Now that I’ve completed the Tough Mudder, I want to take the opportunity to go over what all of us did to get there. There are a lot of ideas floating about on the world wide web as to how to train for one of these races and I’ve seen a lot of plans. Many of which are overly complicated, too deficient in volume, too abundant in intensity, and mostly complete nonsense. Many of the theories about training for these races fall in line with the philosophy that tired, sore, and possibly injured is the most effective. The truth is, however, it is far more effective when you train in a way that improves your abilities without being chronically tired, sore, or injured and most importantly, is specific to your goal. High-intensity, non-specific conditioning may feel like good exercise, but it is not any way to train for something specific. Training is important, but smart planning and recovery is more important.