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Are Mud Runs for Baby Boomers?

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Mud Run Tunnel with Alexandra Have you ever heard of mud runs? Might one be on your bucket list? What about a mud walk? No matter your age, if you are in good health, we hope you’ll go for the gold, er mud! Fellow Boomers, you (and we) are not too old to tackle new activities. If you have followed our blog for a while, you know how much we stress the link between exercise and the brain.

We decided to represent for the 50+ crowd at the Love Mud Run  held this past Saturday in Temecula, CA. A mud run is an event (usually a 5K) that has a trail, obstacles and a lot of mud. It was called a run, but almost everyone walked, including us. If you see that families and kids are encouraged to participate, you can feel fairly confident you won’t be the only person walking! In fact, you can select which obstacles to tackle as well. If the event title has the words “Warrior,” “Tough,” “Challenge,” “Spartan” or “Timed,” you might want to run (or walk) the other way. As for us, it was our first voluntary mud event since our college soccer rainy days.

As first-timers, we were a bit in the dark as to exactly what to bring, wear, or expect. Luckily, we had Carissa Bealert’s radio episode, Mud Runs are Fun for Everyone  in our own Fun and Fit radio archives so we took her advice. Combining that with what we learned, we thought we’d share some tips so  you will feel confident signing up for your own mud run.

Mud Run wall obstacle with KymberlyKymberly’s Tips:

  1. Wear a unitard no matter how much your loved ones tease you about hauling out your 90’s outfit. You will keep mud from running down your waist or pulling your pants down with caked-on mud weight. I threw my Zensah t-shirt over my tank top unitard for sun protection and so I would not have to hold my abs in all day in that tight uni!
  2. Don’t worry about looking uncool, geeky weird, bizarre, mismatched, or unfashionable. Embrace the goofiness. Everyone is sporting an odd outfit and no one looks glam by the end, so you might as well wear something fun or functional and have at it. We saw all sorts of creative and unusual attire.
  3. Apply lipstick if you feel the need to dress up at all. (I did). Even if you throw fashion to the winds, a little lipstick under the chapstick never hurt a Boom Chicka Boomer!
  4. Bring a water bottle with you. Then ask whether the course offers water stations.  Refill your bottle at the water stations. Keep the cap on tightly as you slog through mud and obstacles. If that water’s browning, you’ll be frowning. Rather be drowning your thirst with clean water!
  5. Bring a towel or plastic trash bag to sit on in the car on the way home or to wherever you have a thorough shower lined up.
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Alexandra’s Tips

  1. Put on sunscreen. A lot. If you have thin hair, put it on top of your head too.
  2. Look for a bag check (expect a fee). In that bag you will want a change of clothes. (Most mud runs offer a hose or shower station, so you can get at least marginally clean). If you are able to park near the finish line, the bag check may be unnecessary.
  3. Take a small pack with you. In that pack you will want to have water, more sunscreen, a bandana to cover your face in case it’s dusty, and goggles in case it’s dusty or very wet. And a small camera, but pack it in a well-sealed baggie.
  4. Wear shoes that you don’t mind throwing away. After the mud run, you will not want those shoes in your house. Flip-flops or slip-ons are a good choice post-run.
  5. Pick and choose the obstacles you want to take on, and walk around the ones that don’t seem fun. The whole point is fun, so if you only climb up, slide down and splash into 4 of 5 mud hills, so what?

Don't Delay Begin TodayJust so you know, everyone who finishes gets a medal. At this particular mud run, we saw no-one being timed, so our race bibs were merely to prove we’d paid. If you go with the intent to have fun, you will do exactly that. Oh, if you want to keep your shoes onwhen your feet get stuck in the mud, lift with your toes, not your heels.

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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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19 Responses to Are Mud Runs for Baby Boomers?

  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta February 18, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    I wish I could have been there! I had to work this weekend, so I have a really good excuse :-).

    Great advice, especially about the unitard. I would never have thought of that. It sounds like great, dirty fun for all.
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  2. Mindy Artze February 19, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Dying laughing right now… Love it! I would have loved to do this with you!!!
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  3. Jody - Fit at 55 February 19, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    LOVE this & that video!!!!!! So fun to watch you & where was the camera??? ;) I had no idea you could pick the obstacles you preferred to tackle. Love the advice too – still not sure I would do one of these though! ;) Rock the boomer love!!! Boomers rule!
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    • KymberlyFunFit February 19, 2013 at 11:09 pm #

      Thanks Golden One for noticing the camera action! I (K) used my new Sony Action Cam for the first time. It is super small, lightweight and attaches to a headband so you see the action as I see it. Soooo easy to use and comfy. Now to figure out how to attach the waterproof housing so I don’t worry about the camera getting muddy or wet.
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  4. Charlotte Larsen February 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    The post is really great!
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  5. Jan Williams February 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm #

    Hooray for my favorite mud runners in the world!
    (That looks like fun.)
    Love,
    Mom
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  6. Laura February 20, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    A couple of tips I can add: I saw and will try is to wear two layers. Saw someone wear two bike shorts. he peeled the extremely dirty layer off and left the not nearly as dirty pair on. Then put a pair of sweats over that and he was good to go.
    If you choose to wear shorts with a drawstring, be sure to have access to a pair of scissors just in case they do not want to untie. First aid stations will usually have a pair. This did happen to me. Just glad I did not need to use the bathroom at the time.
    Not all mud runs will have the lavish washing stations that The Fun and Fit gals had. Most of the time it is a water truck or fire truck spraying very cold water on you and you may have little control over where the water goes. The later you finish the more muddy this area will be. Thus Alexandra’s flip flop tip is spot on!
    Also, bag check tents are not like fort Knox so be sure to leave most if not all valuables at home or in your car. So far I have not come accross any that required me to pay for the service but you never know. My next big on I plan on having my husband go to not only cheer for me but also help keep track of stuff and take pictures.
    Every mud run is a new adventure and perhaps I will have more to tell after this weekends “cave” adventure!

    • AlexandraFunFit February 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks for these excellent tips Laura. Much appreciated. And I love the idea of a top and bottom layer. I made the mistake of double knotting my shoes, and discovered how much fun it was NOT to get them untied.
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  7. Maris King February 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm #

    There’s nothing wrong about beeing goofy.
    Embracing our uniqueness will not make us a weird one.
    Love what you love and just live life.
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  8. Kareen February 21, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    I’ve been so tempted to do a mud run so thanks for your tips!
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  9. cursor system March 27, 2013 at 6:54 am #

    I can feel the mud run from the way you have described it. I think it is very enjoyable and bring lot of fun. Your way of describing this mud run is very superb and clear understanding even for a dummy. Thanks

  10. Christine May 31, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Ah, we just completed a mud run at vail lake last month. Got the kids in on it. While it was ultra hot that day, we had a blast. did they make you loop up that big hill? killer.
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