10 Ways To Prepare For Your First Mud Run

10 Ways To Prepare For Your First Mud Run

You're going to get muddy and you're going to like it.

After completing my first Mud Run a few months ago, I've put together some tips and tricks on how to prepare for one. Mud Runs are an awesome way to get active, have fun, and enjoy time with friends. Its a super great race that usually includes obstacles and other tasks to get you to the finish--whether that may be swimming (yes, swimming!) through a pool of mud, army crawling under tarp, or climbing over a six foot wall. So here are 10 mud-tastic ways to prepare for your next Mud Run!

1. Wear old running shoes.

I can't tell you how important this is--because the shoe you start with will not be the same shoe you finish with. Make sure that you are okay if you're running shoes end up just needing to be thrown in the trash.

2. Have a bag of spare clothes (EVERYTHING!).

Down to the underwear, bring a whole set of extra clothes for the car ride home. You'll need it. Socks, shoes, shirt, sports bra, you name it, bring it.

3. Have two towels per person.

At least! You'll need one to dry off after the usual hose-down or slippin' slide into a pool, and you'll want a couple more towels for the seats of car.

4. Be prepared to be soaking wet.

You might not have the opportunity to get the mud sprayed off in your race--but you still will be soaked and caked in mud. Know that you're clothes will be uncomfortable after the race and you'll want to know how to dry off.

5. Give yourself extra time to get through the course.

These courses are more for fun than for racing--especially with the obstacles. Sometimes lines form and you'll have to wait, and the start of the race is more of a suggestion time than the actual time. You can definitely race your friends, but remember to cherish it all as well.

6. Know the course beforehand.

There might be something you weren't expecting or something you just don't think you can do. Thats okay, but it's nice to see the course beforehand so you know what you are up against. Test your limits and challenge yourself.

7. Don't jump feet first (you will lose a shoe).

The mud pits will eat your shoes and you will never see them again (another reason not to wear nice, new running shoes!). You can lose your shoes one the first jump in, so try to be aware of how much power you are putting into each step, chances are you'll be pulling yourself out more than pushing yourself forward.

8. Cut down on the running outfits.

Don't wear a lot of clothing. The less, the better! I would make sure to wear clothing that will keep you as clean as possible in the personal areas, but also not too much to drag you down in the mud.

9. Get lots of pictures!

That's the whole reason of doing this race right?! You need a good picture for Instagram and what better way to do that than have mud splattered all over your face with you and your friends.

10. Be prepared for a long, hot shower with lots of scrubbing.

When you get home (which you will want to), you need to know that you're going to need a power washer to get all that mud off your body. You'll probably be finding chunks of mud in your fingernails or behind your ears for a few days before it finally all seems to have washed off.

Have fun and get muddy!!

Cover Image Credit: Maldon Mud Race

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Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

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3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

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6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

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The NEW New York Jets Will Change Sports Culture And How Other Fans View The Team

I do think as a collective group, us Jets fans finally believe it is our time, our opportunity to finally win something.


December 30th, 4:00 p.m. eastern time, another year has just completed for the New York Jets. A year in which finished quite similar to all the rest, a lot of losing and a blowout loss in week 17 to the future Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

However, there was one difference with the end of the 2018 season, and that was Sam Darnold, the Quarterback.

As a Jets fan, for the last eight-plus years, there has been little to no hope after the season ended because they did not have that franchise changing QB every team covets. But this year, this offseason everything seems different, and everything is different.

Entering the 2019 NFL offseason, the New York Jets boasted the second most cap space in the NFL, and the buzz across the league was that they were going to spend all of that cash in order to build the proper foundation around young star QB Sam Darnold. One week into free-agency it is safe to say they are doing just that, and they are not just spending their boatloads of money just to spend it, they are spending it smartly.

Although extremely early in the process it seems this new Jets regime seems to have it figured out, where others, (as us Jets fans sadly know) simply did not. I have heard many fans of the NFL tell me that the Jets are overspending, they are giving players money that doesn't deserve it, i.e. Leveon Bell. However, there is no justification for not giving a star player a little extra cash to ensure he will not join another team. That point is especially true when you have a young franchise QB like the Jets currently have... DAMN, that sounds good to say... but I digress, The last time the Jets won a super was... well, actually let's have some fun with this... clearly I was not born, my parents were not born, gas was $0.35 a gallon, and we had yet to land on the moon.

If that does not put in perspective for you then well I guess I am trying to say to you is ITS BEEN A LONG FREAKIN' TIME. 52 years exactly. Why emphasize instead of just telling you the number of years? Well because I wanted to, and if you are not a Jets fan, you needed to know just how astonishing, painful and LONG it has been.

However, I do think as a collective group, us Jets fans finally believe it is our time, our opportunity to finally win something. We are not a greedy fanbase and you would be surprised on how much even a home playoff game would mean after sharing a division for 18 years with Tom Brady, Bill Bilichek and the Patriots. Although with all hope their needs to be some type of grounding reality, some pessimism, because we are and will always be the "Same old Jets"... So until we win something that motto cannot be changed and will not be changed(not even with new uniforms)... but hey Jets fans, at least we're not currently Giant fans? Right? Buckle up, this may be the year.

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