Happy Monday, everyone 🙂 I completed a mud run/obstacle course this past Saturday with a couple of my closest guy friends. I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show y’all what I packed into my gym bag. If you’re interested – keep on reading!
The mud run/obstacle course that we ran was 4 miles consisting of 35 obstacles. Talk about a challenge, but it was a total blast! We only walked about half a mile of it. Mind over matter! I have conquered a muddy obstacle course before, so packing my bag was quick and easy. I hope after reading this, it’ll be the same way for you.
(By the way, excuse my messy bed)
Take towels (plural)– you will be muddy, wet and gross. Do you really want your car to take after its’ owner? Plus, some runs offer changing/shower stations and you will need to dry yourself off!
Take Wet Ones (or some type of antibacterial wipe) – After we completed the course I wiped myself down with a few wipes, then used these as a ‘soap’ in the changing/shower station they provided. Quick, easy, cheap and gets the job done! Oh, I bought the citrus scent – I smelt SO good! Oh oh, and these also work great for getting the mud out of your ears!
Take Sanitizer – Bath and Body Works has a deal… buy 5 for $5. I am a huge sanitizer freak. You don’t NEED this, but it doesn’t hurt to have one on hand.
Take Duct Tape – tape your shoes to your feet, unless you’re wishing for your shoes to be swallowed up by mud pits, etc.
Take Trash Bags – After you change out of your dirty clothes/shoes, you’ll want to stash them somewhere and we DON’T want our nice, expensive gym bags smelling like mud and sewer water, nasty!
Take Deodorant – Use it before your race, smells great and prevents your underarms from chafing AND use this post race, for obvious reasons. 🙂
Take Body Glide – You MAY not need this, but my thighs definitely love me more on the runs where I use Body Glide.
Take Extra Clothes – To change into after your quick bird bath. I suggest shorts, shirt and flip flops. Flip flops are easier to slide on than having to put on socks and tennis shoes. Don’t forget your clean pair of undergarments!
Take a Snack – Cliffbars are my choice bar for any race and/or workout sesh. If you are going to eat something before, eat light and drink plenty of water.
Take a Recovery Drink – for your drive home you’ll need to hydrate your body and replenish. Nuun Tablets is what I packed – how did you know!
Do Wear – tight shorts (ladies, trust me). I find that tight (cycle like shorts) are comfy to run in and obviously cling to your body which helps a bunch when you’re jumping over, climbing over, and crawling under obstacles.
Do Wear – long socks. These will definitely guard your calves from rope burn if you have to climb or shimmy a rope. They will also protect your legs from any scratches. This may not be as important to everyone, but I am a fan of wearing dresses so I prefer to have minimal burns/bruises.
Do Wear – your hair up in a bun/ponytail. This is not the time to be looking hot with luscious curly locks. If your guy loves you, he’ll love you even more when he knows you can run an obstacle course with him without constantly worrying about your hair.
Do Wear – your natural face, maybe a bit of concealer but ladies leave the mascara, blush and eyeliner in your bag! Maybe apply it when you’re changing if you absolutely need to. I just do away with it all. 🙂
Do Wear – a good pair of running/trail shoes. I know everyone always says not to because you’re going to muddy them all up and have to donate them. I ran in my Brooks Pure Connect, they were super muddy post race. As soon as I got home I threw everything I wore for the race in the wash, and check these shoes out – no mud! Wear your good shoes!
Do Take Friends – People, running a muddy course or ANY race with a group is way more fun than running alone. I definitely recommend running an obstacle course in a group because (like me) you will need help on a couple of obstacles – that’s where your TEAM comes into play.
Do Color Coordinate – with your team. There is no better reason than.. because it’s FUN.
Do Take Money – of course.
Don’t forget to take your signed waiver, confirmation email and ID. Better to be prepared than not!
I hope I didn’t leave anything out! If I did, please comment down below OR if you have any other suggestions, leave me a comment and let me know. 🙂
I hope this helped!
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