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April 08, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 210


Running shoes are the way to go. Boots will fill up with water and are too clunky. Cleats are not allowed. Make sure your shoes are comfortable and that you have been exercising in them prior to the event. Wet feet over the course of 9-12 miles is a recipe for blisters.

Make sure your shoes are tight fitting. Deep mud has a tendency to pull the shoes right off your feet. Double knot your shoes and get the laces tight.

Clothes That Will Wick

You will get wet at multiple points throughout the event. There is no avoiding the water so just make sure your clothes are able to dry out as quickly as possible. Avoid cotton because it holds onto moisture. Try to wear tight fitting clothes that wick water easily.

Don't Carry Anything With You

There are no accessories you will need for the event. Not to mention anything you carry with you will only slow you down. Be as light as possible. There will be some food and water throughout the course, so there is really nothing you will need. If you want to slip an energy goo into your shorts that is really the only thing I'd carry and even that is not necessary.

Whatever you do, don't try to carry your personal items like a wallet or car keys with you. The chances of losing them are extremely high, and the changes of not getting them back are even higher.


The one place where most people fail, which you wouldn't expect are the obstacles that require upper body strength. Both guys and girls have serious trouble. Just because you can bench press your weight doesn't mean you can lift yourself over a wall.

The best exercises for completing Tough Mudder without failing or skipping any obstacles is to do pull-ups and chin-ups. Being able to repeatedly lift your body up and over obstacles, while tired and winded is key to completing the course.

From a training standpoint, being able to rep out 10 pull-ups and 10 chin-ups should get you ready for the event. Anything short of that and you may not be able to complete some of the obstacles without assistance or at all.

It depends greatly on the course but one thing a lot of people don't realize about Tough Mudder is the kinds of running you will be doing. For example, the courses in California are all very vertical. Flat land running will not prepare you.

The best way to really get your lungs and legs ready for Tough Mudder is to run hills. Being able to run 5 miles is an obvious goal everyone should try for, but a better indication of your fitness for the event would be the ability to run hills for an hour.

Another thing people don't consider is the stop and go pace of the event. There will be bottlenecks at a lot of the tougher obstacles. Which means it is better to be able to run quickly to each obstacle and catch your breath while you are there. Another reason why long distance running really isn't ideal for training for Tough Mudder. You are better off doing sprints, hills or full on running for a time and then walking for brief periods. Exert yourself, catch your breath, and then push yourself again. A steady, constant running pace will not occur during the event so there is no reason to train this way.

This is especially important for people who are out of shape. If you can only run a short distance to start, that is fine. Don't kill yourself trying to run 5 miles on your first day of training. Run for a minute, walk for thirty seconds. Keep repeating this until you main the distance you were hoping to reach. As you improve your fitness you can spread out the breaks further and further apart.

For more information on training for Tough Mudder and other obstance events as well as detailed clothing recommendations visit Tough Mudder Gear.

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