Going into the mud run I only had two expectations: have fun and get muddy! Those expectations were met, and I learned a couple other things along the way.
Race day always begins with a PB and nanner sandwich. Today I added an extra oomph...
No matter the distance, 5k or marathon, I always bring a banana and eat it at the race site about 30-45 minutes before running. Funny story about that...
Duct tape is key at a mud run. Not only do you look hardcore, it really keeps your sneaks on your feet while your trudging through the mud.
Thankfully the race organizers realized not everyone would be in on this little secret, so they had a Duct Tape Station, complete with volunteers to duct tape our shoes for us!
Look tough in a few pictures. This is a mud run after all.
If you see them using a hose to wet down the course, realize they will be using that hose to wet you down as well.
Remember to take a mud free picture!
Wear shorts or running tights, that are super tight. I wore old, flared yoga capris because I didn't want to ruin my newer running tights. Can you tell in the picture below that they're down to my ankles instead of just below the knee? Mud + water = heavy clothes, so...
less is best and tight is right!
While your waiting in line for someone to take your bib timer, don't even look at the clock. It's a mud run, not race (at least this was my mentality). I had way more fun taking my time and laughing about the obstacles with friends, than trying to push my way through the the other runners.
Be proud of your accomplishment! A mud run is so different from straight up running. Climbing through never ending mud pits, crawling through tunnels, scaling a slippery hill with a rope, and getting blasted with a hose engages way more muscles than a normal run!