New to obstacle racing? Here's everything you need to know to tackle your first Mud Run like a pro!
1. Find people to race with
A Mud Run is an experience that needs to be shared! There will be places along the course where you'll need encouragement, advice and maybe a lift over a tricky wall or help with a heavy tire. It's so much more fun to race with a team and bring back shared memories, stories and photos! It can also be cheaper that racing solo, as many events offer a team discount (at the Lord's Gym Mud Run teams of 5 or more get $5 off each).
2. know what you're up against
It's a good idea to take a look at the course map and pictures of the obstacles involved in the race you're about to attempt. It helps to identify the most difficult parts of the race and come up with a strategy for how to defeat the toughest obstacles. Best of all - ask a seasoned racer for advice! You can watch a virtual tour of the Lord's Gym Mud Run coming up on April 23rd below.
3. Get in some training
Most Obstacle Races involve a fair amount of running, though unlike traditional road races there are plenty of stops to break it up. Obstacles such as monkey bars or roman walls require enough upper body strength to lift your own body weight. To help prepare for this, it's a good idea to follow a basic workout plan in the weeks before the event. Whatever your level of fitness, you'll feel better out on the course if you made it to the gym beforehand.
Here's a good article on the best ways to train.
4. choose the right clothing
Ok, let's state the obvious: your clothes are going to get unbelievably wet and muddy, and your shoes will probably bite the dust. Don't wear anything you want to wear again! Costumes are fun but can get very uncomfortable - personalized team shirts might be a better way to go. The best clothes are fairly tight, light-weight and opaque. You'll want to avoid anything heavy or baggy and fabrics that hold a lot of water (like cotton). You don't need specialized gear, though some people like to wear sports gloves or knee pads.
5. forget the time - it's finishing that counts!
Most people enter a mud run hoping to complete the course, not take home the title! There will be racers of all ages and fitness levels, so however long the race takes you, you will be greeted at the finish line like a hero. If you're a beginner, don't worry about getting a fast time, just make sure you take everything at your own pace and have fun. Remember, you can always ask for help, and if an obstacle is too much for you this time around, there's no shame in skipping it. Even if you're accidentally caught on camera!