10 Reasons To Try A Mud Run

By: Emily Asciutto | emily.asciutto@activecities.com

Mud Runs have become increasingly popular among athletes, thrill seekers, and even the average joe. Races like the Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race are filled with challenging obstacles that test your fitness levels along with your mental toughness. At first glance, these courses might seem daunting and too difficult to try. Despite that, one of the best things about these races is nearly every obstacle is in the mud, adding an element of fun throughout the entire experience. Here are 10 reasons why you should definitely sign up for a mud run, if you haven’t already!  If you’re looking for more ways to add some spice in your workouts here a list of challenges to tackle next! http://activecities.com/blog/10-challenging-events-to-try-if-you-are-a-freak-of-nature/


1. THE COURSE WILL TEST YOUR STRENGTH & ABILITITES

Mud races are not meant to be easy! They are filled with challenging obstacles spread out over miles of land. If your typical 5k race isn’t challenging enough for you, or just need some adventure in your life this is the race for you.  These courses are usually hilly and on uneven terrain. It’s a great way to test your fitness limits, as you climb, run, jump, and tackle each obstacle.


2. IT’LL GIVE YOU SOMETHING TO TRAIN FOR

Like any race, signing up is great motivation to get you moving. The training is half the battle, the upcoming date will give you something to work for. You don’t have to be in the best shape to do a mud run, but it definitely makes it easier. Signing up with a friend can help motivate each other while having fun doing it.


3. IT’S GREAT FOR BUILDING COMRADERY

Many people complete these races as a team. For a lot of the obstacles, you need your friends to help you get through it. Doing a mud race is a great way to build camaraderie. Its definitely something that would be interesting for the whole family to come out and watch. Its a great added bonus to be able to spend time with family and friends! You can also get clever with your team and dress up in costumes.


4. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT TIME YOU FINISH

These races are not about what time you finish in, it’s about the experience. You are able to take your time to enjoy each obstacle as well as play in the mud.   What makes these races so great is everyone that finishes is a winner. You may even surprise yourself at how well you do.


5. IT’LL BOOST YOUR ATHLETIC CONFIDENCE

After completing the race, you’ll have such a sense of accomplishment and feel so empowered that you might just sign up another one. The adrenaline rush after doing something you never thought you’d do will be so rewarding, who knows what you’ll tackle next.


6. UM… YOU GET TO PLAY IN THE MUD

Mud Runs bring out your inner child. This is the perfect excuse to get down and dirty without any judgmental looks. Who’s to says you’re too old to play in the mud? It’s a way to get down and dirty while sliding, jumping and splashing around in mud. Plus your parents won’t get mad for the mess.


7. IT’S A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE THAT WILL GIVE YOU LASTING MEMORIES

Completing a mud race is definitely a one of a kind experience, that will leave with you a bank of memories to share with friends and family. You’ll leave a little grimy but with a perfect story to tell.


8. IT’LL FORCE YOU TO FACE YOUR FEARS, AND CONQUER THEM

Some races have obstacles that include fire, swimming through ice or even electric shock. Every obstacle is meant to test your fears and mental strength, challenging you to push through it. In the end, you will feel that you’ve achieved something you never thought of doing and a check off your bucket list.


9. YOU’LL LEAVE WITH SOME COOL SWAG & BRAGGING RIGHTS

You are part of the elite after completely a race, so wear that headband proudly, especially if you have more than one. I’d advise you not to wear white, I hear mud stains are a nightmare to get out.


10. IT’S FUN!

Mud runs and obstacle races will test your limits no doubt, but guaranteed you’ll have a blast doing it! Its always a great idea to add some spice in your workout routine, you’ll never know what new and excited thing is awaiting you around the  corner.