The first step is the hardest

Before I go into any of the training I’m doing to prepare for the Tough Mudder race, let me first say that I’m no fitness expert, nor have I consulted with one as of yet. I’m just going by common sense, which usually goes a long way in these types of things.
As I write this, the Tough Mudder race in Bear Valley is about 42 days, 19 hours away (or 43, 19 if you are planning on doing it the second day). That’s really not a whole lot of time to get in shape if you’re starting from scratch. Luckily for me, I’m not. I have been running about four times a week for more than five years (about three miles per run), but I increased my training about a month and a half ago to prepare for my day in the mud.
Instead of just running on flat surfaces, I sought out stairs or steep inclines so I’d be adjusted to running uphill during the event (which has an elevation change of nearly 2,000 feet over the seven miles). Granted, Stockton is not the best place necessarily for steep hills or stairs, but if you look hard enough, you’ll find something that will work.
A great way to get started is interval training, which alternates high bursts of energy with periods of rest. So, if you’re doing stairs or inclines, sprint to the top, then walk back down and rest before you do it again. This type of training has been shown to be more effective in building endurance than extensive running without any rest.
Depending on your fitness level, you may only be able to do a small amount of repetitions to start, but over time you’ll definitely notice a change. It’s a great way to get in shape, even if you don’t think you’re ready for Tough Mudder.

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