Thursday, September 6, 2012

Preparing for a MUD RUN

I will be participating in a MUD RUN this weekend and I'm SO excited!!!

Find their facebook page 
to participate!

Whats a mud run?
It's like a 5 or 10k but instead of a running coarse of pavement your running through mud, pools of water, forced to go over or under obstacles including wall climbs barbed wire bear crawls, mud pits, fire pits, log jams and more.
So you run, get beat up, get dirty...really dirty and wet and basically come close to death! FUN right!!! =D
Beyond being able to run the distance and more here are a few other tips and tricks you might need too know when training for a mud run:

*Have a test run. Put on your event day clothes and go down to the river or lake and run through the water. Get wet then go run through the woods and get dirty. Feel how heavy your clothes will be, how your outfit and shoes feel. Prepare yourself for the extra weight of the clothes, water and mud.
*Wear tight fitted clothing, larger/baggier clothes will fall down, chaff or add more weight.
*Double knot your shoes. Some people tape them but you need to be very careful you don't tape over too much traction on the sole of your shoe and that its also not TOO tight on your foot. Wear older, care less about shoes.
*Don't wear goggles, sunglasses, glasses or even contacts unless you HAVE to. Contact lenses can be painful when mud gets in your eyes.
*If you have long hair, usually women, french braid your hair and make sure its tight to your head!
*On the obstacles if  you need to crawl do the bear crawl instead of being on your hands and knees. You will scrape your knees on possible small rocks.
*Mud along the edges of the mud pit not the middle. The middle can get very deep. Also be prepared for unexpected divots and holes. Proceed with caution!
*Loose fitting cotton should be avoided! Especially sweat pants! Also avoid thick socks or knee highs. All this can add alot of extra weight. Not to mention possibly chaff you! YIKES!
*Try to avoid cotton socks. Cotton + Water = Blisters!!
*Think about running in boots instead of running shoes, if you can. Boots support your feet and ankle more and are less liking to come off in the mud pit. LOL.
*Bring extra clothes, a towel for the showers and a waterproof bag, trash bag or washable bag to hold your dirty/muddy clothes and shoes.
*Take photos before and after for fun memories later!

Wish us LUCK!!!!

Can't wait to get down n' dirty~
Bree and J
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