea, yea — I always wonder if I can finish the race. But what will I wear when I cross the finish line? THAT is the more profound question.
You have two acceptable avenues here:
1. Being totally cool and coming up with some wacko costume for you and your friends. There were a TON of people who dressed up and it added to the fun and excitement of the day.
2. Wearing some workout clothes that:
a) can wash out very easily and not stain
b) be thrown away and you not shed a tear about it.
I did a little of both. My shorts were easily hosed off and washed up well. But my socks and tank top? They were left in a Warrior Dash trash can before I left the race. They were hopeless and I could not have cared less. So leave your brand new, awesome white tank top that wicks the first droplet of sweat at home. Dig to the bottom of the workout drawer and wear the old, gnarly stuff.
What About The Shoes?
The shoe situation is sticky – literally! I wore an old pair of shoes that I literally left there to donate to children in Africa (no joke). There was no salvaging them — I hope the people in Africa can. I walked to the car barefoot.
What About Running In Wet Shoes?
Pretty early in the race is the river run, so be prepared to be sloshing in your boots pretty much the entire time. Luckily, the race is quick — around 3 miles or so. This was not enough time for me to form any hot spots or blisters.
A friend I did the race with was very concerned about this and went out and bought fisherman, water-proof socks at a sporting goods store. Her feet were as dry as a bone at the end. Again, I did not personally try this method, but it worked well for her.
Whatever you try, be sure you’ve done a practice run before the race to be sure your plan will work for you.
What About Your Stuff?
You will be given a small bag you can fill with your belongings that they will hold for you during the race. We pretty much just checked our cameras and a light jacket. The bag isn’t terribly large.
After the race, you will be hosed off with ice cold water with a fire hose, which will do wonders for you after slogging through the mud. It also, however, leaves you cold and soaked to the bone. Not a great state for you or your car to drive home in.
Bring a fresh, clean pair of clothes, underwear, towel, and flip flops and have it waiting in the car. I cannot express how luxurious it felt to change into dry, clean clothes. We created a make shift dressing room in between our open car doors with our towels for each other while we each changed. Very classy.
Please, please don’t get stressed about this. More than anything, IT IS FUN. It was the least competitive race I’ve ever done (except for that one gal
half my age 10 years younger than me that I made sure to beat I try, but I cannot turn the competitive switch off, I swear).
I can’t wait to do it again when the time is right. Good luck all you lucky Warriors!