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How to Prepare Yourself for a Mudrun

By Mud Runs (518 words)
Posted in Mud Run Tips on October 16, 2012

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Mud runs are a unique type of race that is popular in many areas of the country.right_attire_for_mud_run Similar too many other running races in some ways, but also very different, a mud run is something that is unlike any other experience. As such, it is important to be readily prepared for your mud run, you do not want to just wing it, or you will find yourself, well, stuck in the mud. There are a few areas to consider when mud running and what follows is a great set of tips that will help you to prepare for your next mud run.

Mud runs are fun, unique athletic events that tax the mind and body. Mud is slippery, with little to no traction, one can sink into wet mud, and there are bugs and other creepy crawlies who make their home in this soft, unforgiving substance. This is why it is important to have the right clothing and mindset before one sets off on their first mud run.

Wear the Right Attire

You will need sneakers and clothes that you can move around in, that will not weigh you down with mud. It is recommended that you wear old sneakers and clothes, as they will likely be ruined by the end of the event. Nylon clothing is recommended as it does not get weighed down by the mud as much as other fibers. Knee length shorts are also recommended as pants can get too heavy, but knee length shorts can protect your knees. Some wear gloves to protect their hands from getting caked in mud. Some find them to be an impediment, but others like them. Fingerless gloves seem to be the preferred type of glove for a mud race. 

Light socks that will not soak up a lot of moisture, like wool, are highly recommended. Whether or not it is sunny, you should be sure to put on sunscreen and take along an old pair of sunglasses if you have them. It is also important to bring along towels and wipes, and of course, a clean change of clothes for when the race is over and other festivities begin. And do not forget to bring water along as a means of getting that caked on mud off you.

With proper attire and the right attitude, a mud run is a fun and unique event. It requires one to be physically fit and active, along with a lot of determination and gumption. Make sure that you are readily prepared in mind, body and equipment before you head out for the race. This will help to ensure that you are well prepared and are better able to have a great time enjoying this non-traditional event.

Comments (1)

Craig Alsup posted on: October 23, 2012

Great post on preparing for a mud run! Have you thought of a post more specifically discussing the mindset of the mud run? I just tend to think that way, having a MS in Psychology and being a mud runner as well as a mud run company CEO.

Craig Alsup
The Gladiator, LLC

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