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Want to make running more challenging? Try an obstacle run

Are you in search of variety? Looking for a bigger kick on top of the usual adrenaline rush you get during and after your run? Then obstacle running might be something for you. Overcome physical and mental obstacles and push your limits. Moreover, it is ideal to do together with a group of sporty like-minded people.

If you want to participate in an obstacle run, you have to prepare in various ways. There are three important pillars:

 

1. A good condition. That's where it all starts. It helps you not only when running, but also when you have to plod through a ditch, for example. However, you don't have to train your condition solely through running: swimming, spinning, cycling, ... there are plenty of ways to improve your condition!

2. Sufficient strength. In addition to a decent condition, you need strength in the upper and lower body to overcome obstacles. Climbing up on ropes is a lot easier with a strong core, or remember the importance of having good legs when you're clambering over walls. To develop your strength, you can try training forms such as HIIT training, CrossFit or strength training in a gym.

3. The right technique. If you use proper technique, you will save a lot of energy and strength that you would otherwise waste by tackling an obstacle less efficiently. The energy you don’t have to waste there comes in handy when running.

Once you’ve mastered these three aspects, you are completely ready for your obstacle run. Are you looking forward to it? The Spartacus Run offers a lot of challenging possibilities. It is fun to do this together with friends or colleagues. Overcoming obstacles together strengthens your bond. Enjoy it! 

But before you get started, keep a few things in mind:

Wear clothes that can get wet and dirty: many runners choose short clothes, others prefer that extra layer of protection in the mud and cold. Short or long, what you wear is your choice. But avoid cotton because it doesn’t dry up easy and quickly becomes heavy. Also wear shoes that offer enough grip in the mud.

Protection: normally you do not need extra protection. You can of course use knee or elbow pads or gloves. But keep in mind that this will all get wet and dirty.

Take food and drinks with you: this is especially important when you do a longer obstacle run, because there are often enough drink stations at a short obstacle run. Provide a backpack or pouch with some drinks or energy gels. You should also eat enough before the start, but not too much. For example, a banana half an hour before your obstacle run starts is the perfect power food for a good start.

Good luck!

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