May 6, 2013

10 Tips for Surviving a Mud Run

By now, you all now that my friend Heather and I conquered the Dirty Girl Mud Run in Virginia Beach a few weeks ago.  Needless to say, we had a blast and I was happy that so many of you shared great ideas and tips before the race.  So I've put together my 10 best tips for not only surviving, but enjoying a mud run!

1. Own the dirt.  Seriously, you signed up for a mud run, don't try to avoid it!  I wouldn't recommend going head first into a mud pit, but you will get dirty, so just own it.

2. Wear compression. We saw lots of ladies in tutus and other "excess" clothes.  When you get wet and/or muddy, your clothes become very, very heavy and you won't want extra clothes.  Plus, tighter clothing will (ok, it might not) help keep mud from in between your clothes and skin.

3. Wear old shoes that you have zero intention of ever wearing again.  Not joking.  Our shoes were dis-gus-ting! We promptly and happily chucked them into the donation pile at the end of the race.

4. Bring trash bags.  I was advised to bring trash bags for stashing wet and muddy clothes but you could also use them to protect car seats or anything else from potentially muddy stuff!  We also brought some grocery bags for other odds and ends that we wanted to separate from our clothes.

5. Bring wet wipes.  The Dirty Girl events have a changing/rinse tent but even still, we couldn't get 100% clean.  Wipes helped clean hands, faces and feet.

6. Leave the electronics at home.  For about a nanosecond I contemplated bringing my phone in a ziploc bag so I could take on-course photos.  Horrendous idea.  Just terrible.  Leave your Garmins, phones and cameras in your dry bag.  I think Heather and I told each other at least 2 or 3 times that we were happy we didn't bring our phones.  There are a zillion things that could go wrong - you drop it in a mud pit, it gets muddy, it gets wet, your fingers are too covered in mud to properly use a touch screen, etc. etc. etc.  Enough said.

7. Bring cheap sunglasses.  We snagged cheap-o sunglasses at Walmart as a somewhat weak attempt to keep mud out of our eyes and off our faces.  Heather was generally more successful than me at not getting mud EVERYWHERE!  I also enjoyed the added more primary benefit of keeping sun out of our eyes since we started at 10:30.

8. Bring towels.  I brought two beach towels in my backpack with the idea that one would be the 'dirty' towel and the other 'clean'...since I was never actually clean, I just used one towel.

9. Wear old shoes.  I wasn't joking.  Just do it and you can thank me later.

10. Have fun!  I cannot remember the last time I laughed so hard during a race.  I would do another one in a heartbeat, know that I know the ropes! ;)

{Christine}

16 comments:

  1. I learned not to wear shorts! My mud run was on a hot day, so I thought I'd be more comfortable. What I didn't forsee was all the crawling tearing up my knees! Great list. I wish I'd had it last summer. Glad you had a good time!

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    1. Yes, capris or pants are clutch for the crawling obstacles!

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  2. Mud Runs are always more fun with friends! Those are great tips. Glad you had fun!

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    1. I would not have had 1/10th the fun had I been by myself...definitely a group activity!

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  3. I always save my super old shoes that I have essentially "retired" for mud runs so that if necessary it isn't a big deal to throw them away or hose them down repeatedly.

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    1. That is a great idea, Sarah! I have enough now that I have a good group of shoes ready to retire for yardwork or mud runs

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  4. I have 2 mud runs coming up and I was trying to figure out what to wear. This helped out a ton!

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    1. Yay, glad this was helpful Cerissa! Feel free to email us if you have any questions :)

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  5. All great tips! I especially needed sunglasses for my last one...forgot those at home! Won't do that again!

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    1. Ha yea those were a last minute addition from our Walmart run. They came in handy until I had mud covering my entire face haha!

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  6. I really want to run a Mud Run and have a pair of shoes waiting for the opportunity...but the mud run in my area has been postponed from May until September!

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    1. Oh bummer! I've noticed they can be a little pricier than some other comparable distance events so I definitely recommend signing up early so you can get a good rate.

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  7. How easily did the mud come out of clothes? I'm ready to donate my shoes at the end, but what about the rest of my ensemble?

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  8. These are great tips! I've never done a mud run, but when i do, I'll be checking back here for a reminder.

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  9. Looks like a lot of fun! I've been thinking about doing a mud run at some point, and you've totally convinced me. Thanks so much for the tips!

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  10. So happy you posted this before my mud run! Thanks for all the great tips. I forwarded it to some of my team mates. I really don't want to get too dirty (which is so stupid) but I'm just going to keep telling myself to own it :)

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