6 Tips for Running a Mud Run
|February 11, 2013||Posted by Carrie under FitFluential, mud run, Running, shoes|
I had a great time on Saturday at my first mud run. If you’d like to read a recap of the race, go check out Melissa’s blog. Instead of recapping my morning, which isn’t much different from Melissa’s, I wanted to share with you my 6 tips for running a mud run.
Run with friends or make some new ones. I had a great time with Melissa and Corrina. I also chatted with a woman on the course that was running alone. It’s a fun event, be willing to step out of your comfort zone.
Run for a reason – the three of us put our thoughts towards the memory of Sherry Arnold. We had her picture on our backs and her memories in our hearts. A group of moms running for another mom. Go Dirty Girl also raises money for The National Breast Cancer Foundation and offers free registrations for cancer survivors. We saw groups of people supporting their friends in their cancer fights. It was inspiring.
Wear your old shoes. Races typically have a place to donate your shoes when you’ve finished. I was told my Sauconys were going to be cleaned up and donated to a local shelter.
Bring a change of clothes and a towel. Don’t leave your towel in the car like I did. It’s not very helpful there. Bring a trash bag to carry your dirty gear home. Best idea ever!
Be prepared for some running. Go Dirty Girl is a 5K as are most mud runs. We had 11 obstacles. And still ran over 3 miles. Your shoes will have mud in them (don’t bother duct taping them, none of us think that works), you will feel like you’re running with weights on your feet. Your feet will be getting exfoliated from the mud, think of it as a foot massage. 3+ miles is still 3+ miles – be prepared for it.
Cheer everyone on! Smile for the camera! Have fun! Don’t be afraid of that first mud puddle. Our event was the morning after a large rainstorm and there was mud everywhere. It was rather funny watching everyone avoid the mud at the start. Just get dirty!!!
I had a great time meeting Melissa & Corrina and thank you to the people of Dirty Girl Mud run for giving us the chance to have some good, clean fun.
Can anyone add anything to my list?