Here are some candid tips and advice from an interview with Peter Naituli a member of Tinga Tinga, the winners of Mud Run 2018:
EOA: What was your mental and physical preparation/plan for the Mud Run 2018?
We actually didn’t really prepare for it at all. We are all fairly active and fit people. If I’m not climbing a mountain I’m usually lifting weights or flipping tractor tires at school. We literally pulled the team together and that was it. The only plan was to win knowing two of our members had won it last year.
EOA: What do you believe was your winning strategy
The only tactical part of what we did was getting an early start to avoid the traffic that builds up over time. Other than this, the game plan was move as fast as you can, move together and overtake anyone in the way.
EOA: What was the highlight for you?
The highlight was the feeling at the end knowing we’d soldiered our way through the entire course and won just like we said we would.
EOA:What was the low point for you?
For team Tinga Tinga we can all agree we were a bit disappointed with the reward. The two members that had won the previous year had also had the problem.
EOA: What would you recommend to anyone/ any team wanting to take part and do well?
I’d recommend that anyone wanting to do well on the course needs to focus on cardio-vascular fitness. Getting the heart and lungs used to efficiently getting you through the course. As well as this, body weight exercises like push ups, pull ups and jump squats will make one stronger on the obstacles. If you are running to win; the entire team needs to fit. You are only as fast as your slowest member. For people like me who were much stronger on the obstacles than the long stretches of running; I recommend going slightly easy on the obstacles and saving most of your energy for the long runs in between.
EOA: What did you learn about yourself from the experience?
I can say I surprised myself with how I ran. Before the mud run I hadn’t done any long distance running in years. My training revolved more around weights and sprinting so the overall pace I was running at came as a pleasant surprise. That’s not to say it didn’t take a lot of mental endurance to maintain this pace.
EOA: What did you learn about your team mates from the experience?
I can confidently say I expected my teammates from the start to be very strong on the course. The margin to which they exceeded my expectations is what came as a pleasant surprise. These boys are warriors.
EOA: What would you differently now that you have the experience?
If I was to compete again in the Mud Run, I’d definitely do a few long distance runs in preparation beforehand knowing how much that could boost the performance.
EOA: What’s your next big challenge
My next big challenge will involve a solo climb of a long technical route on Mount Kenya. That’s as much as I’ll disclose.