A few weekends ago, I ran my first Mud Run with three of my girlfriends and we had a blast. We did the Gladiator Rock N Run, created by Dan “Nitro” from American Gladiators Fame. As a kid, I watched American Gladiators all the time, and so it was great seeing Nitro in person.
Just before we headed out, Nitro gave us a pep talk in which he shared that he suffered a heart attack a few years back and that is one of the reasons why he started this mud run. It is a reminder that we all need to take care of ourselves and each other.
Mud Runs can seem pretty intimidating, but I want you to know that even beginners can have a great mud run, and here are some tips to help you along!
5. Think camaraderie, not competition
While there are individual competitors, I get the feeling that at their heart Mud Runs are for teams. Get a team together! Ours was a team of 4 but the more the merrier. Many of the obstacles that you face almost require a team, but the best part is… all competitors are essentially part of the same team. For example: one of the obstabces we faced was to carry a 25-ft telephone pole. Now, the 4 of us could not do it alone, so we joined up with 4 other teams to carry that wood!
4. Pace yourself and be sure to fuel up
Our mud run was a 5K. Now, I can run a 5K in about 35 minutes, however, we took about 2 hours to complete the course. Facing a 5K obstacle course is a whole lot different from a 5K flat course. Because you may be going at a slower pace, you might be tempted to skip breakfast, but that’s a bad idea! Your body will need fuel to complete this race and, sorry friends, coffee is not enough. I’m an oatmeal girl myself. Slow burning complex carbs with some quick burning carbs (honey) on top.
3. Wear tight clothes and cruddy shoes
Mud is heavy. Mud on your clothes will cause your clothes to pull down off of you. This is the time to wear tight capri pants or shorts. Leave the loose pants at home unless you want to spend a ton of time hiking up your britches. At the end of the course, your shoes will be incredibly muddle Most courses will give you a chance to donate your shoes to a cause rather than haul them home.
2. Have a basic level of fitness
While a mud run is beginner friendly, you should have a basic level of fitness. If your course is 5K, you should be able to at least walk the 5K distance. It would also be good to know safe lifting and climbing techniques. And there is NO SHAME in skipping obstacles. Our course had a 10 burpee penalty if you opted not to at least TRY the obstacle, and there was only one that I refused to even try (climbing into and out of a huge dumpster. No thank you.)
1. Have fun!
Have you ever done a Mud Run? Would you ever? What tips worked for you?
Until Next Time!