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March 2009



Brain Dump Monday: San Diego Mud Run

I just got done running the San Diego Mud Run!!!! I can’t believe it, but it was sooo much fun. Actually up to the start of the race, all I could think of was “why did I sign up for this????” or “what was I thinking!!!”. Now that I’m done….I’m SO glad I did it! In case you don’t know what it is, it’s just an obstacle course filled with lots of mud pits, walls, haystacks, hills, etc. There are also random points where you get sprayed/hosed with water. It was kind of invigorating getting so dirty and not caring. It was hard for me since I’m so not fit, but the race really was not hard at all and definitely doable. It was enough of a challenge for me that I felt so accomplished after. (don’t you love that feeling??) I recommend anyone who is thinking about doing a mud run…definitely do it. So much fun and such a unique experience! There are some things I wish I had known or thought of to do so here’s some tips on running a mud run.

1. Bring a towel. After the race, they usually have these outdoor showers that are just shooting out FREEZING water. It’s a good idea to have a towel to dry yourself off!
2. Wear clothes and shoes that you’re willing to throw away. I went in with a pair of shoes that I haven’t worn in like 7 yrs so after the race I just tossed them. I also tossed my tank top although I think you could probably easily wash it but I didn’t care about it cause it was old.
3. Speaking of shoes, don’t forget to bring sandals/flipflops! You’ll definitely want something like that to wear because the first thing you will want to do when you are done with the race is to take off your shoes which are caked and full of mud.
4. Bring duct tape and tape up your shoes. If not, you risk losing them in the mud pits!
5. Wear shorts and maybe a bathing suit under your clothes. It makes washing yourself off after so much easier.

I saw some people with disposable cameras that took pictures of themselves in the mud pits which I thought was a great idea. There are some really great picture moments when you do an event like this. For now, we’ll have to rely on the professional photographers that were there but we’ll have to wait until they put them up and also pay for them. I am definitely going to buy a picture though!! So worth it!

For the people living in socal who are interested in this, the most famous mud run is the Camp Pendleton one. This year is already sold out but we are thinking of maybe doing it next year. It’s supposed to be a lot more hardcore than the SD one. I think the SD one was a great first step for me so we’ll see!


Comment from J
Posted: March 30, 2009 at 9:09 am

Did you do the 5k or the 10k?

It definitely looks like fun.

Comment from girlrobot
Posted: March 30, 2009 at 10:05 am

I only did the 5K…I’m a wimp! :)

Comment from Matt
Posted: March 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Wasn’t that Hill killer? I did the run in November with friends as a team so me and my brother stopped and waited for our friends this time we ran as indi and that hill was torture. Can’ wait to do it again in November to try and beat my time.

Also, I wanted to do the camp pen one last year but it sold out also, that’s how I found out about this one. This year me and my friends are doing it as a team again so we will see how that one goes.

P.S there will be another one in Orange county in July, I swear I am addicted to these races. Makes my everyday running worth it.

Comment from J
Posted: March 30, 2009 at 6:17 pm

5k is nothing to sneeze out and is even tougher since you’re running an obstacle course and not around a track.

Comment from NJ
Posted: March 31, 2009 at 6:48 pm

I live in SD and have never heard of this! Definitely will give it a shot next time around :) Thanks for blogging about it.