Fitness, Health, Motivation

Can’t race due to injury? How to still have a good time.

Tomorrow I’ll be heading off to a race called Getting Tough The Race with my team from Munich Elite Warriors. It is a really tough Obstacle Course Race in Germany, and I was looking forward to it since I signed up last December. But I can’t race due to injury. I found out two weeks ago that I broke a rib before NYC Marathon and World’s Toughest Mudder, and I am still suffering from a shoulder overuse injury. While I could probably still run the race because my legs are fine, it would not be a smart move as I risk aggravating my injuries.

Missing a race due to injury is sad, but not the end of the world. Here are 3 reasons how you can still make the best out of your race despite having an injury.

Help your friends

I decided to still travel to the race to help my friends. I will help them out by lending them my gear and cheering them on at the course. And of course when they finish I will wait for them at the finish linne, and help to keep them warm and dry afterwards.

If you can’t run you have to cheer!

Volunteer

When you already made travel plans but can’t race there might still be spots left to volunteer. You might be a bit envious about the people running, but you will experience the race in a completely new way if you volunteer. And depending on the race you might also earn a discount code for a future race.

Connect with people

My favorite thing about the races is the social aspect. Meeting like minded people, getting together with old friends and making new ones are something that you can still do when injured. So go to the expo and don’t miss out on the afterparty. Just don’t wear that finisher shirt.

 

Do you have any tips what to do when you are innjured and how to Speed up recovery? Let me know in the comments below.

Obstacle Course Races, OCR, Race Review

My World’s Toughest Mudder Experience – a final 24 hour dance in the desert

IΒ just came back from the US where I competed at World’s Toughest Mudder, a grueling 24h 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 24hours.

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Obstacle Course Races, Race Review

Spartan Race Oberndorf review

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.

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Getting over a Wall at the Spartan Race Ultra Beast
Obstacle Course Races, OCR, Race Review

Spartan Race Ultra Beast Edinburgh

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 from you are an adventure story.

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.

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