7 Things to Expect from Your First Obstacle Race

obstacle-course-run-3If you have recently signed up to tackle your first obstacle race, you may be wondering what you can expect. You are probably very excited to get through the race, but you also may not know what stands before you.

Luckily there are many people who have gone through these races and have passed down their knowledge.

Here are some of the main things that you can expect from your first obstacle course.

Your First Obstacle Race: You Will Get Muddy!

No matter what type of obstacle race you do, you are going to get dirty. There is almost always mud involved and many races have water features where you will have to get in natural water ways including rivers, streams and ponds.

In addition to that, you will be pushing your physical limits and will undoubtedly be sweating which makes it easy for dust and dirt to settle.

You Will See What You Are Made Of

Each obstacle race, no matter if it is beginner-friendly or not, will push you to let it all out…and by let it all out, we mean every ounce of energy, speed, stamina and determination you have.

These races will test your limits and force you to reach deep inside, finding the primal beast that lurks within.

Your Mental Strength Will Also Be Tested

Another aspect of obstacle races that you will encounter as a beginner is the fact that there will be obstacles that may frighten you, may cause you pain or may mentally affect you.

These races are not only about the physical and your mental strength will be tested right along with the strength of your body.

You Will Have Fun

Most of the beginner races are just as much about fun as they are the challenge of the race.

A large number of them encourage the drinking of alcohol, like beer, following the race while others encourage wearing costumes and acting ridiculous while doing it.

You Will Feel a Sense of Camaraderie

Even though the other participants of the race are your competitors, because of how grueling these races are, you can likely expect to feel some sort of camaraderie with others who are participating.

You are all going through something very tough and that connection will likely be felt, especially if this is your first race.

You Will Want to Quit

No matter how good you think you are, your first obstacle race will chew you up and spit you out. Even beginner friendly courses like Warrior Dash have a 10% fail rate. Other courses, like the Spartan Beast race have a 50% fail rate.

No matter what race you do, odds are that you will want to quit at some point. You will have to choose if you want to push on, or drop out.

You Will Want to Do Another One

For most people who participate in these type of races, once they get obstacle course racing in their blood, it is hard to shake. Even if the race was the hardest thing you may have physically and mentally done, odds are you will want to get back out there and try it all again.