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Run-A-Muck Challenge: What Is It and How Best to Prepare?

Run-A-Muck Challenge: What Is It and How Best to Prepare?


The Run-A-Muck challenge takes place on March 5th at Clonkerran House, Co.Kildare. Known as being one of Ireland’s most original and popular off-road obstacle course for runners and joggers of all abilities.

The main aim of this challenge is not only to test both your physical and mental abilities. But most importantly it is aimed at you having a fun, enjoyable time. The event involves a cross-country run over a wet and muddy course with man made and natural obstacles. Such as bale jumps, net scrambles, slides, Tarzan swings, tyres, tunnels and much more.

Run-A-Muck: How to Prepare?

Although it is an event aimed at having fun, it is still important to make sure that you are prepared. Make sure you take note of the following tips:

  • Appropriate clothing: First and foremost, ensure that you are wearing appropriate footwear and clothing while doing the challenge. It is recommended to wear long sleeved running tops, running leggings that cover your legs and a pair of runners or boots that have good grip.
  • Rest: Every running event enquires you to be well rested and energised. This event is no different. To make sure that you are ready for the physical exertion that will be placed on your different muscle groups. Most importantly, head to bed early the night before.
  • Warm Up: Before the event begins, make sure to go for a light jog beforehand and do a couple of stretches. This will warm up your muscles and prepare them for the movements needed to overcome the obstacles during the challenge.
  • Eat well: Make sure that you eat a well-balanced meal the night before and that it contains the right amount of nutrients and energy that your body will use up during the course of the Run-A-Muck challenge. Include food groups such as protein, which can be found in lean meat or fish and carbohydrates into your meal. It’s also important to make sure that you stay hydrated before and after the challenge.

Most Importantly

The most important thing to keep in mind during the Run-A-Muck challenge is to enjoy the day and not overexert yourself. If there are any particular obstacles that you are uncomfortable about doing, you can skip over and move on to the next part of the course. At any stage if you do not feel well or feel dizzy, stop and rest.

If you have any questions before the challenge or wish to book an appointment to have your running posture evaluated before the day, contact us here at Ballsbridge Physiotherapy Clinic.


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