Do’s and Don’ts of Running a Mud Run
“It’s not what you start in life, it’s what you finish“- Katherine Hepburn
As we grow from women into wives and mothers we tend to place ourselves on the back burner, always focusing on the needs of our families, husbands, and kids first. Moms need to realize that WE are important too and WE need to focus on ourselves from time to time. When times get busy, one of the first things to get placed at the end of the list is time for fitness. Whether it is out of scheduling conflicts, exhaustion, or fear of not knowing what to do, some moms tend to not want to start a fitness regimen. Well, we are here to tell you that NOW is the perfect time to get started on the journey to a more fit life.
Maybe you want to lose a few pounds or tone up some baby weight that is STILL sticking around. Maybe you desperately need some mom-only time and want to start an activity that makes you feel great about yourself all while helping you to get more fit. Perhaps you have these feelings, and have thought of signing up for a race or obstacle course, but you are too scared or fear you’ll be embarrassed. If any of these fit how YOU are feeling, we are here to share some Do’s and Don’ts of running a mud run and to tell you about one of the most fun women-only race venues out there: The Dirty Girl Mud Run!
What is a mud run?
Depending on the race, it can mean a lot of things, but the basics of all mud runs are 1- some running, 2- some obstacles and 3- MUD. The length of the course can vary as well as the obstacles. Some races, such as the Tough Mudder have extremely difficult races and are not the best choice for a beginning “mudder”. Other races have lower-impact obstacles that are more geared towards fun and the challenge of finishing but not in any particular time.
Who is a mud run for?
Anyone! The great thing about today’s running circuit is there are so many races for any type of personality. Mud runs are especially good for someone has has been living an active life but are ready to try something a bit different. You don’t need to be in the best physical shape ever or even be that competitive. Some runs even encourage you to take your time and enjoy the experience. Who is a mud run NOT for? People that dislike mud. Seriously, after you complete one of these races you will have mud in places you didn’t even realize mud could go! That’s part of the fun though.
If you have made the decision to sign up for a mud run, we are here to share some “do’s” and “don’ts” to help you get started!
- DO get started with some basic training. Many mud runs are 5ks which are a great distance to start with. These races include both running and some upper body movements so a few weeks or months before the race, start by building yourself a training plan. Get out there and walk or run at least 3 days a week, starting with a short distances and making your way up to the full distance. Even if your goal is to run some of the race, you will feel more confident if you have trained some before hand!
- DON’T neglect your upper body! Many of these races include obstacles like cargo nets, walls to climb over or ropes to maneuver across. Do not only focus on running beforehand! Add in a few days of basic strength training too. Moves that work your biceps, triceps, shoulders and back will all come in handy then you are ready to rock and roll.
- DO set your goals ahead of time. Are you going to compete for the best time you can do or are you just at it for fun? Either are great, just be sure you know what you are working towards!
- DON’T forget your girlfriends! Many of these races allow you to register with a team and that’s truly the best way to run one of these. Not only can you run and laugh together, but you can help encourage each other across difficult obstacles. Bonus: If it’s up your alley, you can create some fun shirts or coordinating outfits to wear!
- DO plan on getting DIRTY. There is no way around it– you will get messy. If you don’t want to get down in the trenches, these types of races may not be for you. Part of the fun is leaving like your kids would look if you allowed them to jump in a giant mud puddle!
- DON’T wear your best clothes, shoes or socks. When you are completing, you will get mud in places you can’t imagine, and it may not all wash out. Leave your gorgeous new yoga pants at home and opt for bringing the older pair. Same goes with sneakers. If you just invested in a new pair of running shoes, don’t wear those. Many of these mud runs offer a place to donate your old shoes to right at the race and there’s a reason for that! Although you can wash your sneakers, they will probably never look quite the same so wear an older pair. Also don’t forget a large garbage bag for your dirty stuff!
- DO bring a friend to take pictures for you! This is a great job for your husband or partner- this way you can forever remember your mud run adventure, without the fear of damaging your camera!
- DON’T forget to protect your body. Depending on which race you sign up for, some can be more intense than others. Some of these muddy tunnels you crawl through can also be lined with rocks. Wearing capris or tall socks can be beneficial. Gloves can help too!
- DO listen to your body! You want to challenge yourself to do your best but if you are feeling tired, it’s ok to skip an obstacle. You know your body best and injury isn’t worth it when they can be avoided.
- DON’T forget to have FUN. These mud runs are designed to be fun, no matter when you finish. Set yourself up for success before hand with some training and be ready to have a great time!
Ready to race, but not sure which to start with?
One race we love is the The Dirty Girl Mud Run. It is a women only mud obstacle race that is designed to be a place where women can complete a 5k race in a fun and non-competitive setting. This race is for all fitness levels, so no matter what level you feel like you are at, this race is for you! The race contains different obstacles that encourage you to stretch your fitness goals, without feeling the pressure of a time limit or the feeling of having to finish first or complete against other people. The atmosphere is one of FUN.
The race is a 5k, which is about 3.2 miles long. It’s an excellent one to sign up for if you are looking to jump start your fitness goals. With obstacles like PMS (pretty muddy stuff), H2OMG and Dirty Dancing, you know you will be surrounded by mud, fun and plenty of laughter. One of the best parts of this particular race is that it is affiliated with the Bright Pink. Bright Pink is a charity that’s goal is to help empowering women to lead healthier, happier lives and also help to encourage and educate women to understand the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of breast and ovarian cancer. The race is held in 25 different cities, so chances are, there’s a race near you.
Registration fees vary depending on when you register and we at Daily Mom are excited to let you know that we have a discount code for you to use when you sign up! Stop by and check out the event schedule and when you resister, use the code BLOGFRIEND to receive $10 off of your entrance fee! Don’t forget to stop by the FAQ page for some additional info on how the race works.
So what are you waiting for?? Do some research and sign up for a mud run! Get your girlfriends together, create some fun shirts or even tutus and get your muddy run on! It will be one of the most memorable events you can do- your psyche and body will thank you!
New to running or obstacle races? Come read more on how these races can help you to Push Your Limits.
Photo Credits: Dirty Girl Mud Run
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Michelle; full time mama, part time blogger, wife extraordinaire. This busy mama to three “peas” is a lover of all things running, crafting and baking. A New England native and current desert dweller, she is the brains and wit behind the blog Our Three Peas, where she writes about the hilarious reality that is motherhood. She strives to live a green and natural life and swears that most motherhood-related dramas can be solved by having a nice glass of wine at the end of the evening.