My involvement in Obstacle Racing began in 2011 and has evolved in just about every way - the races I run, the fuel I use, my preferred gear, and my training strategy. Related to the training, despite the occasional Atlas Carry or log drag, the vast majority of obstacles remain about getting yourself up, over, through, or in some manner around a challenge. There is a strong focus on functional movements, flexibility, and adaptability. I have yet to see a bench press on the side of a mountain.
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In November, I ran one of the best races of my life and completed 60 miles with Team VPX at World’s Toughest Mudder. Our team finished more laps than any other team at night and earned the coveted “Black Ops” award. Unfortunately, those 60 miles really did a number on my body and I ran the last 30 miles with a torn meniscus. Since then I have been “benched” from all activity involving my left leg. I spent 1 month on crutches, then the next month hobbling around with a limp. I was not allowed to ride an exercise bike, use an elliptical, run, hike, or even walk more than needed! At some moments I really went crazy as my mind and body suffered from lack of exercise… but I had to find a way to cope and this is what helped me:
Learning the difference.
*Disclaimer - I am not a medical professional nor claim to be. Everything in this article is from my own experience and does not constitute medical advice.
Almost all of us at one time in our life have had an ankle sprain. In fact, according to American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, 25,000 people sprain their ankle each day! Although most ankle sprains are commonly self-diagnosed, if not treated properly, they can lead to repetitive ankle sprains causing further damage and chronic ankle instability.