One thing I found a lack of in my research was what to wear on event day.
Sure I asked people their opinion, but take advice from someone that has actually done an event.
What to Wear
- You need to keep in mind that you are going to get covered in mud. So you are going to want to wear something that you don’t care is going to get (possibly) ruined.
- If it’s not Dri Fit don’t wear it. There is nothing worse than wearing something that makes you feel heavier than you actually are. The the advantage of dry fit is that well it dry’s really quickly. The only time you are going to get dry, is while running.
And if you are worried about ruining your ‘brand’ dri fit stuff. Just buy cheap stuff from Kmart or BigW. My dri fit top was from Kmart and cost me no more than $10.
- Ladies, I recommend wearing at least 3/4 length or full leggings. You’re knees will thank you. Make sure the pants you were have a zip pocket that you can put your hydration gels in too.
The only Leggings I had where ‘Brand’ ones and I was not going to ruin my $60 nike compression/dri fit leggings for one event. So I went out and bought $15 dry fit ones from BigW. Worked a treat.
- Guys, if you are going to wear shorts, make sure they have a draw string. I saw one guy on the course loosing his shorts cause they just got so heavy with mud.
- Sunscreen. Yes the mud will act as a barrier, but I forgot sunscreen and I got burnt on my face.
- Lip Balm. My lips got sunburnt and I’m still paying for it.
- Sleeves. I wore uv sleeves. I found that these protected my arms from cuts and abrasions.
I bought my sleeves from ebay last year. I just got the ones from China, I think they set me back approx $20 at the time, but I don’t remember. They not only kept me cool, but warm, and protected my arms from splinters, cuts & abrasions.
- Old runners. Then donate them at the end of the race.
- Same with Socks. Ones that you will never see again.
- Vibrams 5 fingers (optional). If I were to do the course again, I’d do it in Vibrams. The mud really weights you down, and you do loose your grip, at least with the Vibrams, they remain light weight and you have the use of your toes.
- Skins. This is also optional, it’s possible they will get ruined, but they will protect your skin, and give you a quicker recovery time.
- Gloves. The weight lifting kind. I found they gave me grip and protected me against splinters. They are also optional, but if I were to do it again, I’d still wear them.
What not to Wear
- Hat. It will get in your way, and you will most likely loose it.
- Hydration pack. There will be water stations. That and it will just weight you down. Also the straw section will get dirty and muddy, and who wants to be drinking the mud.
- A costume. Sure if fun, but you will just get weighed down.
So that’s what I learnt from my tough mudder event, and I hope it helps you when you do yours. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.