As the Mudderella mud event approaches in two weeks (June 4th GASP!!), we are pondering how to prep for this muddy mania. As this is a non timed event, it’s more about building your confidence and girl bonds but we want to make sure we can hold our own. Are you musing with the idea of becoming a warrior of the muck? Here are a few common fails and fixes for your first (or fifth if you haven’t learned) mud run.
Fail 1: Running like it’s a Race
You are standing at the starting line with a bucket load of other mud challengers, adrenaline pumping. The start is announced. You bolt out and immediately start slippin’ and slidin’ and…you aren’t moving that fast anymore.
Fix 1: Practice the tortoise mentality
With 5 miles of course and challenging obstacles in between, you can put some pep in your step, but know that there’s no need to run your 5K pace. You’re going to need that pep to pep yourself up a wall.
Fail 2: Dress to Impress?
Speaking of walls…what does one wear to scale these obstacles? Tutus and T Rex costumes are encouraged but may not be your style.
Fix 2: Dress for SUCCESS!
Start with shoes you have no emotional connection to and lace them up tight (realllly tight) so they don’t get sucked into the muck. The touch the feel of cotton…is discouraged. Choose tighter, spandex-like clothing (hellooo 80s!) to avoid being water and mud logged.
Fail 3: Couch to Mud K
So you just get up one day and think…”Yeah, I’m gonna do a mud run”. Super cool but…it could be more enjoyable if you prep yourself physically and mentally!
Fix 3: Weights to Mud K
So what to do to get muscular for the mud? Circuit training or HIIT routines are good options. If you aren’t already practicing a fitness regime, Mudderella provides free training ideas and routines on their site! Think planks, mountain climbers, pushups…ahh we are feeling stronger just thinking about it!
Fail 4: Being your own Chauffeur
Mud runs can be exhausting so having a support person is a big mucky plus!
Fix 4: Bring a Cheering Section!
You need to be pampered after all your hard work and endurance. After the only mud run Kate completed, her friend’s parents brought sandwiches, helped carry muddy gear, and drove the 2 champions home (who were snoring in the back of the car). Driving while mud dragged is discouraged!
BECOME A MUD RUNNER!
*Pictures courtesy of Mudderella*