Tips from seasoned HellRunners 2
HellRunner is unique in that first timers are not sure what to expect. There are no course maps mainly because the course changes every year, we even like to keep the returners guessing!
So inevitably newcomers have a mixture of feelings that usually include excitement and dread in equal measure.
Last year we asked our seasoned HellRunners, what advice they would give to first-time victims and they gave some great advice here and although we are not sure if it made newcomers more nervous or less, we decided to do it again.
Just keep on going, push yourself when you feel you can without crashing n burning and enjoy it! Oh, and don’t plan too much else for the rest of the weekend
Train on hills not treadmills as I heard one runner had trained on, no selfies, no makeup, be prepared to be battered and bruised but most of all there is a heaven at the end of hell. One of the best courses out there enjoy (thanks, Ian)
(HellRunner: You can take as many selfies as you want, and tag us in! #HellRunner)
Train your mind as much as your body. Your head will tell you to slow down/walk, way before your legs tell you.
When you’re going through hell, keep going!!
When you get to Lucifers lido and are in up to your neck, keep moving and try to keep your body in the water all the way through… otherwise you get used to being out and it kills you just as much going back under!! It’s the best race you’ll enter …enjoy it (Thanks, Jane-Marie)
Work on your calf muscles weeks before. Never jump into any of the mud pits, wade in slowly. Lucifer’s Lido is very very cold – so get through it as fast as you can.
The bog of doom is really good as it’s near the end, so enjoy the experience. Once you have that medal around your neck it is yours forever!! Enjoy
…train on hills, steep as you can find, and you’ll be fine! Loved the water it helped the muscles
Don’t do it hungover my advice
Prepare to smell for a week from the bog of doom.
Bog of doom water will seep out your pores for days.
And tape your laces up! Last for an hour, but helps
This is a tough course, it was hell! However, that feeling after completing it is the best feeling in the world! Good luck
By the time you feel finish, you will probably be frozen, with mud in places it shouldn’t be – Worth it for that medal!
Take a dry pair of underpants for afterwards!
Learn to swim in your running shoes……
Don’t wear layers. Skin dries quicker than clothing.
Train your legs!!!
It never washes out!