Okay, I’m not a tall dude. But that isn’t the topic of this post – but rather I want to talk about staying motivated and engaged during long periods of dirty, painful, cold, wet, sucky events. Think anything from a Goruck Challenge to something like Goruck Selection or the Death Race.
A couple of years ago I was yet to experience this world of suffering, but have always had eternal optimism. There is ALWAYS a positive side to even the worst situation for me and the secret is finding that and using that to keep yourself optimistic and moving forwards. And there are certain tricks to this too.
Anyway, there are certain things that can add to the misery during endurance events (anything from a few hours to multiple days)
- PROBLEM : Feeling Cold
- Often when cold and wet I see people at events getting in a huddle but still standing still.
This is not a good idea. Muscle tighten up and can start to cramp.
- SOLUTION : Do more PT. Jog on the spot, do some fast paced squats or drop and do push-ups
- PROBLEM : Feeling Dirty
- Nothing can be done to avoid getting dirty at most events but…
- SOLUTION : Carry Wisp toothbrushes, and clean your teeth once in a while. Do NOT underestimate how great this feels especially 10 hours into an event. This is such a savior – everyone should bring at least 2-4 wisp brushes to every challenge.
- PROBLEM : Food Boredom
- Often people have one or two favorite foods. If the event is long enough that you need to eat a LOT then…
- SOLUTION : Bring the biggest variety of food you can in terms of savory vs sweet, texture etc. For Goruck Heavy 001 I brought 4 different flavor Clif bars, 3 different flavor ProBars, an MRE, Clif Crunch bars and 3 different flavors of Justin’s butter packets. For Winter Death Race I did something similar but also brought raw honey, chocolate covered almonds, chocolate covered espresso beans etc. A change of texture is often more motivating than a change of flavor. And don’t forget to Wisp your teeth right after
- PROBLEM : General boredom or suck
- Long ruck movements? Long PT sessions? Tedious time under a log?
- SOLUTION : Force a smile. Tell a joke. Make sure the person to the left and right of you is okay and make them crack a smile. For me being there to try and keep everyone else chipper stops me looking internally at my pain and makes the suck just melt away
- PROBLEM : Tiredness/Sleep Depravation
- SOLUTION : 4 words. Chocolate covered coffee beans. Best. Thing. Ever.
- PROBLEM : Aches, inflammation, joint pain
- SOLUTION : Ibuprofen. I bring prescription strength 800mg pills to every event just in case. Just be sure to drink LOTS of water. Also popping electrolyte capsules every so often can really help with swollen joints or extremities as well
Anything else ail and de-motivate you during a long event? Comment on this post and we can discuss.