So, You Wanna Do a Mud Run? 3 Tips on Doing It Right

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Cool-Mom alert.. It was my her idea! My Mom asked me if I’d do a 5k Mud Run Obstacle Course Race with her and you bet I said yes. This was at the finish line in 2015. She was 54-years-young at the time and I’m 35.

Cool-Mom alert.. It was my her idea! My Mom asked me if I’d do a 5k Mud Run Obstacle Course Race with her and you bet I said yes. This was at the finish line in 2015. She was 54-years-young at the time and I’m 35.

The weather is absolutely perfect in Arizona right now. Temps peak in the mid-80s, full sun, zero humidity. so no wonder race companies pick this time of the year for races in AZ. The people behind the Rugged Maniac Obstacle Race Series knew this too and that’s why in 6 days their Spring 2019 5k race will be going down in Chandler. Never ran a mud run before? Want to, but unsure? Don’t be scared! My mother and I ran one a few years ago. It was HER idea and she was 54-years-old at the time. Yep, you read that age right! We succeeded and had an absolute blast. Here are 3 tips from my experience on how to do a mud the right way.


Wear shorts and a tank but don’t forget to slather up your body with sunblock and anti-chafing product too.

Wear shorts and a tank but don’t forget to slather up your body with sunblock and anti-chafing product too.

Dress Less

Yep, you heard me right. There is no reason to be modest here. EVERYONE will be covered head-to-toe with mud. No one cares if you have or don’t have the perfect body for booty shorts and a tank. This was the mistake I made when I ran my first mud run. For some very odd reason, I wore a long sleeve top and leggings that were bootcut. WTF was I thinking? My problem was I didn’t look for a runner blogger to get advice from! My mom was on point though, for the most part. She did wear shorts, but she wore a very baggy unisex t-shirt. The long-sleeve shirt and long pants totally weighed me down on race day. They got soaked in mud and got HEAVY. It wasn’t bad during the parts where I was crawling in mud, or in the water obstacles. It was when I had to climb nets, go over walls and do the running parts. My clothing just hung onto the mud and water and I felt like I had a 20-lb weighted vest on! If you are going to sign up for this weekends Rugged Maniac, then dress for success:

  • Do try to find old tech clothes you have that you don’t mind throwing away. Lightweight shorts and tanks work well. Poly-blends work way better than cotton. Even though you’ll be covered in mud, the poly-blend tech clothes will help you stay dry.

  • Don’t wear a crap sports bra or swim top. Ladies, please don’t wear a unsupportive sports bra because you are thinking you’ll just end up tossing it. You’ll end up spilling out! Go to a thrift store or dig up one of your older yet supportive sports bras instead. You’ll need something that fits you tightly so when you get wet your boobs won’t fall out.

  • Do wear trail running shoes, not hikers. I had an old pair of trail running shoes that past its prime in the support department but still had tons of tread left. The tread is good for grip. Regular running shoes have a sole that is too smooth and you’ll slip. If you don’t have a pair a lightweight trailies, then again, go to a thrift store and find some on the cheap. I threw away my old trail runners after the mud run. At least they had their one last hurrah and I walked away from my mud run unscathed.

  • Don’t wear jewelry. This applies to both men and women. If you want to wear that statement coaker or motivational wrist-wrap then fine. But don’t cry if you lose it. Mud and water makes everything slippery and prone to fall off. Also, you don’t want your ring to get snagged or bent while holding a rope or monkey bars. Keep your wedding bands at home.

  • Do wear some sort of anti-chafing product and sunscreen. You might be able to race a 5k in under 20-minutes, but a mud run race is totally different. It could take you 45 minutes to an hour because of the added obstacles and mud. This means your body has more time to burn from the sun and chafe from the water and mud. Slap on your favorite products so you don’t end up screaming while taking that post shower and you only end up screaming when enter the Feed The Beast obstacle.


Don’t drink the water at the bottom of Accelerator 3.0! Instead, drink plenty of water before your race.

Don’t drink the water at the bottom of Accelerator 3.0! Instead, drink plenty of water before your race.

Hydrate Profusely

Remember, this event will take you about an hour even if you are a fast runner. One hour outside in the full Arizona sun is dangerous and more so when you are huffing and puffing during an obstacle course run. When I ran my first mud run with my mom we both realized there weren’t any water stations on course. That was shocking because we didn’t carry any water with us.

  • Do drink extra water a few days before the race even starts. Try to limit caffeine or beer before your race too. You want to stay hydrated before you run and remember, there is free beer at the finish line!

  • Do try to drink about 16oz of water before your race starts and stop at the aid stations along the course to sip extra water.

  • Do grab some water FIRST when you pass the finish line then grab that beer. You’ll be hot and you’ll want that beer, but safety first so hydrate with water before.


Have Fun

Rugged Maniac races are more like camaraderie events. Strangers are there to help each other.

Rugged Maniac races are more like camaraderie events. Strangers are there to help each other.

OMG, mud runs are a blast! To me, it’s more of a camaraderie event than a competition race. People are just out there for eachother. You need that gal to help push your butt up Mount Maniac? Go ahead and ask ‘cause she’ll need to dude behind her to help push her up. See that guy at the top of The Warped Wall with his hand reached out? Grab it! It’s just an expected notion to help one another out at a mud run.

  • Do try to do this event with a friend or a group of people. Mud runs are more like festivals. You are there to laugh, people watch and drink beer. Only a few people do them for competing. If you have to do it alone, then go in prepared to meet a new friend or two.

  • Don’t be surprised if you find mud in strange places a week after your event. You heard me right LOL! You might find some mud in the crevices in your ears, under your finger nails and hiding in parts of your scalp a few days later. Take a bath or jump in a pool after your shower the initial mud off your body.


Are You Ready For It?

Of course you are! If my MOTHER can run a mud run then um, you can too. In six short days the Rugged Maniac crew is coming to Arizona for their Spring 2019 obstacle course in Chandler. The event is already 95% full! Sign up today and apply code RUN10 for 10% off registration fees. Then tell me how you liked it!

Check out the links below if you’d like to read point of views from other BibRave Pro’s:
This Old Runner: Are You a Rugged Maniac Obstacle Racer?
This Old Runner: See the Newest Rugged Maniac Obstacles!