I didn’t take my phone with me to take pictures because I didn’t want to risk getting it muddy. All photos are courtesy of Aloha, Dirty Girl Mud Run, and Gameface Media.
A couple weeks ago I ran my first Dirty Girl mud run. The Dirty Girl mud run is an all-women and all-levels 5k run with 10-12 obstacles and lots of mud. These tips are specifically for the Dirty Girl run, but some of the tips could also be applicable to other mud runs as well.
1. Wear clothes that you don’t mind losing when you’re done. I wore these compression capris, and they made it out okay. But I tossed my socks, underwear, shirt, and sports bra. They probably could have been salvaged if I had been willing to put in the effort, but I had already planned on throwing them out when I was done.
2. Wear comfortable shoes that are old or cheap. You’re probably not going to want to keep these when you’re done either. Dirty Girl will have a place where you can put shoes when you’re done to be cleaned and donated.
3. The tighter, the better. Mud is going to get everywhere. You don’t want mud inside your shorts or pants to be dragging them down as you’re trying to complete the course.
4. Take advantage of the free checked bag. Dirty Girl offers one free bag check per runner. Use a backpack or gym bag to bring a change of clothes, flip flops, a washcloth, a towel, and a trash bag. You’ll be able to rinse off using hoses, but a washcloth will help you get off more dirt than just water. Dry yourself off, change, and throw everything dirty in the trash bag. Note: the hose stations aren’t private so you’ll want to wear under clothes you’re comfortable stripping down to in front of other women.
5. Bring an extra towel for the ride home. Even though you’re going to be a lot cleaner after rinsing and changing, you still might not want to sit directly on your car seat.
6. Don’t keep anything on you when you run. This includes jewelry, fitness trackers, keys, phones, and anything else you don’t want to get dirty. Unless you skip a lot of the obstacles, you’ll have mud everywhere.
7. Have fun! The Dirty Girl mud run is truly an all levels course. While some obstacles are more challenging than others, none of them are all that difficult. At the end of the day it’s about having fun and be able to laugh at yourself as you complete each obstacle.