When I look at my goals journal for 2017, the first entry is World’s Toughest Mudder. And in the section of what I need to do it says: Train like a crazy person. Although this pretty much sums it up, I thought it might still be a good idea to get into the details of my World’s toughest Mudder Training plan this year to hit 50 miles and what lessons I learned.
I just came back from the US where I competed at World’s Toughest Mudder, a grueling 24 h Obstacle Course Race in the desert outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. I wanted to run this race for a while now, and it was my big challenge for 2017. It was definitely one of the best, but also hardest experiences of my life, and I am beyond happy that I reached my personal goal of 50 miles as well as finishing the full 24 hours. (here you can check out my training plan and gear list) But let me take you through the full weekend in chronological order. Beware: it is a loooooong post. So if you want to just read about the race scroll down to that section.
Beginning of September I took part in the Spartan Race Oberndorf in Tirol. It was my third time doing this race, and I have to say that it is by far my favorite Spartan Race in Europe. The course is really tough and the mountain views are absolutely jawdropping. In case you like Spartan Races I highly recommend this one in Oberndorf. You can find more information here.
In July I ran the Spartan Ultra Beast in Nine Mile Burn in the south of Edinburgh. It was my second Ultra Beast after the Ultra Beast Hawaii I did last year with my friends. I was running on my own, although I knew some people that were also racing and stayed at the same hotel. As expected we had lovely Scottish summer weather, which means cold temperatures, heavy rain, wind and fog. Perfect conditions to test my wetsuit gear, and it turned out to be the right decision to wear it. It was the perfect event to test my gear for World’s Toughest Mudder 2017.
What is Europe’s Toughest Mudder? If you are into running and you have not lived behind the moon the past years I am sure you have heard about Obstacle Course Racing and mud runs. One of the biggest players in that market is Tough Mudder. It is not called a race – it’s called a challenge because the classic concept is a 10 mile mud run, which is not timed. In 2011 they started a different timed race format, the 24 hours World’s Toughest Mudder. It is a 5 mile course where people try to complete as many laps as possible.
So I was quite delighted to hear TMHQ (that is Tough Mudder Head Quarters) announce a new race format that bridges the gap between a normal Tough Mudder and the 24 hours WTM. The name of the new race is Toughest Mudder and it is an 8 hour overnight lapped 5 mile course and basically a shorter version of WTM. For 2017 five events were on schedule in the US and Canada, and one in the UK, also known as Europe’s Toughest Mudder.