Wild Within YouHow will you wild?Wild Success

About Wild Within You

Hell Creek on Heels

Hell Creek on Wheels


Triathlons, Duathlons, Swims


Contact Us
Wild Within You Fitness Resources





Hell Creek on Heels Race Results



Check out the Wild Within You Photo Gallery


You’re ready to discover the Wild Within You, and now you need to know how to prepare and stay motivated. The following information is designed to guide you to success!

How fit do I have to be to participate in a fitness adventure?

How do I stay motivated to train for a race?

How do I prepare for a fitness challenge?

Wild Within You Founder and elite endurance athlete, Sara Kay Carrell.How fit do I have to be to participate in a fitness adventure?

Participating in a Wild Within You fitness adventure will require various levels of fitness, depending on what event you wish to participate in. If you’re interested in participating in a 5k, what is your goal? Is it to finish or to finish fast? Simply to finish, you may show up having never run a mile in your life. To finish fast, however, will require a minimum of four weeks of training for 5k events. To be even more prepared, eight weeks of training is recommended.

If you’re new to running, you should gradually ease into running. Start out by jogging 20 or 30 minutes, three times a week. Take a pace that is comfortable. Even doing a walk/jog pattern is great for getting started. Listen to your body. Instinct tells you everything you need to know about your fitness progress.

Be sure to space out your training days throughout the week to give yourself a chance to rest and recover between efforts. Don't worry about how fast you run. Running faster can wait until you are stronger and your body is fitter. Focus on gradually increasing the time you run.

If you come from a road running background, learn to leave your road running calculations at home. You will quickly learn to re-adjust your expectations from the road to the trail.

As distances of events increase, so should your preparedness. If you sign up for a 25k trail run and show up the day of the event with a cold or have not trained properly, you will not enjoy your day. The trails are ruthless and unforgiving.

Ultimately, be prepared to have the utmost fun with your adventure!

How do I stay motivated to train for a race?

  • Tell friends and family what you plan to do. When you tell people your plans, it helps you hold yourself accountable and stay on track for your fitness adventure!
  • Enlist a friend to train with you and see if they will compete with you! When you train with someone else, you hold each other accountable to train and have more fun doing it!
  • Read magazines or books, listen to podcasts or rent movies about fitness.
  • Avoid comparing yourself to others. This fitness adventure is your unique challenge!
  • Be in the moment. For some people, it is easier to take it one mile at a time. Goals and dreams are good to have, but a goal is not always meant to be reached.  Sometimes a goal simply serves as something to aim for and keep sight of those dreams.
  • Be honest with yourself. Know the true state of your fitness. Use that knowledge to pace your self in your training and during your race.
  • Don't cheat yourself by underestimating your talent!
  • Don't ignore symptoms of over training. Take a few days off from training and let those pains have a rest to prevent serious injury.

Wild Within You fitness challenge participant.How do I prepare for a fitness adventure?

The week before:

Eat Plenty of Carbohydrates

You should eat good quality carbs  in the days leading up to your race. Sweet potatoes, whole grain breads, oatmeal, fresh fruit, all the different colors of vegetables, beans, wild rice and lentils are all excellent examples of quality carbohydrates. Don't stuff yourself at dinner the night before. Carbo-loading does not mean that you should eat three plates of pasta for dinner. As many runners like to say, "Too much 'loading' can lead to 'unloading' during the race." Eat normal serving sizes of food that you normally eat.

Avoid Any Unusual Foods

Stick with foods that have worked well for you during your training. Don't try any new foods during the adventure that you have not used before.

Stay Hydrated 

Drink plenty of water throughout the day for the entire week before the adventure. During the adventure, pay attention to your body and what it is telling you about thirst. Many people can easily make it through a 5k with no intake of water. Others need that aid station at the half way point. On longer adventures, by the time you recognize the body's signal for thirst, you are already on the way toward dehydration.  On the other hand, there is a delicate balance between being properly hydrated and overhydrated.  Hyponatremia (overhydration) can happen when the balance of water and electrolytes is disrupted. Training in a variety of weather conditions helps you learn how much water is necessary for your body. Here are two good articles to read to help you learn more about proper hydration during a fitness adventure: http://trailrunnermag.com/health/hydration

Don't Overdo It

Rest and relax as much as you can the five to six days before your adventure. You will show up race day feeling full of energy and ready to reach your goals.

Stay Relaxed

Use visualization techniques while you're relaxing during the day. Envision yourself on the course. Envision yourself having fun during the adventure. Envision how good it will feel to accomplish a personal challenge.  Think positively about all the work you've put into your training.


Wild Within You Founder and elite endurance athlete, Sara Kay Carrell.

Hell Creek on Heels Race Results 2011 Hell Creek on Heels Race Results 2012 Hell Creek on Heels - 2013 Hell Creek on Heels Race Results 2014 Hell Creek on Heels Results 2015