41 Weeks and Mud Butt?

How to successfully complete a 5K Mud Run

(notice I didn’t say “win”)

The Day Before Race-Day

  1. Plan ahead. Eat light and healthy meals to avoid any …issues during your race.

  2. Pick out your outfit, as well as your backup outfit (underoos included).

  3. Clip your toenails! Or you will end up with the worst cuts on your toes EVER!

  4. Don’t run or exercise. You’ll be too sore the next day.

  5. Pack your Mud Runners Kit Bag including the following:

    • shampoo

    • conditioner (if you have hair that needs it)

    • a wide toothed comb

    • baby wipes (you’ll thank me later, ladies)

    • deodorant

    • a ziploc bag filled with empty grocery bags (it’s amazing how many you might use after the race)

    • any emergency medications you might need

  6. Coordinate with any running muddy buddies about your arrival times, meeting places, along with back up plans, just in case cell service is rough.

  7. Pin your Race Bib to the front of your running shirt, and/or attach your shoe clips to your laces.

  8. If you need an inhaler, rig up a waterproof wristlet out of a ziploc bag and duct tape to keep on you during your run.

  9. Get a good night’s rest, about 8 hours will do you good.

Race Day

  1. Give yourself plenty of time to get going in the morning.

  2. Even though you’re going to get muddy, a shower might wake you up nicely.

  3. Take any medicines or vitamins you’ll need for the day, and take an allergy pill if you’re prone to allergies.

  4. Have a carby-vitamin C breakfast consisting of pancakes and a pear, toast and a banana, waffles and an apple, a bagel and grapefruit…etc.

  5. If you’re a coffee drinker, go ahead and down a mug or 2, but be sure to match your coffee intake with your water intake!

  6. Double-check your things to be sure you have all items needed for your race.

  7. Just before you head out the door, and this is absolutely important–GO POTTY! Do what you’ve gotta do, because most races offer porta-potties, and with all those mud-butts, you won’t be able to tell the difference between a muddy hand print and a “muddy” hand print.

  8. Make sure you budget the time to take pictures and walk from parking to race zone.

  9. Check your bags or have a designated spectator friend responsible for keeping your things safe.

  10. Say a prayer, thank God for your able body, and for giving you the chance to push that given body to its physical limits!

During the Race

  1. Pace yourself. Try to tune out the people around you, and just listen to your own footsteps and breaths.

  2. Listen to your body. Contrary to what others might believe, if you really feel like you need to stop, then STOP! It’s okay, no one’s going to shoot you. You might have a fellow racer encourage you, but that’s meant with the kindest intentions. Try not to make a complete stop unless you fear something is seriously wrong, in which case you’ll need to flag down another runner and ask them to call in some help at the next water station.

  3. Don’t take a deep, cleansing breath while passing or being passed…chances are that person wreaks.

  4. Don’t look back, and in the obstacles, don’t look down!

  5. Don’t be afraid of the mud! Yes, it’s cold, but you’ll live. Get in there and give it your all!

  6. Don’t go hugging spectators or other racers who have already rinsed off after the race is over unless they ask for it.  They don’t like it very much.

So, instead of writing about my feelings this week…because who wants to hear about my opinion on stupid, petty arguments between husbands and wives, and how it just aggravates me to the core when they flash the “D” word around to punish each other and get their way? And who wants to hear about my 7 year-old son’s questions about God and the Birds and Bees and how he now believes that kissing can get you pregnant (because I’m avoiding the subject until Daddy gets home to help with that)? Who wants to sit around and listen to me talk about what crazy thing happened to me in the line at Publix this week (seriously y’all…so weird. I can’t even create a fancy one-liner quip out of it…that weird)? No one wants to hear that stuff, right? So, I’ve decided to skip over all of that this week and offer some friendly advice to any future mud run racers because…..

Activity #41: Mud Run 5K

…my girlfriend, Jennifer W. joined me on my weekly activity for a mud run! We’ve been encouraging each other since the beginning of the Summer, when she, so selflessly, volunteered to take a dive onto the mud pavement with me. I’ve been working out extra hard and taking in lots of extra protein in efforts to beef up my upper body strength for the obstacles, and it totally paid off! My legs feel like jello right now, and I’ll be cleaning mud out of my ears for the next week, but it’s okay, because this was so much fun! If you’re sitting at home, waiting on your spouse who might be TDY or deployed, check out any mud runs that might be coming to your town soon. There are so many out there, constantly circulating throughout the year, so you’ll always have one coming up. Have a group of friends join you or do it with your spouse if he/she is home! My husband and I did it together last year, and that was awesome too! If you’re competitive, then do it for the prize, if not, then do it for the laughs! But either way, you should totally do it!  If you’re a beginner runner, here are a couple of links to help you get started :

Learn to Run

Learn to Run

5K Training Plan

5K Training Plan

2012: The Year I participated in a Mud Run…again.

Looking classy in my racing outfit. Hello little Idan!

My boys came out for moral support (and…because I take them everywhere with me 😉

had to zoom in on this guy…

Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, Quiet Riot, Queen, and Neon Trees were on my race-day pump-up list.

We DID IT!!!!

The boys had a blast in the mud too!

Got our swag on with the mud run T-shirts!

Cole wrote a letter to Dad at the Operation Gratitude Tent. God is going to put this in the hands of a soldier that really needs this message, I’m sure of it.

My boys and I had an awesome day hanging out at the muddy festivities, but we were ready for NAPS!!!

I’d like to give a special thanks to the Hero of the Day, Marcus W. who kept my boys and his 2 boys throughout the entire duration of the race morning/afternoon. What a trooper! And he did it all with a humble smile. Thank you so much, Marcus! You’re so very appreciated!

If you missed last week, I created a facebook page to keep up with my readers throughout the week. Please, take a quick Like Me! moment to hop over there and like my page for inside peeks, to add your own suggestions, or tell me how you’re turning your own separation time into something neat to look back on, rather than a dark cloud hanging over your head. I’d love to hear from you!

Countdown to the Spartan Race has officially begun…


Until next week, send your crazy to me, since I’m going there anyway!


Hey, if you have a moment, please say a prayer for our good friend, Cheech. He’s been stationed overseas too, and got some difficult news that his mom is in need of a transplant. He’s flying home within these next couple of days to see if he’s a match. He would appreciate all of the prayers we can pray. Please lift his mother up and pray that he is a match! Thank you guys! Y’all are awesome!

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