Judson’s Spartan Super Training and Preparation

There is a lot to think about when preparing for a race. So I want to take the time to outline what I personally do to help everyone with their planning. By the way, I’m not too different from the other JACD members – we all follow the same rough outline that I discussed below.

6 Weeks Out

  • Start training hard. We actually started with a Tough Mudder workout plan as our base but heavily modified it to fit our needs.
  • Run outside (and on trails) as much as possible. Running outside is completely different than on a treadmill. And running on a trail is more strenuous than running on the road. Don’t let the rain shy you away – remember, the race happens rain or shine. My favorite time to run is when it’s raining actually. It’s extra motivation to finish and get back inside. Not to mention it keeps me cool.
  • Get wet during training. As mentioned above you’re most likely going to get wet and uncomfortable in the OCR so why not train this way as much as possible. And no, I’m not referring to wet with sweat… I’m referring to jump in a cold creek and get wet, dirty and cold. Then continue with your workout. Get used to having wet shoes. Even if it’s jumping in a pool (more on that later in this post).
  • Learn to love the Burpee. And master it. There are going to be obstacles you won’t be able to complete. And burpees are exhausting especially if you aren’t used to doing them. Incorporate burpees in to your workouts 2-3 times a week. Increase the amount of burpees you do in order to get up to doing 30 burpees or more comfortably (if that’s even possible) at a time. Look at videos on YouTube to get the technique that works best for you.
  • Start researching and ordering gear if you don’t already have everything. Check out my gear.

3 Weeks Out

  • Ensure all your gear fits and fits well. Make sure to suit up in your full race regalia for a dry run. And when I say dry run I mean go get wet with all your gear on and then run. Because you will not be staying dry when you race. I went up to my neighborhood pool, jumped in and then went for a 4 mile run. Make any tweaks necessary to make sure you have the optimal set of clothing and gear.

1 Week Out

  • At about 10 days prior to race day, start to taper your workouts down so you’re not killing yourself each workout. You do NOT want to be sore for a Spartan.
  • Foam roll, stretch – again, you do NOT want to be sore going in to race day.

3 Days Before

  • Start carb loading. It’s not just meant to do 24 hours in advance – you need to start early.
  • DRINK LOTS OF WATER. I can’t stress the importance of this enough. You want you muscles to be plenty hydrated prior to race day. Start early. Flush the system with fluids.

The Day Before

  • Pack you bags. See my blog on packing for race day (and other misc tips).
  • DRINK LOTS OF WATER. I can’t stress the importance of this enough. You want you muscles to be plenty hydrated prior to race day. Start early. Flush the system with fluids.

The Morning Of

  • Protein up. You’ll want the protein to sustain you through the long race.
  • Stay hydrated. Fill up your water bottle or hydration bladder and sip on it. For me personally my stomach hurts on races/runs when I drink too much water too fast prior to or during. But if I sip on the water I stay plenty hydrated but don’t get the stomach pains.
  • Warm up. Get to the venue with plenty of time to spare. I like to be INSIDE the gates with at least an hour before the race starts. This gives me the opportunity to walk/pace around. Do some light jogging and warming up. And then some light stretching. Don’t go overboard here and overdo anything before the race. I give myself plenty of time because I want to warm up slowly and not exert too much energy doing so.
  • Get pumped. Listen to music if you have to. The race is going to be freakin awesome – remind yourself of that. Picture yourself crossing the finish line and remind yourself how freakin fantastic that cold beer is going to be afterwards.
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