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    Tough Mudder

    So I'm participating in the Tough Mudder in Tampa on Dec 1 and I've been mainly running for training since I want to be able to get through the endurance part of this 12-mile obstacle course. I'm dealing with a lot of muscle soreness everytime I train and I was wondering if anyone had any tips beyond stretching, rubs, and a hot bath. After a run my quads are usually sore for 3-4 days afterwards and I'm hoping as I train further this will subside but the pain does keep me from training until the soreness becomes bearable. Hopefully I can get past this part of my training so I can work on lifting and the polymetrics involved in this race.
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    Originally Posted by Honey86 View Post
    So I'm participating in the Tough Mudder in Tampa on Dec 1 and I've been mainly running for training since I want to be able to get through the endurance part of this 12-mile obstacle course. I'm dealing with a lot of muscle soreness everytime I train and I was wondering if anyone had any tips beyond stretching, rubs, and a hot bath. After a run my quads are usually sore for 3-4 days afterwards and I'm hoping as I train further this will subside but the pain does keep me from training until the soreness becomes bearable. Hopefully I can get past this part of my training so I can work on lifting and the polymetrics involved in this race.
    What is your running schedule? You might be over training your legs. I recommend adding cross train days that focus on upperbody. Definitely include pullups since they have several obstacles where you have to pull your body up and over something.
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    Originally Posted by Honey86 View Post
    So I'm participating in the Tough Mudder in Tampa on Dec 1 and I've been mainly running for training since I want to be able to get through the endurance part of this 12-mile obstacle course. I'm dealing with a lot of muscle soreness everytime I train and I was wondering if anyone had any tips beyond stretching, rubs, and a hot bath. After a run my quads are usually sore for 3-4 days afterwards and I'm hoping as I train further this will subside but the pain does keep me from training until the soreness becomes bearable. Hopefully I can get past this part of my training so I can work on lifting and the polymetrics involved in this race.
    Just want to wish you all the luck in the world...I really want to do tough mudder when I'm in better shape.
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    What above poster said. I take it you're only a few weeks into training, so doing legs resistance followed by cardio that isnt something easier like swiming or cycling is not the best idea. However it will get easier! Resistance training takes a few weeks for the soreness to become something manageable. So the only thing i can recomend is keep at it, it will get easier.

    I did it about a month ago, finished in just under three hours, probably would have finished sooner but one of our team mates rolled an ankle so slowed our pace a bit.

    Good cardio is more important than pretty much anything else. I recomend plyometrics, pilates and anything along those lines and as much as it pains me to say it cross fit is probably pretty good training for it.

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    Originally Posted by Honey86 View Post
    So I'm participating in the Tough Mudder in Tampa on Dec 1 and I've been mainly running for training since I want to be able to get through the endurance part of this 12-mile obstacle course. I'm dealing with a lot of muscle soreness everytime I train and I was wondering if anyone had any tips beyond stretching, rubs, and a hot bath. After a run my quads are usually sore for 3-4 days afterwards and I'm hoping as I train further this will subside but the pain does keep me from training until the soreness becomes bearable. Hopefully I can get past this part of my training so I can work on lifting and the polymetrics involved in this race.
    You should take ice baths instead. I was a track athlete for 9 years and ice baths did WONDERS for my legs after a workout. I know it sounds scary, but trust me they're worth it. Ice baths have saved my legs numerous times after a hard hurdle practice

    http://www.runnersworld.com/article/...2810-0,00.html

    Cryotherapy ("cold therapy") constricts blood vessels and decreases metabolic activity, which reduces swelling and tissue breakdown. Once the skin is no longer in contact with the cold source, the underlying tissues warm up, causing a return of faster blood flow, which helps return the byproducts of cellular breakdown to the lymph system for efficient recycling by the body. "Ice baths don't only suppress inflammation, but help to flush harmful metabolic debris out of your muscles," says David Terry, M.D., an ultrarunner who has finished both the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run and the Wasatch Front 100-Mile Endurance Run 10 consecutive times.
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