Obstacle Race Training: How to Beat Any Course, Compete Like a Champion and Change Your Life

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The beauty of obstacle course racing is that it gets you out of your everyday routine and lets you experience life. If you are stuck in a cubicle or trapped in an urban jungle—congested traffic and crowds are your daily obstacles. Running an obstacle course race gives you the chance to get back to nature—to roll in it, get dirty, and tap into your primal self so you can experience life—in the raw, unedited and real.

Margaret Schlachter, creator of Dirt In Your Skirt blog, is one...

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Overview

The beauty of obstacle course racing is that it gets you out of your everyday routine and lets you experience life. If you are stuck in a cubicle or trapped in an urban jungle—congested traffic and crowds are your daily obstacles. Running an obstacle course race gives you the chance to get back to nature—to roll in it, get dirty, and tap into your primal self so you can experience life—in the raw, unedited and real.

Margaret Schlachter, creator of Dirt In Your Skirt blog, is one the foremost competitors in obstacle course racing today. She put together this simple guide to make your obstacle race experience everything it's supposed to be—a test of your true self. She describes first-hand her personal training methods in learning to climb a rope, scale a wall, flip a tire, throw a spear, and carry a sandbag. More importantly, she provides guidance on how to get yourself mentally and spiritually prepared for the big day—and how to dig deep within yourself during a race to find the last ounce of strength to carry you across that finish line.

Every weekend thousands of competitors run obstacle races all over the world. Winning or losing is secondary. More important for them is the ability to meet the physical and mental challenges and achieve personal success by completing the race. Obstacle Race Training is an invaluable resource that enables each and every competitor to experience the maximum level of success that they are capable of.

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"Margaret was with us at our first Spartan Race where very few women competed, she paved the way for 150,000 women to become Spartans—she is the Amelia Earhart of Spartan Obstacle Racing!"—Joe Desena, Founder of Spartan Race

"Margaret's passion and enthusiasm for obstacle racing combine with her knowledge and experience to make her the perfect athlete to write this book. Well-rounded and talented, Margaret has broken ground in a sport that others failed to take seriously. This is the beginning of something exciting. There is no doubt in my mind that someday we will be hailing Margaret as the mother of OCR competitive racing, a first of her kind."—Vanessa Runs, author of Summit Seeker and Blogger at vanessaruns.com

"In Obstacle Race Training, Margaret gives us everything we need to know about OCR, plus the inspiration to get started and keep going. From the practical aspects of training, through finding balance in your life, this book is a must-read for the seasoned and newbie alike." — Mina Samuels, author of Run Like a Girl: How Strong Women Make Happy Lives

"Margaret Schlachter does a terrific job giftwrapping the entire realm of obstacle racing and mud-running in a quick, enjoyable read. This book is perfect for anyone looking to learn about the sport, understand the differences among many seemingly similar yet very different events, and build 100% of the confidence they need to know that their event is the event they were born to run." — Joe DiStefano, Founder, Spartan Coaching

"Obstacle Racing—see it, feel it, live it through the eyes, mind, and soul of one of the sports pioneers" —Born To Run coach Eric Orton, author of The Cool Impossible

"This book may be the "Born to Run" for Mud Runs!" Brett Stewart, author of Ultimate Obstacle Race Training

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"Margaret was with us at our first Spartan Race where very few women competed, she paved the way for 150,000 women to become Spartans—she is the Amelia Earhart of Spartan Obstacle Racing!"—Joe Desena, Founder of Spartan Race

"Margaret's passion and enthusiasm for obstacle racing combine with her knowledge and experience to make her the perfect athlete to write this book. Well-rounded and talented, Margaret has broken ground in a sport that others failed to take seriously. This is the beginning of something exciting. There is no doubt in my mind that someday we will be hailing Margaret as the mother of OCR competitive racing, a first of her kind."—Vanessa Runs; author of Summit Seeker and Blogger at vanessaruns.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804843911
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/15/2014
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 223,486
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Schlachter has been an obstacle course competitor since the birth of the sport in 2010 and is today the dominant female voice in this sport. She is a founding member of the Spartan Race's Chicked Movement, which is a campaign to get women involved in the sport. Schlachter works with the Spartan Race as a consultant, and is currently ranked 5th in the World for women and continues to climb up the rankings. In 2012, she became the first professional female obstacle course racer. She currently devotes all of her time to racing, writing and blogging at "Dirt in Your Skirt" website, helping inspire women to get off the couch and get active each day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2014

    Highly recommended for obstacle course racing enthusiasts from

    Highly recommended for obstacle course racing enthusiasts from beginners to elites. When I participated in my first obstacle course race event, Dirt in your Skirt blog posts provided the proper guidance on what to expect and how to prepare. Because of her blog posts, I knew that her book would be just as good. From her sharing her personal experiences and providing useful tips in layman's terms, this book will appeal to anyone seeking to improve themselves on and off obstacle course race field.

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