For the second Saturday in a row I was up before the sun. Can you guess what I did?? I got D.I.R.T.Y. This is my 7th mud run in less than a year. I love these types of challenges and I've learned a few things along the way! Here are my tips in NO PARTICULAR ORDER!
1. Wear underwear or compression shorts under your running pants/shirts. I know a lot of runners don't like to wear underwear on race day, but trust me, wear them for a mud run. And while you're at it, wear granny panties. You don't want that nasty mud getting all up in your hoo-ha and you don't want your nice panties getting all up in a muddy bunch do ya?
2. Wear clothing that will NOT SOAK UP WATER! It will drag you down, make you heavy, sluggish, and if they get heavy enough guess what can happen? Yup, the weight of the mud can take them right off your body! Another good reason to wear granny panties.
3. Don't wear good shoes. I don't think I need to explain this one.
4. Bring plastic bags. I only need one 13 gallon size bag. And then I bring a few Publix grocery style plastic bags just in case. You'll want the bags to put all your post-race muddy clothing in. I do NOT rinse my clothing out at the race. I just peel it off and throw it in the bag, come home and wash it right away. I've never had an issue with mud stains.
5. Bring 2 towels, a washcloth, and a bar of soap. I set up one towel like a triathlon transition. I lay it out, put out my dry clean clothing, clean shoes, and then strip off my dirty clothing and in my sports bra and undies I wrap up in the other towel and head over to the hose station. And with my soap I am a very popular girl
6. Sometimes it's okay to sit back and observe how others tackle an obstacle before you just leap right in to it. I wish I had listened to this tip today. And I KNEW it, but I got caught up in the excitement of the event!
7. It's OKAY to go around an obstacle. While I'd prefer it if you pushed yourself out of your comfort zone, it's totally okay to NOT do an obstacle. I've gone around 2 obstacles (1 in Warrior Dash and one in Mud Crusade) and I don't regret those decisions at all.
8. NOTHING NEW ON RACE DAY!! This includes COSTUMES!! Yes, costumes are fun and if you decide to wear one, you should "train" at least a small handful of times IN THE COSTUME!! Nothing worse than getting out on the course and realizing that your costume is not working for you.
9. There are a lot of mud/obstacle runs to choose from. Pick one that speaks to you. If you don't like zombies, then DON'T pick a zombie run. Don't want to be electrocuted? Then don't pick Tough Mudder. Want to run through a bubble tunnel and climb through "clean" mud? Then pick Pretty Muddy. Lots of choices. Make an educated decision. Ask questions, do research.
10. RELAX AND HAVE FUN!!
Saturday I did the Dirty Girl mud run. It's a women's only race, and it was a lot of fun. Our group, pre-race!
Left to right: Genna, Mary, Meghann, Jackie, Caroline, Jessica, Me, Nicole, Denise, Margarita, and Raffi
It was a really great time except for the loads of horse and cow sh!t that were all over the course. Seriously ALL OVER THE COURSE. I couldn't relax and enjoy the run because I was so paranoid of stepping in sh!t, or of the people ahead of me stepping in it and then me climbing in the mud behind them, or putting my hands on places where their feet had been, etc. Super gross.
The obstacles were easy and not really challenging at all. Only one threw me for a loop and that was the cargo net. I had a total brain fart when it came to this obstacle and for the life of me I couldn't remember how I had done it at previous races, so rather than follow tip #6, I just went for it. BAD mistake. I decided to crawl across on my hands and knees and I ended up with bruises all down the front of shins. Ouch!!
We had two obstacles that we had to climb up in order to slide down. Climbing it was much harder than it looked, and I was so paranoid of putting my hands in cow sh!t from someone's shoe!
We had walls! Not very large, not very challenging. But fun!
This is the obstacle that grossed me out the most and that I got the muddiest doing! The cargo net belly crawl! I basically planked this obstacle, pulling myself through on my elbows. Thanks to Run DMT and Meals and Miles for these pics!
The dreaded cargo net!! That's me at the top of the pic climbing off!! And staring at you is Meghann from Meals and Miles.
And before I knew it, we were at the finish line!!
We took some time getting pictures taken, etc., and then I remembered that I wore a Polar HRM, so I glanced down to see my calorie burn! I was surprised to see that I had burned over 600 calories!
And then it was time to get clean and have our celebratory adult beverage!
The beer was Michelob Ultra! 2 weeks in a row of having my favorite beer at a post-race party!! SCORE!! Normally I don't get so lucky and have to suffer through a Budweiser, Coors Light, or Miller Lite!
Except for the animal sh!t, this was a great race!! You could hear music throughout the entire course which was a HUGE plus, the lines at the obstacles were minimal, and we just had a great time!! Our start time was supposed to be 8am, but we didn't actually start until closer to 8:15am, and we warmed up to a Zumba routine which was fun and got everyone in the mood to have a good time! I like the early start times because then you don't have a line at the shower
It was a great day and I can't wait to do another mud run with my buddies from the Tampa Bay Bloggers!!
Special thanks to Raffi Darrow from Running Betty for being our official course photographer (Dirty Girl allowed her on the course without having to participate) and to Caroline Calcote for sharing her pictures And a very special thanks to Bondi Band for donating our Dirty Blogger athletic headband. I had never heard of Bondi Band before this and let me tell you, these headbands were AWESOME!! They're made from a wicking fabric and were very lightweight, kept the sweat (and mud) out of my eyes, and in the early AM hours when I was cold, I was able to pull it down over my ears! Loved it!! Check them out!
Have you ever done a mud run?? Which one? Any additional tips to share??