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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing; 1 edition (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804843910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804843911
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About 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!

More About the Author

Margaret Schlachter, was born in Saratoga Springs, NY and grew up in the Adirondack Mountains and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Sports have always been a driving factor in her life as an athlete growing up then a coach for over a decade. She was a pioneer in the sport of Obstacle Course Racing/Mud Runs and was the first woman to turn professional in the sport.

Schlachter is now a leading expert in the sport as both an accomplished racer and coach. Her website www.dirtinyourskirt.com is one of the leading resources in the sport and won the 2012 Weblog Awards - Best Sports Weblog. She has been featured in Outside Magazine, Trail Runner Magazine and the Associated Press. She continues to train in the Wasatch Mountains above her home in Salt Lake City. Today she is a contributing editor for Mud & Obstacle Magazine, columnist for FitnessRX for Women Online, writes for a variety of publications and coaches clients helping them achieve their best on and off the course.

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If you can do it in obstacle course racing - Margaret has.
P. Jones
I found plenty of information in this book that will keep me turning pages and bookmarking pages for quite some time.
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Great book and 'guide' to get a deep look into the sport of Obstacle Course Racing.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Heather Gannoe on April 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
Though I've been racing for over four years now, I truly didn't imagine there was enough information regarding obstacle course racing to fill a book. Margaret has covered everything you could possibly want to know about this sport in a very informative, entertaining read. Throughout the book, Margaret uses both personal stories and experiences to connect with the reader on a personal level, while divulging training tips and obstacle conquering techniques used by elites. But my favorite part of the book: hundreds upon hundreds of color pictures! It is not only a great read, but eye catching and really fun to look at! I would recommend this book for both beginners looking to tackle their first obstacle course race, and long time racing enthusiasts alike!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Christian Griffith on May 1, 2014
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As a founder at Obstacle Racing Media, I see a lot of OCR content.

It is rare that we get to learn from someone who has been there since the early days. It's rare that in this industry of "look at me," someone is actually dedicating themselves to growing the sport and helping to guide its participants (and potential participants), while also helping to raise the bar regarding athletic integrity in the sport.

Margaret Schlachter is the real deal, and I believe the book reflects her nature to make the sport accessible to anyone. I love the fact that the training movements she promotes require very little equipment. I love that she includes a lot of pictures showcasing excellent training form. I love that she encourages everyone to try, and even better, helps them to understand what it takes.

Why four stars instead of five? Five stars implies perfection, and I do not believe we have yet to see the best from Margaret. Maybe her second book get that last star out of me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Heather M Cammarata on April 15, 2014
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This is an absolute must buy if you are thinking about training for or running an obstacle course race. This book is for your weekend warrior to your elite racer. The book is full of awesome information and tips. It walks you through on how to choose the right race for you, starting and creating a balanced training plan, and diet along with mental preparation. It shows you how to master the most challenging obstacles in the most efficient way. The book lists pre-race essentials along with must haves on race day and post race advise and recover information. Margaret did a fantastic job laying out all of this information.It is one complete source for all to use in order to complete your first or better yourself in your next obstacle course race!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Jones on April 15, 2014
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Margaret has raced since the beginning, and learned all the lessons already. She's been on podiums and she's been injured. She's trained amazing individuals and worked closely with leaders of our sport.

If you can do it in obstacle course racing - Margaret has.

She's also a fantastic story teller and writer. From her early days of documenting her workouts and path to the podium on dirtinyourskirt.com, to this - the first *real* book about obstacle course racing.

It's a fantastic read too. People who have picked this up because it has a chick leaping over fire on the cover, and maybe they've heard of this Spartan Race or Tough Mudder thing will get a ton from it - tips and tricks that many of us have learned the hard way (no cotton!). People planning on stepping up to the Death Race or Survival Run or World Toughest Mudder will find a wealth of information also here, from a great communicator who has already done them.

Engaging, entertaining and educational - this little thing we do in the mud on weekends has grown up from that first event in Vermont with a few hundred people, and it's nice to have a resource like this around for the many thousands of people who will also fall in love with this sport in the future.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By brettestewart on April 15, 2014
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Through her award-winning blog, Dirt in Your Skirt, Margaret has built a wide and varied group of passionate followers all over the world who have learned about adventure sports through her articles, reviews, and first-person accounts from events all over the world. In Obstacle Race Training, Margaret opens up the world of Obstacle Racing (OCR) - a sport where she has had tremendous impact and continues to influence - to the entire athletic world. Margaret grabs the baton from earlier publications in this area and breaks new ground.
With behind-the-scenes insight only a pioneer in the sport can provide along with real-world training methods to prepare you for your first or fastest OCR, this book is a must-have for any outdoor athlete from the daily trail runner to the hardcore extreme adventurist.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Melanie Blenis on April 15, 2014
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Enjoyed the book immensely. It provides a definitive guide for preparing for racing with obstacles. I wish I had read the book prior to my first races! Well written, personal, and informative. The book provides insight into how to be successful on the course. Certainly, other books will follow this first on OCR, but this one sets a high standard. Very easy to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Johnson on April 23, 2014
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Great resource for anyone, from beginners to elite racers, interested in obstacle course events & races e.g. Rugged Maniac, Spartan Race, and Tough Mudder, to name a few. I know it will be at my fingertips and revisited throughout the year.

What I found to be the most useful from the book:
*Photos to accompany the "how to" for several common obstacles e.g. rope and wall climbs.
*The 4 week "Jump Start training Program" that can be done without a gym membership or expensive equipment and can be done outside using natural elements.
*"How To Get Through Your First Race". Even though I did my first race 2 years ago, I know I will revisit this section before each race for some great reminders.
*Great tips on tackling many of the obstacles. Even if you think you know how to master them, you are sure to have a few "oh, that's a great idea!" moments.

Favorite parts of the book:
"Stories From The Course" featuring real-life stories and advice from seasoned racers which provides some different perspectives and makes you feel more connected to others who run these races at different fitness levels.

What I like about the author:
She shares her own personal experiences which are relevant to each section and stays on topic. Although she is a seasoned athlete in this sport, she keeps it simple and easy to follow for those who are either new and possibly intimidated by their first obstacle course race or if they are pushing themselves to to a new, and tougher, level.
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