Congratulations on joining the first City Challenge obstacle race in Hoboken, it is going to be an amazing experience and I hope you are very excited to take part in it. Since we are little over 4 weeks out, there are some things you should do to prepare yourself for the challenge:
1. Start your training. If you are new to running races you will want to start slowly. Start by going out for an interval run. Run for 2-3 minutes, and walk for a minute. Repeat this cycle for about 20-30 minutes. Also, start to add 2-3 days of weight training into your workout routine to help get you preparedfor your race.
2. Eat to fuel your body. Since you will be spending the next few weeks training for your race you want to learn how to eat to perform the most efficient workouts. You want your diet to consist of whole foods and havea balance of complex carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats.
3. Hydrate. Drinking water and keeping hydrated throughout your training and race day is very important. You want to drink about 8-10 glasses of water a day. One to two hours before your workout, drink 15 to 20 ounces of water. 15 minutes before you begin, drink between 8 and 10 ounces of water and during your workout, drink another 8 ounces every 15 minutes
4. Get some good gear. It is equallyimportant to wear proper training gear,as it is training for the race. Invest in a good pair of sneakers and workout clothes that are breathable and comfortable. You may also want to invest in a heart rate monitor or any of the other gadgets that can track your distance and heart rate.