Time To Get Dirty

In recent years, adventure runs have grown in popularity. Athletes from every walk of life are taking the challenge. We put together a list of the greatest runs this spring that are sure to challenge the best of you. So grab your crew and take the dare (if you think you got the guts).

BIG NASTY MUD RUN, April 25th, 4.7 MILES OF MUD!

Mud. Lots of mud. 4.7 miles of mud. If you’re competitive, test your strength and endurance against other hard-core racers, Saturday, May 16 at the Big Nasty Mud Run, hosted by ERS and Grainger Nissan of Savannah. Heats include individuals, teams, CrossFit champions. Shear Force of Pooler will return to defend their title, but all will try for victory in this timed obstacle race.

 

THE NINE LINE RUN FOR THE WOUNDED, MAY 16

The second annual New Line Run for the Wounded will once again foster community support by donating 100 percent of the race profits to a wounded veteran. The twilight run begins at 7:00 PM, Saturday May 16, and invites young and old to participate in either a 5k or 10k run.

CHATHAM COUNTY JAILBREAK MUD CHALLENGE, JUNE 13

Expect to be muddy, expect to be sore, and expect to pioneer your childhood scheme of escaping the clutches of the law during the Chatham County Jailbreak Mud Challenge. The event kicks off at 8:00 AM on Saturday, June 13 with the sound of a shotgun, a real shotgun, and continues as participants navigate 40 obstacles during the 4.2 mile push.

JCB MUD RUN, JUNE 20

The name says it all. Teams of runners will endure mud, dirt, water, and more during this Fourth annual obstacle JCB Mud Run, June 20. JCB constructed the obstacles themselves to create a family friendly event built more on camaraderie than competition. Adults and children 8 years of age and older will navigate more than 30 muddy obstacles.

 

Entering a race for the first time or thinking about entering? We have 10 Tips to Survive a Race provided by Brandon Harbaugh, The only Spartan Certified coach in Savannah. He helps others train for the success, strength, and endurance needed to complete the toughest of runs – and the easy ones too. To read all the tips, pick up a copy of our current issue. But here are some of our favorites:

 

Commit, commit, commit.

Find a race that suits your needs and sign up. Don’t wait for anyone else, do it for yourself and stick to it

 

Train hard, rest smart.

Have a workout plan and stick to it. Structure it to be progressive and incorporate both active rest days (days with only light exercise) and total rest days (no exercise at all). Not resting is a good way to become burned out and risk injury. Increase your water intake and decrease refined sugars. Post workout recovery meals should replace lost electrolytes, sodium, and carbohydrates. Your body needs proper fuel to maintain maximum performance.