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Bike Chick2011-10-06 21:19:09 +0000 #1
Well DS and DDIL have talked us into doing the Warrior Dash: warriordash.com/ in September. I think we had a moment of weakness!

Has anyone ever run this race and how do you train to prepare for it? I'm a bit worried about climbing over junk autos and the cargo net. Especially since I'm running a HM three weeks later. I can see me breaking an ankle in the net and not being able to run for 2 months!

Any words of advice?
Jen122011-10-06 21:35:37 +0000 #2
I wanted to do this, but couldn't recruit anyone else to do it with me and it didn't seem like a fun race to do solo.

I'm sure you'll be okay. I think if you go slowly and carefully...maybe start at the back of the group because you know there are always the more aggressive "competitor" types up front...you'll do fine. If it was super dangerous it wouldn't be quite so popular.

Have fun!
Jolt2011-10-06 21:49:18 +0000 #3
I'm signed up to do the New England one in a couple of weeks...I'll have to let you know how it goes! I haven't really done any specific training for the obstacles, aside from the fact that I run trails and find random obstacles on those runs .
Bike Chick2011-10-06 22:11:24 +0000 #4
Be sure to let me know how it goes, Jolt. It looks fun and you are right, Jen, it wouldn't be fun to do by yourself. That's the reason my DIL finally twisted my arm enough to get me to do it. There are 6 of us total and you make a good point that if it was really dangerous, it wouldn't be so popular.
OakLeaf2011-10-06 22:46:46 +0000 #5
I blew off the one I was signed up for last weekend because I had a cold I couldn't shake, I relapsed every time I went for a little run, and I just wasn't emotionally invested in the Warrior Dash. (Finally got over it, so it was probably the right decision.)

Trying to decide now whether to sign up for one they're having in the fall, only a little bit farther from me.
GLC19682011-10-06 22:04:00 +0000 #6
I'm signed up for one this fall (6 weeks prior to my first HM!) but I'm not sure if I'll do it or not. I haven't been able to convince a single soul to do it with me, so I can't imagine it'll be much fun alone. I can't even convince my husband to come and watch, for pete's sake!

I think you'll probably be fine as long as you pay attention to what you are doing and you aren't out there for blood.
chosen12011-10-06 22:08:06 +0000 #7
I did the Warrior Dash here in Louisiana a few months ago. It was A LOT of fun, in spite of the ensuing tornado that eventually shut down the afternoon heats of the race. There was a group of 6 of us, it was more of a "fun run 5K" than a race for us and we were all able to complete it under an hour. We're all pretty fit and just did it to have fun not really "compete" per se, I mean really, we were in kilts and all haha.

If your course is anything like ours was, I'd say run it in cleats instead of tennis shoes, we were slipping all over the place. Most of us just had on a pair of old running shoes that we left at the finish line. You'll see people there in different levels of physical fitness but the common theme is having fun. Bring a change of clothes, a towel, trash bag for your muddy/dirty clothes if you plan to keep them, duct tape for your shoes, again, it was muddy and people were losing their shoes in the mud.

The cargo net isn't as "challenging" as it sounds. Also, with the junk cars think Dukes of Hazard and slide across the hood ha ha that seemed to be the best course of action and took the least amount of energy at that point ha ha. I actually think/thought the hardest obstacle was the one that is built by 4 x 4s that you have to climb over, like walking the plank and balancing yourself in wet shoes

I think you'll be fine if you pay attention to the course. Just go out there and have fun!
Bike Chick2011-10-06 23:11:36 +0000 #8
Thanks for the advice. I hadn't even thought about the wet, muddy shoes issue. So you are suggesting I duct tape my shoes to my feet? Did I read that correctly? Any I hadn't thought about bringing a trash bag for my muddy clothes. It sounds fun.

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