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So, you think you want to do a mud race??? Part 2

11 Oct

I know, you’re thinking “What took you so long to post part 2?!?!” I’m thinking the same thing!

In the last post, we covered that mud races are for everyone, no matter what shape you are in…however, if you want to compete for a great time and complete all the obstacles or be the next Hobie Call, you would benefit from some kind of varied training (CrossFit, Bootcamp or hire a trainer) and learn to swim.

Building on those points:
3) Bring a change of clothes, a change of shoes, at least 1 towel and a trash bag or other bag you don’t care about to put your clothes in. You should wear clothing that you don’t care too much for because it will be brown, esp. if you wear white in the race. Some people dress in costumes – just be smart about what you wear. You don’t want something loose that will get hung up on an obstacle, something that might cause a freakish accident, shoes that are slippery and don’t allow for climbing walls with mud caked on them or something too hot (in one of the June races, a guy wore leather pants as part of his costume. That didn’t go over so well as he was near heat exhaustion from the pants and hot summer weather). My typical race outfit includes a dark sports bra and black shorts or pants (depending on the heat of the day). You will get wet, so check the weather and dress appropriately.

4) Regarding shoes – tennis shoes will get mud caked on them and feel 10 pounds heavier on each foot. Alternatives to this are water shoes or vibrams if you can run in them (break either of those in slowly to avoid injury). Every race has a shoe donation area near the finish line. I think that is a great thing – they clean the shoes and donate them to people in need. If you don’t plan to use the shoes for future mud races, I would highly encourage you to donate them. If you are going to use them in future races, they can be run through the washer – let air dry. Be sure to hose off the extra mud before putting them in the washer.

5) Race nutrition – everyone knows these races feature free beer upon completion. Beer has actually shown to be a good recovery tool, but don’t overindulge. I’d prefer a banana, some water, maybe a recovery bar if I need more nutrition. Pre-race nutrition should be light – I’ve seen people throwing up on the side of the race course who admitted that they had too much to eat before the race – don’t be that guy! I eat like a triathlete – if my start time is close to when I wake, I do some kind of energy bar or gel if I don’t have time to digest the energy bar. If I have a later start time, I eat a light breakfast (for me, that’s homemade muesli. You also need to hydrate. There’s water stops on the course – usually only 1 stop for a 5k distance. I’m always pretty well hydrated and I still drink quite a bit. I begin to taper my intake as race time approached – both to avoid a stomach full of liquid and to avoid having to pee at an inappropriate time.

I feel a part 3 coming on…stay tuned.