I just got done doing my first Tough Mudder this past weekend and had a blast.  Even though my legs cramped A LOT, I would definitely do it again. 

Anyone else earned the righteous orange headband?

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I am doing one this coming weekend. Any good advice?

@ Cody

Good socks.  I had some Under Armour socks and they held up well. 

Light shorts, some sort of compression shorts for underwear, and preferably a non-cotton T-shirt (I wore one of my Under Armour shirts that I had from Iraq).

Gloves could be a benefit or a nuisance.  A buddy of mine gave me some that he told me I could throw away.  I liked them for climbing the walls and the monkey bars, but after a while after the were soaked and caked in mud, they got annoying.  I ended up ditching them about half way through. 

Lastly, don't leave the immediate finish area too soon.  There's free beer in there, but once you leave, it's on you.   ;-)

Thanks for the advise! I'm looking forward to it! By the way i have to ask how bad is the whole getting schocked part?

For me, the shock didn't hurt that bad.  I don't know if I got lucky and didn't hit one of the bad wires.  My buddy said he got knocked out and fell to the ground for a second.   Unfortunately, I missed it! 

The worse part for me was the arctic enema.   That water was so freaking cold!  

I've done one run for your life, two tough mudders, and one spartan race. I love them.


Congrats! I have signed up for the TM next June in CO. Looking forward to it. Advice on training? I've heard if you can do 7 pull-ups and can run 5 miles without too much strain you can live through it. Sound right?

@ Jim  That sounds about right.  You don't run the whole time as half the race you're in muddy water up to your waist. 

If you want to see my recap, I just finished a post (with video) on my blog with a ton of pictures.  Notice ALL the mud.  :)   How I (Barely) Trained for Tough Mudder

I've done several obstacle races, but no Tough Mudder.  (Interesting article about TM's founder in this month's Outside magazine, by the way.)  Obstacle races, in general, are a blast!

Jeff Rose has some good tips.  I've never used gloves.  Never needed them.  Ditch anything made of cotton.  Go for "tech" fabrics that don't absorb water.  Don't wear shorts with pockets in them.  They'll just fill up with water and/or mud.  I wear spikeless cross country shoes to race.  They work well for everything except balancing.  Had a nasty incident with a balance beam across a creek bed a few weeks ago.  Oof!

Hoo-rah!!! I earned my first Orange band this past weekend. Best thing that has happened to me so far in my life.

This is me at the final course of the Tender Fadda
last year:

I was exhausted! Could not wait to jump into the extra dry martini that was waiting for me.

Never done one, but my friend is really into it so I hope to join him at some point!

I'm training to do this next Year! I am way excited. Where did you do yours?


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