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Gear You’ll Need for Mud Runs & Obstacle Courses

As you might be aware if you’re a regular reader of One Step Forward, I’m a big fan of fitness and knowing how to keep in shape, but what good is all of that if you’re not going to use it for something! That’s why one day I’d really love to enter into a mud run or obstacle course event. These races really test the body, mind, and spirit, but also just sound like a lot of fun and a great story to tell. There are dozens across the planet, including Spartan Race, Tough Mudder, and even the cool sounding Zombie Mud Run! Wherever you are in the world, you can be sure there will be an event near you.

I’ve spoken to a lot of people who have taken part in these events, so after hearing what they had to say, I’ve come to understand what you’ll need to complete the course. Other than a fit body and tough mental attitude, there is some gear you’ll definitely need to have if you want any chance of finishing without a hitch. Here’s what I’ve heard will be needed in a mud run or obstacle course.


The right shoes

Don’t turn up with your favourite Chuck Taylor’s on, as these events will likely leave them worse for wear! You’ll need a pair of shoes specifically designed for these types of endurance events. Merrell was a name several people brought up, as this brand makes shoes with breathable mesh lining and a protective toe cap (both said to be a godsend), as well as simply having fantastic traction and comfort during these tough events. This is a typical model for men.


A durable watch

One thing that came up a lot when I spoke to previous entrants, was that they had no way to tell the time without a watch. Some events had a time limit, and it was hard not knowing how much time they had left to compete. They didn’t dare bring their smartphone with them, and some even brought watches that they thought were waterproof but definitely weren’t! Omega has a good reputation for making sturdy and waterproof watches, so it’s hard to go past that name if you want something you can trust on the course. If you search here, you might be able to find a second-hand watch at a much more reasonable price than a brand new Omega.


Light clothing

Nearly everyone I chatted to about these events said that shorts, a tank top, two pairs of socks, and swimwear instead of regular underwear would be great clothing to wear for an endurance event. Sun cream too, was of course recommended, although some didn’t like to wear a hat or sunglasses for fear of them falling off or being damaged. Perhaps use cheap ones you don’t care about wearing again if so! Items made from cotton were said to be a burden, as they were uncomfortable and heavy once wet. Technical fabric was mentioned a few times, as it apparently can wick away moisture from the skin. Check this out for more info.

So with all that knowledge, I hope you can complete a mud run or obstacle course with ease. Hope to see you there one day!

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