So you're ready to tackle a mud run. You've got your training plan under control, but now it's time to decide what you should wear for your race.
Choosing what to wear is more important that just picking a team color. You're going to get wet and muddy. What you wear will have a major effect on your performance.
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Have you ever been pushed into a pool with your street clothes on? Or, have been caught in a massive downpour without an umbrella? Do you remember what if feels like to have your clothes drenched? This is the same feeling you'll experience in a mud run if you don't wear the right gear. Here are four tips on what to wear for your next mud run.
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You want to avoid cotton and anything heavy. Don't wear big, cotton t-shirts or sweatpants. Cotton will absorb water, add weight, and slow you down. Not to mention cause major chaffing. Spandex is a good choice for mud runs. It's lightweight and won't hold much water. Expect your spandex to get damaged during the mud run, so don't wear anything you care about.
There are a lot of obstacles in a mud run that can cause cuts and bruises. Nylon running tights can protect your legs. Under Armour makes great, breathable sportswear that will provide full coverage, and keep you cool as well.
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Mud runs are demanding. Choose durable gear that won't fall apart during the race. Military surplus shops are a good source for mud run gear.
For windy days, wear a light pullover windbreaker. Don't wear a jacket with a zipper as zippers get clogged with mud. Go for a nylon fabric so mud slides off.
Start with a good sock. Keep your socks low. Anything higher than the ankle will just be added weight. Consider splurging on a running sock; they will help prevent blisters. Definitely, don't wear cotton socks. And make sure you tuck your socks into your running tights.
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Wear a running shoe or boot and make sure you double knot the laces. It's easy for running shoes to slip off in the mud, so tie them tight.
Now that you're all geared up, get out and train in your gear. Test it out in wet conditions so you know how it will feel. Change out any gear that causes chaffing when you train! Wearing the right gear will make a major difference to your mud run performance.
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