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[VIDEO] Are you worried about your next race?

Categories: Exercise, Goals

A few weeks a go I put a video out on Facebook. Did you get a chance to watch it?

In it I was talking about the worry of not being able to complete a race and that you might slow your friends down.

Does this sounds familiar? Sometimes worrying that you aren't strong enough to pull yourself over the obstacles, or that you aren't a great runner and you'll end up walking loads of the course and seeing other people overtake you as you make your way round.  Some of my clients biggest fears are they will have to stop or get taken off the course and they don't feel good enough.

By biggest comment for you will be don't worry, the obstacle world is a super friendly one and everybody on the course from fellow runners to the marshals will support ad help you get round.

I'm sure you want to have really good upper body strength and lift your own body weight on exercises, and be confident at running especially over the bigger distances. Even to have know exactly what to do with your training and look like the professional when you walk into the gym with your training plan and know exactly what to do.

I'm sure some of you even desire to master the technical obstacles, and cross the finish line with a personal best and a massive smile on your face.

I know thats going to be me and a client this weekend when we've taken on the Tough Mudder course. You'll hear all about it in next weeks blog.

So my top tips for you to take forward are:

> Slowly build up your running, so you increase the speed and distance you run. If the race you are planning of running is 10k + make sure you are training up to that distance otherwise you will be very sore and achy after the race.

>make sure you are training your upper body and core, these will play a crucial roll in getting you over the obstacles as you pull yourself over, or carry objects.

>Work on your grip strength, there is no point in building your upper body strength up if you then cant hold on the the obstacle, whether that be a log carry, rope climb or the monkey bars.

>Check out the technique you need for the obstacles, its not always about brute force to master them. You can save yourself loads of energy if you learn the right way of doing things. You can then use this extra energy during the later stages of the race.

If you want to learn more and see how my clients put all of this into practise drop me a message and we can have a chat about how we can get you fitter and stronger for your next race.

Thanks

Gemma 'will cross the finish line with a smile' Spackman