It is hard to categorize Tough Mudder. It is more grueling than your average mud run. More team oriented and a whole lot less boring than a marathon. It takes guts and a little bit of foolishness. There really isn’t an event like it. Well actually there are a bunch of events just like it. But this was my first taste of doing an obstacle event so it holds a special place in my heart, I guess.
Some people just like to wing it. Show up in plain clothes, with no ideas and no expectactions and just go for it. Or maybe run it as a team in costumes. But for others who are shooting to improve a personal time or just to push themselves that much harder, you need to think about both the way you train, and the gear you wear to the event.
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Tired of running races? Tough Mudder is a lot of running with a lot of craziness added in. You definitely won’t be bored. Events consist of mud obviously but there is also a series of obstacles to test you in a variety of different ways, including a little bit of pain and perhaps some fear. They throw in a little bit of everything. Electric shock, freezing water, dark confined spaces, jumping from heights, the usual things people are afraid of.
For more events like Tough Mudder check out Obstacle Events a growing list of fun, challenging endurance, obstacle and totally random events from all over the world.
This video is from Tough Mudder in my neck of the woods (Norcal, Tahoe) 2011. A little old now that 2012 has already passed and 2013 is fast approaching. Should be another fun event this year as usual.
What Should I Wear?
Well you can start here, with What Not to Wear to get a better idea of the mistakes you want to avoid. Also check out our gear section with advice on shoes, socks, gloves and clothing to get you through the event, and costume ideas too if you’re looking for a little extra fun and challenge.
People all have their own preferences as to what they wear on their feet during the event. The usual suspects are old running shoes, minimal shoes or toe shoes like Vibrams. Cleats are not allowed and neither is going barefoot, at least as far as I’ve seen.
Not surprisingly, having the right shoes can make a big difference. Traction is a big issue. Collecting mud and water is your shoes is another big issue. Here are some ideas to consider before slipping into a new pair of shoes.
Gloves can help but also hinder you if they are not comfortable or get water logged. Be careful when selecting gloves and be sure to work them in beforehand.
View our Tough Mudder Glove Recommendations and decide what is right for you.