5 Tips For Your First Mud Run

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running tips

Aug 14

It’s Friday, woohoo!  Hopefully, you have an awesome weekend ahead!

I’m linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia from You Signed Up For What, and Mar from Mar on the Run for the Friday 5!  This is one of THE best linkups out there for running bloggers!  The theme this week is running tips, so be sure to see what everyone’s sharing by checking one of the hostess’ blogs!  In honor of completing the Warrior Dash, I’m providing tips on surviving your first mud run!

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Have you been wanting to try a mud run but holding back? Learn 5 tips on how to have a successful race!

How to Survive Your First Mud Run

A few days ago, I completed my very first Mud Run, the Warrior Dash – and I survived!  During the event, I learned a lot and want to share with you how to make the most out of this unique way to stay in shape and challenge yourself!  Here are my takeaways after completing my first mud run!

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1 – Don’t Go It Alone!

My awesome team for the Warrior Dash!

My awesome team for the Warrior Dash!

If you want to do your first mud run or obstacle course race, signing up with a team is clutch!  That way you will have a support system of people ready and willing to push you to keep moving forward.

I was fortunate to have five eager teammates join me for my first mud run – see them in the picture above!  And it was great to not only have their moral support, but to also be able to encourage my teammates to keep running or help guide them up or down an obstacle when needed.

I truly believe that these mud runs are all about teamwork.  If you get a bunch of friends to sign up, you’ll have a really great bonding experience as you tackle this new challenge together!  And if your teammates are already experienced mud runners, that’s even better!

2 – Realize What You’ve Gotten Yourself Into

I think the key to having a successful  mud run or obstacle race is being prepared!!  What is the level of competition for the race, if it is competitive at all?  What kind of obstacles will there be?  Do you have to swim?  Will there be support along the way?  You better find out, or you may have some nasty surprises!

While I can say that I was extremely nervous about doing my first mud run, I am a strong believer that knowledge is power!  So I did make sure to go to the event website and get a sneak preview of the obstacles before showing up to the event.  I also knew in advance that the event is cash only, and parking cost $10.  All good things to know!

On the other hand, if you’re really intimidated, knowing too much about the course could inadvertently psyche you out!  If that’s the case, just be sure you know the general logistics!

3 – Pack For Anything and Everything!

This is another aspect of the importance of being prepared.  Since it’s your first run and there is so much on your mind, I highly recommend packing up your gear a day or two before the event!

 Here are my suggestions on what to wear:

  • Old running shoes/trail shoes – but are in decent condition
  • Breathable, synthetic fabric – cotton will just weigh you down!
  • Well-fitted tops and pants/shorts/capris – nothing that will sag or drag!
  • Hair ties/headbands/head scarfs/bandanas
  • Comfortable socks – again, not cotton!
  • Sunglasses (optional)

These are items that you will regret not having packed in your bag!

  • Bottled water/Gatorade
  • Snacks/fuel – my friend carried gels in her knee socks during the Warrior Dash
  • Large towels – for drying off and/or sitting on in your car post-race
  • Garbage Bag – to collect your muddy clothes
  • Hair brush/comb
  • Change of Clothes/Underwear
  • Flip Flops/Sandals – though be careful if the ground is very muddy!

And to be safe, be sure NOT to take these along with you during the race:

  • Eyeglasses – they could break or get lost
  • Cell Phone/Camera – leave it to the professionals!
  • Watch/Fitbit
  • Jewelry
  • New shoes/high-end fitness clothes
  • Anything of value

4 – Take Lots of Pictures

As I mentioned before, you don’t want to take pictures while the event is going on because it could be potentially dangerous, but I highly recommend capturing those special moments before and after the race!

You want to preserve the memories of this crazy thing you did!

Selfies are fun!

Selfies are fun!

5 – Embrace the Messy!


Us after the event, looking good but still muddy!

It sounds cliché, but seriously, just go for it and embrace the mud!  If you’re afraid that you may injure yourself on the course, just be patient and take things slowly.  Even if you do an event solo, there will always people by your side that will cheer you on and provide a helping hand if needed!  You’re not alone!

At the very end of the Warrior Dash, right before the finish line, we had a mud pit that we had to crawl through under barbed wire.  There was a team of women that looked as cute as can be in their matching powder blue tanks, and they were standing at the edge debating whether they’d get in!  Do you want to be that person??  Just go for it – being sure not to dive in head first!  It’s never as bad as you think it will be.  Remember, I got through it and survived, and I’m not crazy about mud one bit!

Hopefully, these tips will help you get through your first mud run.  It is a great opportunity to try something new, challenge yourself, and push your limits!  I was initially horrified of the experience, and now I can’t wait to do it again! So you never know what you’re missing until you try!

Have you ever run a mud run?  What additional tips do you have?  If you haven’t done one yet, would you ever?

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