Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tough Mudder Review

Today I am reviewing an event that I have done multiple times.  The event is known as a tough mudder and if you haven't done one yet then I strongly recommend participating in one.

What is a tough mudder you may ask?  It is a 10-12 mile obstacle course that involves mud, electricity, and beer.  Trust me when I say that it is a blast.  Mohawks, mullets, and mayhem ensue at these events and the more crazy you act the more you will fit in.  It is a chance to truly let your freak flag fly as costumes are welcomed.

If you would like specific information on TOUGH MUDDER then just click the link and head on over to their website to find out more.  In this post I will give you my opinion on what you need to do to prepare for your first tough mudder.

Training: Be able to run 5-6 miles.  Whoa...hold the phone.  That sounds like a long ways.  It is.  In fact depending on your race that is half the distance you will be going on race day.  It makes sense to be able to run at least half the distance continuously before you try to the day of.  I'm not saying you have to be able to do this, but it will improve your enjoyment level on race day.  Instead of struggling through the course you will be dominating it.

Pushups, Pullups, and Core:  Make sure you are mixing in a healthy dose of pushups, pullups, and core work.  Being able to complete 5 pullups (in a row!), 25 pushups, and the P90x ab ripper workout.  BTW that is not me in the ab ripper video but thanks to whoever posted it.

What should I bring: Common sense.  I've seen a few mudders get hurt because they decided to act foolish during the wrong places on the course.  Remember that it is a time to have fun.  Taking unnecessary risks and getting hurt will limit the amount of fun you and others around you have.

Bring a bag to check.  In that bag you can pack a towel, extra clothes/shoes, and all of your waivers.  PRINT OUT YOUR WAIVERS before hand.  This keeps you moving through the lines the quickest.  Also don't forget your i.d. and to read all pre-race instructions sent by tough mudder.  They know what they are doing and they want to provide a nice seamless event for all involved.

You can wear other gear if you want.  I've seen camel backs, gloves, knee pads, etc... whatever you want. 

I personally wear shorts, compression shorts, socks, and shoes (plus my GOPRO!).  If you don't want to get scraped up I recommend a shirt.  Your knees are going to get tore up because you will be crawling.  If you want to wear some swimming trunks that is fine too.  Basically wear some clothing that will dry quick and that you don't mind throwing away.  You may ruin whatever you have on or you may not.  Best not to take the chance in those brand new $120 pair of trainers you bought.

Bring some friends too, because these adventure courses are always more a blast with the more people you have.  Have fun and good luck.  Hope to see you wearing orange someday.