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10 Tips to Tackle Your First Mud Run

1.  Have Fun!

This is not an Olympic trial run. Keep in mind that fun is the 1st priority.

2.  Fun runs draw a different crowd.

There are still some serious competitors at these races but overall a fun run brings in runners of all ages, shapes, sizes and athletic abilities.  This type of race draws people who want to share a unique and memorable experience together.

3.  Try to avoid wearing cotton.

It stretches and weighs you down after a while.  Typical running gear attire works best.  I was also grateful that we wore shorts instead of pants for our run.

4.  Bring a garbage bag, towel, a change of clothes, underwear and flip flops.

Trust me your feet will feel better once your slimy socks are off.  You will feel so much better when you get out of your dirty clothes and your car upholstery will thank you for it.

5. Make sure you eat something and drink water before your run.

You will need energy and fluids in your system.

6.  Bribe a non-runner to take pictures and hold your stuff.

You might need to throw in a meal with a beverage or two.  The pictures and video from this type of event really help you relive your day.  It’s also nice to see familiar faces in the crowd.  It’s great to have someone nearby with your towel and gear without the wait of retrieving it from check in.  You want those muddy “after” pictures.

7.  It’s ok to walk when you need to.

The running community is very supportive and not judgmental.  The bravery is just showing up.  You will not be the only one who walks.  Be in it to finish!  You don’t have to win it!  No one is thinking that this will be your fastest race ever.

8.  Run on the edges of the super swampy mud pits.

Some people even duct tape their laces so that their shoes are even more secure.  We almost lost a team member’s shoe in the swamp pit.  You do not want that to happen.

9.  During the belly crawl mud challenge keep your mouth shut and keep a good amount of space between yourself and the foot in front of you.

You will eat less dirt and encounter less kicks to the face.

10.  Celebrate

Take it all in and enjoy the journey.  Years from now you will have stories to share with your grandkids.  Fun runs are all about sharing an experience together.

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