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Blood Clot

Blood Clot Story

I had been having a lot of pain in my right foot for a few weeks and was finally scheduled for an MRI and after than, and I was to go to the orthopedist for results.

The morning I was meant to go, I was hardly able to put weight on my ‘good’ foot (the left). I went to work and was doing okay until about 11AM when the pain got so bad, I thought it best to see if I could move up my appointment or maybe just go to the emergency. I finally managed to get the appointed a bit earlier.

By the time I left work I was in a lot of pain, so I called my mom to meet me with some crutches. I couldn’t even get around and I fell into a puddle of tears at one point just struggling to get to the stupid bathroom. The pain had started gradually and I had no idea what I did.

At the doctor, we pretty much glossed over my MRI results, no fractures and he took some x-rays on the left foot. Nothing broken.

By then, my foot was swelling up all along the outside. The doctor thought I might have an inflamed nerve, and my symptoms seem to dictate that. I kept the on he told me to use my lidocaine patches on the foot for 12 hours on and off, and then come back in ten days.

My foot still really hurt and it was actually swelling more. The only thing that helped was immobilizing it in the boot, but it turns out that was not the best thing to do.

I actually slept in the boot that night and with the lidocain it did help a little bit. By the next day I was slightly mobile on my crutches, but very awkward.

After being in the boot for almost 48 hours (only taking it off to shower), the pain was going down. The foot was still swollen, but the pain was much more bearable. I managed to put a little weight on it and then to get around on one crutch, which was great to finally have a hand free. Later that night, my whole calf was sore, but I put it down to the strain of the crutches and the foot pain.

Day four and I declared myself boot free and was just trying to deal with the pain of the calf, as my foot seemed nearly better. Day five I started icing my calf because the pain was getting worse.

Day six my leg started to turn red. I was concerned. I did what you are not supposed to do and googled my symptoms, and the first 3 articles I read referenced calf pain and Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clot). So, I did a bit more research on the subject, and because I had immobilized my foot for so long, had major pain and redness in my calf, and had the serious risk factor of taking birth control pills, I decided to have it check out again.

I went to an urgent care facility who instantly referred me to the ER as that’s the only place with an ultrasound machine.

At the ER, I underwent and ultrasound and it was confirmed that I did actually have a blood clot in my calf.

I received an injection of Lovenox at the hospital along with an oral dose of Coumadin. Then at home I had to give myself 4 daily injections of Lovenox and take the Coumadin for 30 days.

The Coumadin may be extended and I had to go for weekly blood tests to see the clotting or thinning progress of my blood. Giving yourself a needle is really not my thing. It was hard to do it at first.

Day seven the major part of the pain went away within a few hours and I still had trouble walking. The compression on my leg helped the swelling go down and then by the next day it was much easier to start walking a bit.

I am thankful I looked up my symptoms online, so much better to be safe than sorry. If you think something is seriously wrong, please don’t hesitate to go to the doctor. I caught my clot early, but not everyone is as lucky.

For more information about Deep Vein Thrombosis, ask your family medical practitioner, and be aware of your intake of Vitamin K, like green leafy veggies, eggs and strawberries, plus a lot more.

And a very good piece of information: “Being apparently healthy and being an athlete does not prevent a person from developing blood clots.” – from the NBCA website.

I Will Not Call Myself Slow

Whether you are a seasoned pro or just starting out, running a marathon can be very taxing. Just diving right in is not recommended, even if you are going to just walk the whole way. It’s not important, or it shouldn’t be, important about how fast you can run or if you place in the finish line.

I have been running marathons for a while, several year, when I can and just before starting this big one, I had completed two others in the past month. To be honest, I was feeling rather exhausted before we even got there.

I had signed up for this particular race long before the other two, so when the other ones came along, I thought, what the heck, right? It will be be a good warm up for this big one.

This one had two levels and you could run the 5k or the 10k, I opted for the 5k, and I’m really happy I did. I think I’d still be there now if I had tried to do the 10k.

It was a beautiful day and there were a lot of people there for it, running and supporting. They had waves for starting, which I don’t like and even though I tried to look it up on their website, I couldn’t find it. Had I known, I would have waited until several of them had left before I lines up, and used my time to use the washroom and psych myself up a bit more.

As it was, I started slowly, mostly to let all the other people get out from under my feet. It was quite a big crowd so when I finally found a nice pace, I was content to just keep it there.

I don’t run these marathons for any other reason than to challenge myself. I enjoy going to them and meeting new people but I have no interest in ‘winning’ the race. I feel like I am winning just by being there and competing.

I also don’t ever call myself slow. It is not easy to complete a 5k run, even if it’s you in the morning by yourself, the challenge remains the same. The best part for me is just the actual doing the race. I enjoy the exercise and it gives me a reason to get out and run in the morning or when I can, to prepare for these types of races, but I’m not looking for a prize. My reward is finishing, maybe shaving off a few minutes from my best time and the cameraderie with the other participants.

If you are new to these kinds of runs or are considering them, I would suggest you do it for you. Of course, if the runs are for a charity event, even better, but challenging yourself to run them or walk them, is the best reasons and the best motivation going.

It was nice to see people of all levels at this race, many people in their golden years walking the whole distance and many who were obviously very serious runners. There were actually signs along the way with a picture of a turtle and the words FASTER spelled out three times. No thanks.

This race was well organized and had plenty of water stations for drinking my Zipfizz and security and also emergency personnel. There were far more people than I would normally prefer, but as I had signed up almost a year in advance, I had no real way of knowing that.

Overall, a great day and I didn’t do myself any injuries but pushing myself, I took it all at a nice even pace and did pace it with walking and running. Everyone receive a participation medal, which I thought was great as everyone came out a winner. There was a nice after party with food and activities for the kids, but I was pretty exhausted so I didn’t stick around, but it was a really good day.

Not Over the Hill Virtual 5k

Taking part in a run for a charitable fundraiser is all in good spirit and all good health, as well. This one was for a 40-and-over crowd, hence the name, but it was a lot of fun with a great turn out. There were a lot of people there, like kids, who obviously weren’t over the hill, but there was no actual rule. It was a great fun, family day race.

There were singles, full families, with kids and grandparents and all ages and sizes. There were no specifications for walking or running and there was no first prize, only participation prizes which I really liked, as it took the pressure off and cut back on the competitive nature that can be a part of these types of races.

The terrain was decent, except to begin with, with a narrow opening so only a few people were allowed in the front. The first bit was an uphill climb, which seemed to wind a lot of the participants who may not be used to vigorous running or exercise. By the time it leveled off, we were all panting and sweating, so that got us all warmed up, for sure.

It was a nice easy pace and I took my time, it was actually an old trial that was quite beautiful so I rather enjoyed the scenery as I trotted along. There were many people walking, holding hands, even and they seemed to be just enjoying the day.

The trail is a dirt trail and so there was a lot of dust raised by everyone and so when I saw the water station at the two mile mark, I slowed down for a glass. I felt like I had a coating of dirt in my throat, so it was quite refreshing. There was quite a crowd gathered there and I found myself a bit jostled and found it difficult to get out and get motivated again. Part of me wanted to just sit down in the field with my water + Zipfizz and relax.

I did manage to get back on the track again and got my pace back. It was really great to see all the different people there, it seemed like there was a representation for all walks of life. It seemed there was heavier people there who may still be fulfilling their new year’s resolutions and good for them if they were. There was the olympic level runners and they seemed to be in every age group, for the teens to one woman I saw who was easily in her sixties, so that was fantastic. There is a regular man I see at these events who always does amazing and he is 91! I hope I am still that active. Gives one hope.

I knew the trial before i started and had brought a change of shoes and socks, in case it was going to be wet or muddy, but it was fine. The change of shoes was in my car anyhow, so I would have had to run in the wet ones to the finish, as it was.

Overall, it was a good day. I have done this race a few times now and managed to shave off almost five minutes from my last year’s time, so that made me happy. Happier still, if I think I stopped for water twice and walked a bit when I came out of the first water station.

Of course, the way back to the end was the downhill part of the uphill part we had in the beginning so I managed to pick up my pace there. I was very happy with my results, it was a great day and a good cause, plus a good run and great exercise.

There was an after party, of sorts, where they had a barbecue and for activities for the kids that were there. There was a good deal of money raised and no major incidents, so a really good day and I’m glad I ran.



Tips for Keeping Your Heart Healthy

Cardiovascular disease is the world’s leading cause of death. While the disease is primarily preventable, it is also considered a silent killer, meaning that an individual with cardiovascular disease likely won’t know that he or she has it until they are in the midst of experiencing a heart attack or stroke or receiving a life-altering diagnoses from their doctor.

The Importance of Heart Health

It’s important to note that cardiovascular disease covers a wide umbrella of heart problems, but the most common and the most easily prevented issue is coronary artery disease, in which blockages and buildup occur in the coronary arteries. These blockages can lead to heart attacks and strokes, which is the way that most people find out they have cardiovascular disease. Other types of cardiovascular diseases may be preventable as well, so every person should prioritize his or her heart health regardless of their current health situation.

It’s no secret that our hearts are vital to our survival, but they are also important for our overall health and quality of life. When your heart is functioning properly, you are less likely to experience other health concerns, and you’re more likely to lead a fuller and happier life. Regular cardiac assessments are a great way to know how healthy your heart is, but you can also utilize some heart-healthy tips to give yourself the best shot at avoiding cardiovascular disease.

Tips to Stay Healthy

Prevention is key when it comes to cardiovascular disease, but even if you’ve already experienced a heart attack or stroke, improving your heart health is only going to benefit you. Make sure you’re consuming a healthy diet, including at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. You should also avoid saturated fats and sugary foods and beverages. Knowing your family history of heart-related issues and being as aware as possible of your heart health will help you make the best decisions for yourself and your family. Additionally, knowing the risk factors and symptoms of heart disease will be beneficial so that you can be fully aware of your likelihood of having issues and so you can respond accordingly if you experience any symptoms of cardiovascular disease.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack or Stroke

The most common symptoms of a heart attack or stroke include pain or tightness in the chest and shortness of breath. Some people may experience additional signs of a heart attack or stroke, such as pain across the upper body (back, neck, arms, or jaw), nausea, lightheadedness or dizziness, fatigue, vomiting, and sweating. If you or someone around you experiences any of these symptoms, it’s important to get help immediately. A matter of minutes can save a person’s life.

Republished with Permission from North County Health Services

Reliving Middle School – The FitnessGram Pacer Test

Oh, middle school. As an adult, nothing is quite as excruciating as it was back then. From the braces to the acne, just about everything is unbearable, uncool, exhausting, or worst of all – embarrassing. With the rush of your first crush (and the subsequent heartache) happening in step with your body changing from a child’s to a teen’s, I can’t imagine any adult looking back at their middle school days and saying, “That was great! Sign me up for round two!” In hindsight, it looks as if middle school is a melting pot designed with the specific goal in mind of enhancing tween misery.

Especially gym class.

Do you remember the humiliation of straining to do a single pullup in front of the teacher and all the other students?

How about the flexibility tests, where they grade you on how far past your toes you can stretch your fingers (I know that, for me personally, touching my toes even was a small miracle). Not to mention how mortifyingly unfashionable gym clothes were.

However, there’s nothing that can really compare to the humiliation of running in middle school gym class. While running “the mile” was bad enough, that’s not what I’m thinking of. I’m talking about the one and only Fitnessgram Pacer Test, the one so bad, there are memes about it now. And while it wasn’t so miserable that schools pulled it because of cruelty to children (despite the hefty claims otherwise), it still was no picnic.

As a tween, I know that just doing one lap around the track was rough for me. I wasn’t much of a runner, and was (and still am) a huge bookworm. So much so that, in my senior year, I managed to wriggle out of participating in gym class every day. Instead, I read a book during class time, and somehow still passed with an A – I think I must have been one smooth talker. So it’s no surprise that in middle school, when I had to participate in the Fitnessgram Pacer Test, it was melodramatic torture for me.

To start things off, I grew up in Florida. My school liked to do most things outside – we didn’t even have traditional hallways, but instead “breezeways”, or open halls that took us outside between each class. My gym teacher liked to have the Fitnessgram Pacer Test outside on the track. Walking out there, the heat would already be radiating up, and I’d have to squint under the mid-morning sun.

The field on the way to the track was always soggy – in Florida, it has always just rained – and my shoes would squelch through the mud. They were always already caked by the time we got to the track, and my socks were already feeling damp. Who knows, maybe people somewhere drier like New Mexico had a better time than I did doing this test.

The first bell would ring, and we’d begin. I watched the young hopefuls – those that magically stayed fit forever, later joining track team or crew – start off at a trot, knowing how to pace themselves, barely breaking a sweat, and confident that they’d make it by the first bell. I, along with a handful of the other nerdy stragglers, was already huffing and puffing to keep pace with them.

I could always complete the first 20-meter back-and-forth before the first bell. Most of us could. If you escaped childhood without doing the Fitnessgram Pacer Test, it worked like this: the second bell would come a little sooner than the first bell had come, and we had to cross the same amount of distance in a slightly shorter amount of time. Each round, the bell came sooner and sooner. If you couldn’t complete one 20-meter jog within the bell’s time twice, you were eliminated.

Typically, my lungs were already burning before the third bell. Somehow, I finished it on time.

Then came the fourth, faster bell. I wasn’t a skilled runner before, and by this bell, I almost never made it before the it rang. When that happened, I’d panic – I knew there was only one more chance before being eliminated, and there’s nothing more embarrassing than being the first one out.

I almost never made it.

At that, I would admit defeat and sit on the damp field, my shorts getting dirty, the backs of my thighs and calves imprinted with individual blades of grass. I’d watch the rest of the kids in resigned admiration, aware of my own inability to keep up with these fit, future prom queens and kings.

It’s interesting reflecting back on it as a fit adult. Although FitnessGram advertises their fitness test regimens as “non-competitive,” as a young person it felt like they were anything but. I would compete out of peer pressure – I had to at least come third-to-last, because the kid who was last was laughed at! I used to think that I didn’t have an athletic bone in my body until after college, when I discovered – at my own pace – that I really loved running. I found joy in 5ks, or morning runs with the man who later became my husband. I also learned that I liked things like frisbee, one-on-one basketball, and yoga. I was turned off of sports and fitness for a long time because of these tests. I wonder how many other tweens grew into adults that thought the same thing, and never had the luxury of finding out that fitness can be fun.

I love a good competition – ask my friends during board game night – but these tests really live up to their vilified, meme status. I’m just grateful I can’t go back. Maybe I’ll take a run tomorrow morning – but maybe not. After all, it’s not a competition.

3 Strategies for Dealing with Gym Anxiety

A study published by Washington University in St. Louis recently examined undergraduate students to find relationships between levels of social anxiety and exercise. They concluded that the students’ perceptions of their own abilities to exercise in public directly impacted their ability to stick to a fitness program, and in many cases, individuals with high social anxiety would avoid working out in public, ie, avoiding entering a gym, as much as possible.

However, it’s important to remember that the feeling of gym anxiety isn’t just limited to college students. It’s a universal issue that negatively affects millions of people nationwide who are simply doing their best to lead healthier lives.  It can be hard to shake the feeling that the gym is a place of judgement, but there are coping strategies to help ease your way into the gym and get to a happier, healthier place. Check some out below:

Don’t go it alone

One of the hardest things about overcoming a perception of our own abilities, is the feeling of being alone; feeling like you’re only one who doesn’t know what to do. It’s hard to ask for help, and it’s hard to watch everyone around you seem perfectly confident in what they’re doing. Making sure you have a support system is critical to blocking out those negative thoughts.

As embarrassing as it is, answering questions is what gym staff is there to do, and it will help make sure you don’t end up injuring yourself by using machines incorrectly. Working out in groups or with a friend have been shown to help in sticking to a fitness regime. Having someone to share in the journey promotes accountability, motivation, as well as sharing fitness knowledge.

If you need some support but can’t find friends to go to the gym with, fitness apps like Aaptiv and MyFitnessPal, that provide guidance from real experts, and make it easy to track progress. Often cheaper than taking boutique classes or paying for personal training, digital fitness technologies are changing the landscape of fitness- and more importantly, they’re helping those who would be otherwise too anxious feel more comfortable stepping into the gym.

Take a breath

Meditation and mindfulness are some the fastest growing health trends of the past few years. Taking a few minutes out of each day to practice mindful breathing and focusing attention on separating yourself from the jumbled thoughts and worries of the day have been proven to reduce symptoms of stress and anxiety. And while technology can be considered a contributing factor to stress and social anxiety, there are smartphone apps like The Mindfulness App, Insight Timer, and many others that help the everyday person navigate meditation.

Be patient

Any fitness program takes time to show results. The real key indicator of progress is the steady commitment to get into the gym and make other healthy lifestyle changes. Remember how you felt when you started a fitness routine, and measure that against how you feel after sticking to it for a month or two! Even if you can’t see it, the results are there.

Everyone is at the gym for the same reason- to become a healthier version of themselves. Keep your goal firmly in your mind, and don’t worry about anyone else.

What are some other strategies that have worked for you along your fitness journey?

How to Keep Your Hair Extensions Healthy This Winter

The year winter is coming, and you are thinking how to protect your hair extensions and keep it healthy this season? If you are in need the answer to the question, which we are discussing here, then we must say that you are at the right place. Your beautiful hair can lock your beauty getting the threat from the cold and wind outside in this season, and if you use extensions, then you must know to protect and keep your hair extension healthy this winter.

It does not matter whether you have a short or long hair. It does not matter if you like styling it along or going to a classy hair using a quality hair extension. In the time the weather, better to say winter starts getting worst, you need to start taking immediate precaution and keep your extension healthy with some special care of your hair. Albeit, there are many different simple tricks by which you can easily and quickly improve and strengthen your hair sans much effort. Let us discuss some of the best winter tips that you like to try this season.

Use a Scarf or a Hat to Protect Hair

Do not forget to use a scarf or a hat to protect your hair always, especially this season for which we are talking about. Whether you wish to protect your hair from the adverse effects of cold as well as wet winter weather, we strictly advise you to style it with a hat or a good quality scarf. You should be careful while using a scarf and the type of head accessory you are about to select. The hat or scarf you use should not be tight as well as restrict the circulation of the scalp. One thing you should bear in mind is that you should know that wool or cotton, or other things might cause breakage. You can use a silk scarf that would help you blowout in a perfect condition, so in the time at your way and remove it, you would have the perfect hairdo for sure.

Do not go out with wet hair or just after a bath

You should not go outside with wet hair or just after a bath. You might like to have your air over-styling, but in this winter is not recommended. You can take some time to blow-dry it, or you can do it naturally prior to go outside or your work. In winter, your hair will take much time to get wet and you will feel cold than usual because of wet hair, because the longer the time it takes to dry the worse it may freeze.

Wash your hair properly

There is a perfect way to wash your hair, and you should not fail to do in time every after a bath. As usual, you do in other seasons; you should do in winter in the same way. You must know the reason to do it because the weather outside is colder and it does not mean that you have to switch to hot water to make your new routine. You may apply hot water, but not throughout the winter because it can damage your scalp.

Not to Over-Heat the Hair

Avoid heat treatment on your hair in this season. Oh, you can do once or twice, but not many times. You should know the heat treatment is not good for your hair and makes the hair dry and prone to breaking as well as split ends. If you want to know more about heat treatment, you can discuss your beauty expert about it. He or she may tell you about it and will not advise you to go with it with wet hair. It is, therefore, strongly recommended to dry hair right away.

To sum it up, the women who have curl, relaxed or textured strands should select day-to-day moisture process. It can apply with a serum or light oil that is rich in omega-fatty-acids as well as leave it overnight, which would nourish as well as hydrate the hair. Whether you follow these four simple, yet effective tips, you would surely get your hair thrive in the harsh winter conditions. In addition to these tips, we are suggesting you go for a darker color and try to forgo platinum for a while.

My Experience with Lifetime Fitness

Ah, the holidays. There’s nothing quite like the magic of vibrant presents stacked beneath a tree, cozying up by the fire with a good book, or making snow angels with my kids. Unfortunately, there’s also nothing quite like the temptations that the holiday season brings: hot chocolate, nog, sugar cookies, an endless parade of sweets and treats that, while delicious, leave me sluggish winterlong, unable to fully enjoy the majesty of the season or have the energy I need for some quality family time.

The Life Time Fitness Near Me

Enter Life Time Fitness. I’ve been going here the past few months since I switched over from my local rec center. I had heard about the variety of classes offered, and decided to go in for a trial. While signing up for my free session, I was treated more like a sales number than I had been at any other gym, and almost changed my mind – it felt like I was being pressured to join without having experienced all the gym had to offer. But I warmed up to the experience once I started working out on the main floor.

Equipment & Facilities

It was clean, spacious, and had all the equipment I needed, and then some! And when I saw the pool – complete with water slides and a play area for kids – I was hooked. At the end of my workout, I checked the class list, which was full of names like “Warrior Sculpt” and “Strike”, and that was when I knew for sure. I had to give membership a whirl.

Since joining up, the staff have felt more personable and less pushy. And honestly, how stressed I felt before signing up has been worth it in the long run. My family has gotten so much joy out of the gym since, and the diverse class offerings motivate me like nothing else to get out the door and get my fitness on. And the best part? The opportunities for the whole family.


It’s been wonderful having my little ones take part in fun classes! As a busy mom of two, it’s amazing to know that my children are having a blast while I’m getting a great workout. Having time to myself is important, but my need for some “me time” shouldn’t mean that my children are glued to their screens or stuck in an underwhelming care center. Instead, my kids, who always seem to be bubbling over with extra energy to burn, get to jump in on karate and yoga classes made for their age groups.

If I come at the right time, there are even Spanish classes for my kiddos. I love knowing that my little ones are having enriching experiences at the same time that I am – and my body feels great from all the time that I have to work out. Whether I’m doing reps, taking the TCX class (intense interval-style cardio), or swimming laps, my kids are engaged in something too. It makes the experience less about “me time”, and more about family time.

While my kids are happily occupied, I feel free to do things that nourish my soul, like engaging in a little self-care with hot yoga. The hot yoga classes help me when the cold has set in for the winter, and the deep stretching and heat leave me cleansed, limber, and refreshed. After a long day, it’s just what the doctor ordered. It really loosens up my muscles and gets me the deep stretch I crave.

Spa Services

Nothing can really compare to the spa services, especially while winter rages on outside. Post workout, I love being able to unwind in the dry sauna or the hot tub. My husband and I often make a date of it; after spending some time on the machines or spinning, we unwind in the hot tub and enjoy one another’s company. It’s a really special chance for us to reconnect after a long, busy day.


By the time we’re finished working out, we’re all ravenous. Sometimes, we’ll treat ourselves to dinner at the café. We make it a no-screen zone, and I use it as a chance to hear about what my kids got to do that day at the gym.

The café itself has a variety of healthy options for adults. My favorite post-workout meal is definitely the spicy vegetable salad – cruciferous veggies are filling and great for digestion – paired with their acai berry recovery smoothie. And my kids love to indulge in a shared almond butter smoothie, giving them some much-needed protein after running around all day.

I do wish the kids’ meal options were healthier – there are mostly pizzas and chicken tenders available – so instead I usually buy them a veggie-loaded bowl or salad, and we take the leftovers home. That’s another thing: the waste. Being health conscious and environmentally responsible go hand in hand, and I’m aware of how much plastic gets thrown away at Life Time, since there are no recycling bins on site that I’ve seen. To avoid as much of the trash as we can, my kids, husband, and I just bring our own water bottles, and I carry an extra to-go container in my gym bag in case one of us can’t finish our meal.

All in all, I’m really thrilled with my choice to join Life Time. The amenities and offerings make my whole family happy while still providing me with time to challenge myself physically. My kids look forward to our time at the gym, and I do too. No amount of snow can keep me from staying fit this year – bring it on, winter!

Go Dirty Mud Run Girl

What was better as a kid than playing in the mud. Mud puddles, mud cakes, walking through it with rubber boots or barefoot so it all squished between your toes. Throwing handfuls of it at your friend or brother, or up against the side of the house, it was endless hours of fun. As adults we can revisit that feeling with mud runs. If you don’t know what they are, they are just what they sound like.

Usually organized for a fundraising or charity event, some of them, like Dirty Girl Mud Run are for fun, fraternizing and fitness. The all-women’s mud run may suit a lot of women better than a general mud run open to anyone. There seems to be less competition for these runs and a lot more more fun. It’s a great way to let loose, let off some steam and have a great time with a great workout.

It’s better with a friend, or even better yet, with a team. It makes a great outing and an original idea for any occasion, bridal hen party, birthday party, or even just team building with your co-workers. Jump, climb, run or walk, there are challenging obstacles but with your friend or team mate, you will have the helping hand you need.

Don’t worry about fitness level, take your time, go at your own pace, fun is the key here. There is no ‘winner’. Just enjoy the run for what it is, no one will be judging you. Walk, run, rest, enjoy. Getting dirty while having fun and taking exercise with your friends is time well spent. Plus, you will meet like-minded women and make new friends and maybe get in some networking, as well.

Take clothes that will withstand the terrain and the workout you will be giving them, take clean clothes, towels and maybe a few extra pairs of socks. You will need them. Clean dry shoes, as well. Take them all in a garbage bag so you have something to carry the dirty ones out. The run can be demanding, so keep that in mind if you want so kind of protective clothing. If you are doing this as a group party, many people like to wear themed costumes, but be sure to wear something you will be able to function in, that won’t snag or trip you up, or get ruined and leave you without adequate coverage or protection. And if it’s a long one, you’ll need a pack to keep things dry and some water and energy drink mix to keep you going.

These events are ongoing, so if you are interested, check for a run in your area. It’s a great day out, or for the more adventurous, there are events that go for a weekend or a few days. It’s a perfect way to jump in the mud, get dirty and have fun, all for a good cause, or just for the fun of it. Meet new people, take a chance, get dirty, fall in the mud, laugh, and then get up and do it all again.


6 Tips for Running Your First Mud Run

I ask you, what could be more fun than running in the mud? Precious little from where I’m sitting.  A mud run is an endurance test, usually for fundraising, fun and or fitness. It’s a military type of course to challenge the runners to run, hike, climb, crawl and jump through very often extreme obstacles. If you are considering taking part in one, there are a few things to keep in mind.


Don’t worry that you are not in the best of shape. If you are participating for a good cause, like raising money, trying to impress a new love interest or even just for fun, you can compete and complete at your own pace. You can walk, rest, smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em at your own pace, so if you are joining for a cancer fundraising event or similar, don’t worry about it. However, if you are really out of shape and don’t exercise, you may want to train a bit before the run. It’s a good idea to check with a medical professional if you are not sure. As a rule, these events are all-ages, so if a nine year can kick it, what are you worried about?


The course may be rather rough and demanding, so if this is the type of mud race where there is a theme or costumes used, think about that carefully. You still need proper shoes, running gear and clothes that won’t bind or drag you down. You also will need protection, elbow and knee pads might help but long sleeves or protection against the elements.  Light clothing are best, durable but breathable. You will need good, heavy absorbent socks, good durable shoes and you will also need a backup of all of these things. Extra socks, clean shoes and clean clothes for afterward, if you think you will need to change. Also, towels, washcloths, and something warm to cover up with, if needed. Also, a garbage bag to get them there and then carry the soiled ones out.

Get A Mud Buddy

Chances are this event is for a particular reason, you want someone with you, for encouragement, for help, for support, to pick you up when you fall and yank you out of the mud. You may well need a hand getting over a wall, under a gate or barrier and you will need to laugh at them when they fall in the mud. You will want to laugh at yourself, as well. It’s just better with a mud buddy.

Food and Water

Fuel up before the race, just not too soon before. Think about high energy snack foods to bring along before the race, bananas, nuts, or multigrain bread. You will need to hydrate before the run and during, if it’s not provided along the way. Carrying may be an issue, so be sure to make provisions for that. A good method is to carry dry energy drink mix because it’s light and packed with the nutrients you need to carry on.

Safety First

There will almost always be some type of emergency personnel on hand for these events, but in case of a slight scrape, bruising or other minor injuries, you may want to have a few bandages or gauze with you. You hardly want to call the ambulance over for a ‘boo-boo’ on your knee, so be prepared to cover it yourself until you finish the run. It might be a good idea to keep a small first aid kit in with your dry clothing, just incase you or someone needs minor attention.

Rock It Like A Hurricane

Have fun, be safe, do your best, enjoy yourself, get dirty.