If you’re about to embark on entering your first ever Tough Mudder challenge, it can be extremely daunting! I know I certainly felt a little in the dark about what I could expect on the day! So here are some helpful tips that I learnt as a first timer that I wish I knew before setting off!
1. Wear tight fitting gym clothes
I know what you’re thinking! It’s a fitness event, and there’s going to be a tonne of slim built military machines with abs floating around the course. The temptation to cover up in baggy clothes seems really obvious, but seriously, don’t do it to yourself! As soon as you hit the water and mud, your clothes are going to stick to you anyway. The only difference is now you’ll have to carry the excess water around with you for the entire course. Just bite the bullet and wear tight quick drying clothes! You’ll soon forget about how you look when you’re too busy rolling in the dirt!
2. Wear old shoes
I deliberately took old shoes with me on the course. They weren’t the most comfortable pair of trainers to run in, but the entire idea was that rather than spend the next week trying to remove the stench of dirt, I could just bin them after the course. If you don’t have an old pair of trainers, head to the charity shoes and get a cheap pair. It’s already bad enough that you’ll have to spend the next week scrubbing your toenails so don’t make it any harder than it needs to be!
3. Don’t wear ankle socks
My friend made the horrific mistake of wearing ankle socks during the race. As soon as they got wet, they rolled down to her ankles and she was left with sore sports on the back of her feet. As soon as she lost a shoe in the mud during the mud mile, that sock was gone. She ended up having to run the rest of the race with mud and sticks inside her shoes, and no socks!
4. Wear a bikini instead of underwear!
Bikini’s dry quicker and has the added bonus when you need to shower straight after the run. Most underwear is made from cotton and all its going to do is weigh you down during the run as soon as it gets wet. The showers afterwards are communal and you’ll either have to strip to your underwear or shower fully clothed. A bikini would have made getting clean so much easier!
5. Bring bin bags
I made the mistake of not packing bin bags for all our dirty clothes for after the race. I also, unfortunately, cleaned the car before the car so that my friends wouldn’t judge me. We ended up having to throw all the dirty clothes in the boot in a carrier bag with holes. The car boot still smells
6. Pack Wellies for after the race
After we finished running, we ended up having to push the car out of the muddy grass. This was after we had put all our clean shoes on. It would have made life so much easier if we had wellies to change into instead of trainers after the run!
7. Pinning your running number
This is a bit of an odd one, but when you pin your running number to your shirt, avoid pinning it near your chest. Try to pin it lower down instead. There’s a lot of crawling involved in the course and all that’s going to happen is the safety pins will pop out and stab your nipples. Seriously, I can not stress how painful this is!
8. Pack an energy drink and a snack
If you’re driving to a Tough Mudder event, you should leave a snack and an energy drink in your care for afterwards. You don’t realize at the time because you’re still full of adrenaline, but about 40 minutes after the race, the tiredness is going to hit you on the way back and you’ll be grateful for bringing these along!