Mud Run Guide Advice, Straight from Mud Run Guide
It’s official. We are already gearing up for our 2019 MuckFest events! We are so excited to welcome returning Muckers but also folks brand new to the mud run world. Returning Muckers know the whole muddy drill, and they live for the excitement of our obstacles and the fun you have all day long at MuckFest.
But if you’ve never been to a mud run before, how can you know what to expect? Following us on Facebook and Instagram are good places to start, as is continuing to read all the awesomeness on our blog here. We wanted to dig deeper into the proverbial mud and get you some down and dirty advice for first-timers. We asked our favorite experts, the folks at Mud Run Guide, what advice they would give to a first-time mud runner.
Boy did they deliver!
Chris Lewis, co-founder of Mud Run Guide, keeps it simple…
“Just have fun. Go with some friends. And don’t stress. You can skip any obstacles you need to, or your friends (or anyone you find on the course) can help you on any obstacles you are having difficulty with!”
Matt Willis, the Mud Run Guide Crew Chief, has different advice based on how you want to approach the Muck…
“This all really depends on how you are walking into your first mud run. Are you going out there to have fun, challenge yourself, or compete?
If you are having fun… there ya go. Run around, jump and climb on s***. Throw things around and have a blast while having an amazing workout.
If you are wanting to challenge yourself, give everything an honest try. Don’t think to yourself, ‘I can’t do that.’ Instead, just get out there and freaking DO IT! Then use that experience to train for your next MuckFest and get even better. If you are going to compete…you know what you have to do. Just don’t wear any cotton and get yourself a pair of cleats to help on your muddy quest.
Getting the most out of every mud run goes hand in hand with the above. I do recommend being out there with friends though. That will always make the experience awesome. If you can’t convince friends to come, just join a group out there and be cool. This sport is welcoming of everyone, and you’ll be able to meet new people and make new friends out there without even trying!”
Bonnie Wilson, Mud Run Guide Social Media Manager, is understandably all about making those connections out in the mud. She says to stay present!
“Enjoy the little moments. Celebrate your first climb, cheer for a stranger who was scared but pushed through and did it, laugh when you come out with mud caked in places you never thought you could or should.
Also, connect to the community. There are so many groups and teams out there and they love welcoming first-timers and helping you through any questions you may have. And if you are struggling at an obstacle, it’s this community that is going to pick you up and help you through.”
Kristen Stewart, Mud Run Guide Sales & Marketing Manager, is here to remind you to get loose and have fun!
“As a first-timer you should above all else, check your ego at the door. You WILL get muddy, so only wear what you may need to throw away after. Don’t forget to bring a towel and change of clothes with you. Costumes are always fun. Bring lots of friends and be sure to take plenty of before-and-after pictures!
You can make the most out of any mud run by enjoying yourself and not worrying about your time. A lot of people walk or jog in between obstacles. If you are running with friends, you can help each other over obstacles.”
If you’ve already gotten mucky with us in the past, tell us YOUR best MuckFest advice in the comments!