I’ve always said that middle distance is the domain of fat loss.
Longer runs (10k, half marathon and marathon) tend to reward being skinny fat. I’d say the same thing abou tlonger triathlons and longer mud runs.
What we’re looking at for fat loss:
1.) Running: 5k’s, 2 mile races, or 1 mile races
2.) Mud Runs: Spartan Sprint, Warrior Dash, other 3-5 mile distance Mud Runs
3.) Triathlons: Sprint Distance Triathlons
Leaner hotter sexier runners run shorter and faster. And their goal is to get faster and faster. To become more athletic.
Skinny-fat runners/endurance athletes attempt to survive long events. And their goal is to just barely survive, for farther and farther distances.
Work on running faster, becoming a better runner athlete. Not a sadder and sadder distance survivor.
This isn’t a commentary on where you start. Look, everyone’s very first 5k isn’t going to be amazing. The trick is, after that first 5k, attempt to run a faster 5k. Not to run a 10k.
And the same goes for your first mud run. Get your first mud run in. Then work on getting faster and stronger at similarly distanced mud runs. Become an athlete at that distance.
It’s crazy right? I mean, people who play basketball develop the fitness to be competetive during a basketball game. From there, they work on their skills. They don’t go from playing one basketball game to playing two games back to back. They want to do better during the race.
So with your mud runs – get faster at running 3-5 miles. Get stronger at going over walls. Get stronger in your bear crawls. Get more efficient at burpees. Get stronger in heavy carries. Move up in the pack.