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Getting Into Trail Running October 26 2016, 0 Comments

Running is an impressively versatile activity – you can run 100 meters on a track, 100 miles up the side of the mountain, a 10k over an obstacle course, or any other practically innumerable combinations of distance and terrain – and therein lies its beauty and, at least for me, its appeal. Like many others, when I began running endurance events, I started on roads and the typical distances: 5k, 10k, half marathon, the marathon. It wasn't until I had been running for several years that I learned about the whole other as-yet untapped realm of running that I hadn't yet explored: trail running.

If you're already a regular 5k or 10k runner, I bet you'll be surprised at how easily you, too, can make the transition from running primarily on roads to running primarily on trails. You'll of course also get all the side benefits from running on trails – such as a totally indescribable appreciation for (and access to) nature, far exceeding what you'd be able to usually experience; a hippy-dippy feeling like you're becoming more “zen” and centered; and hey, practically speaking, running trails will probably help you get faster on roads over time, since running trails will make you less injury-prone (think of all those “little stabilizer muscles” that you'll be developing when you're running trails); – and fortunately, getting started on trails is easier than you think.

Here are some tips on getting started:

Look at a map, and see what's around you. You're ready to run trails? Awesome. Before you get ready to go run into the nearest wood sand hope for the best, check out a map and see what's around you. It might be obvious, but if you're a trail n00b, one of the easiest ways to find trail running opportunities is to simply look for the big patches of green – indicating forests or parks – on a map. Similarly, look for bodies of water, since oftentimes there will be trails adjacent to them. Who knows? Maybe there will be some trail opportunities nearer to you than you had imagined. If not, consider saving your trail forays for the weekend mornings, when you have a little more time than usual to run.

Find some experts. The internet is invaluable for bringing people together, and it's especially helpful in situations like these, when you're the new kid trying something out for the first time. Do some internet searching to see if there are any trail running groups in your area. When you're doing something new for the first time, it's always helpful to do so under the watchful eye of someone more experienced, and connecting with a trail running group will help ensure that you hook-up with a more experienced trail runner who can give you (solicited or unsolicited) words of advice. Bonus: most likely, experienced trail runners will be able to make sure that you don't get lost the first few times you go run in the woods. :) Chances are high that many of these experienced trail runners originally began running just like you did – 5ks or 10ks on roads – so definitely use their sagaciousness to your advantage. Learn from their trials and tribulations to help make your transition as seamless as possible.

Get the gear … maybe. Eventually. While running is naturally a pretty simple and straightforward sport, we runners like to have our stuff – our gear. You'll soon learn that there is an entirely different market that caters to trail running, and it can be really tempting to want to splurge on everything all at once, especially when you are first beginning. Take a step back and wait. It's likely that the stuff you already have from roads running will work just fine on the trails. Trial and error – giving yourself the opportunity to have trial and error – will teach you what is essential for you to spend your money on. Start small with affordable gear pieces that can add comfort and enjoyment like a good pair of trail running socks. Plus, saving money on some gear purchases will allow you to use that money for trail races, my next point…

Race trails! As a road runner, you already know the magic of race day. Pinning on a bib, lining up with a whole bunch of perfect strangers, and running to your heart's desire: few things in life are better than this. You'll likely find that the environment of trail racing is a little more subdued and chill, but it's still definitely exciting and invigorating – especially since you're running through woods and trails instead of business districts and residential neighborhoods. You have the luxury of being able to race anything from a 5k all the way up to a 100-miler (and beyond) on trails, so it ultimately boils down to picking a distance that's a good fit for you and one that you can safely and effectively train for. Use your local trail running group's words of wisdom when you're selecting your trail races – I bet that they've probably run many of the local ones already – and go out there and enjoy yourself. Another bonus? Racing trails means that you earn yourself a whole new set of trails-specific PRs, since roads/trails racing is inherently different.

If you've been racing 5ks and 10ks on the roads for quite some time, making the transition to trail running will be easier than you think. A little research can go a long way, and before too long, you'll find yourself standing at the starting line of your first trail race, staring down the side of a mountain (or into a thick, dense forest, perhaps) wondering what took you so long to get there. 

 

Writer’s Bio:

Dan Chabert

Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Dan is an entrepreneur, husband and ultramarathon distance runner. He spends most of his time on GearWeAre.com,  runnerclick.com and nicershoes.com. He has been featured on runner blogs all over the world.

 

 

 


The Ultimate OCR Pre-Race Checklist May 05 2016, 0 Comments

What to bring to your obstacle race

 

Besides proper training, eating right, and getting your mind prepared for an OCR race - it's critical to have the day before all planned out and ready before you hit the course. We've made a short checklist below to help you prepare before, during, and after an OCR race. Good luck, race hard, and crush it!

  1. Your ID and race registration. Don't come all the way to a race and forget this critical first step. Keep a photocopy on your phone in image or PDF file to be safe.
  2. Cash for parking and the event area. Head there early to find a good spot, stretch out, and get mentally prepared before the race.
  3. Something to eat and drink before the race. Go with what your stomach already knows and avoid heavy foods. Many racers we know go with smoothies since it's easily absorbed by the body.
  4. Race clothes. Avoid cotton at all costs since it stays heavy and wet once it gets in contact with water or mud. Go with performance fabrics, preferably MudGear. 
  5. Protective Gear. Compression socks, arm sleeves, and gloves for protection if you plan to attack the course. Preferably MudGear too if possible.
  6. Shoes with good tread. You don't want to be the one slipping down a hill that's wet and muddy because your shoes had poor grip!
  7. Sunscreen. Just because you are cold and wet doesn't mean you are protected from the sun's UV rays.
  8. Old Towels. You won't get all the way clean after a race, but they will help!
  9. Change Of Clothes. Depending on where you run, a jacket or small blanket might be useful too afterwards.
  10. Garbage Bag. For your dirty and muddy clothes
  11. Extra Shoes. Self-explanatory
  12. First Aid Kit. Band-aids, ibuprofen, and other items for cuts and bruises.
  13. Sunglasses. Because who doesn't want to look good jumping over the fire?
  14. Phone. Chances are you're reading this on one, so if you take a selfie and use #MudGear you'll get a chance to win some free gear!

Until next time, 

Team MudGear


The #1 Question To Ask Yourself After A Race January 20 2016, 0 Comments

A pro tip from Team MudGear Athlete Laura Lunardi

In the world of GPS, heart monitors, time clocks, and OCR rankings – we spend so much of our time worrying about the numbers. How was today’s run? Did we reach our target heart rate? Was that a podium finish? Did you PR? As competitive athletes, it’s naturally in our blood, spirit, and mind.

But are we missing something bigger?

Perhaps we’re too concerned about the numbers. Now we quantify just about everything from nutrition, fitness, and races. We also have to remember so many passwords, access codes, social security numbers, and PINs. 

As competitors, it’s definitely hard not to pay attention to all of these things. Yes, they are important, especially if you have set goals in certain areas. But are they so important that we forget why we run (or race) in the first place?

 

Nobody ever asks: “How did you feel after your race today?”

I’m the first to admit that I have lofty goals for just about every race I enter. I usually have a specific finishing time or overall gender placement I’d like to reach. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to achieve most of my racing goals.

However, along with all of the “good” races, I’ve certainly had my share of bad ones. There have been times where I’ve finished with a PR, but didn’t feel “right” during the race. I’ve also had morning runs where the successful time doesn’t reflect how physically awful I felt. So really…how important are the numbers?

In my last race of 2015 (the Palm Beach Marathon), I finished as the 2nd overall female.  

Great, right?

Truth is, I felt miserable the whole time. It may have been the worst I’ve ever felt in a race (probably nothing related to my 3rd place finish the previous day at the Spartan Miami Sprint…). Was it satisfying to stand on the podium at the awards ceremony? Honestly, no.

Sometimes the most enjoyable runs I’ve taken were the ones where I left my GPS at home. Or when I don’t look at my watch until I’m back home running up the driveway. Runs where I ran based on how I was feeling - not by what the numbers on my watch were showing.

Does this mean I will stop counting my cumulative miles? Abandon my GPS watch? Forget about the clock? Not worry about placement? Ignore the numbers on my training schedule?

No. But it does mean I will savor the times when I can run without the distractions of numbers floating around in my head. I will enjoy the feeling of strong, swift legs and easy breathing, not necessarily the feeling of a PR.  And hopefully with the perfect mix of the two, there will be even more happy running in 2016.

Laura Lunardi

 

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How to “Survive” Tough Mudder’s Most Frightening Obstacles October 30 2015, 0 Comments

A Mudman Pro Tip from Kevin "Mudman" LaPlatney - (Halloween Edition)

While we all know Tough Mudder is “not a race, but a challenge,” a big part of their slogan comes from the fact that a number of fear-facing tasks await you in their 10-12 mile events. While little of the course is truly physically strenuous, here are some of the phobia-centric obstacles that many Mudders would sooner skip than miserably attempt, with tips on how you can get through them a little easier.

Shawshanked

Like the namesake movie starring Tim Robbins, a long and dark inclined sewage pipe opens to drop into a muddy pool of freedom below, testing your fears of the dark and heights.

TIP: Try night swimming, preferably not in shark infested ocean water though. The drop from Shawshanked tube isn’t very high, so even just a closed eyes jump or backwards fall into a pool might get you prepared for the fall.

Birth Canal

I’m not sure many remember their actual birthday entry into the real world, but this is Tough Mudder’s recreation - having to crawl and push through a narrowing path while a water-filled liner squeezes down on you from above.  

TIP: Don’t worry, even in this “womb”, there is enough air to breathe but you’ll need to lay out flat to move more comfortably. Bear crawling only gets you part way as the space narrows, so work on doing army crawls with weight or a heavy pack/ruck to get used to the pressure on your back. 

 

Cry Baby

Like a police academy hazing or just a locker room full of too much Icy-Hot, the crawl through a tear gas filled enclosed tent isn’t an enjoyable stay if you’re stuck there very long.

 

TIP: Sure, you can douse yourself for weeks in some sports cream or Vick’s VapoRub, but that still may not take the sting out this task on race day. Instead, work on being able to crawl with eyes squinted so as to limit their exposure to the chemicals in this harsh (but apparently safe) gas. I guess you could also pack some ski or swim goggles with you for this obstacle, but that wouldn’t be very Mudderly.  

 

Electroshock Therapy

Quite likely Mudder’s most infamous 10 second torture chamber, having to run through a corridor of hanging live electric wires is something you probably have to be off your rocker to actually enjoy. And like a Cialis commercial, only adults healthy enough to engage this should even attempt running through, as it could have some potential health risks. 

 

TIP: In no way would I suggest “practicing” for the voltage zap of wires tied to car batteries because that’s just stupid. If you’re hoping to complete it but without the bragging rights of mild electrocution, you could take your time and try evading the wires or low crawling to be below them, but that's the best advice I can offer. Otherwise, just throw in the towel and skip this one - never been a fan.

Arctic Enema

The drama that surrounds this ice bath obstacle has little merit. Hypothermia is extremely unlikely since you are “in it” for such a short time, unless you drop your car keys and need to go dumpster diving for a while. The two biggest effects are muscle cramping from the temperature shock, or maybe a temporary headache (think ice cream brainfreeze) for a couple minutes after you exit.

 

TIP: Believe it or not, this is one obstacle that you really can actually train for this with cold showers or icy tub sessions. Doing so is not just a way to survive the obstacle, but a great daily recovery tool after your workout or run too (you do exercise also, right?).

 

 

 


The Best Way to Wash Your Clothes After a Mud Run October 15 2015, 0 Comments

A Mudman Pro Tip from Kevin "Mudman" LaPlatney

It’s been said a good obstacle race should leave every inch of you, and what you’re wearing, completely covered in mud. For most, that look is a sign of total badasseryTM and likely ends up being their best Instagram pic for at least that week. However, spouses and roommates alike may not share in the feeling when you bring home that pile of dirty stinkin’ laundry. So, here’s a quick strategy guide on the best way to wash your clothes after a mud run that will help you avoid sleeping in the doghouse, out in the backyard, where it’s also quite dirty… 

Spray wash clothes after a mud run with a water hoseSince a lot of races like to place their most epic mud obstacles toward the finish line, odds are the water that made that area all mucky isn’t too far away. My first advice is to seek out where you plan to clean off right after the race is over, while you are still soaked (but after the selfie shots are secured of course). The obvious destination is the shower or hosing-off station, but sometimes a pond or lake is nearby, where you can make your initial attempt to pre-rinse your mud-caked clothes, shoes, and body. You know you’re not getting everything spic-and-span here, but this step might save your washing machine and bathtub from a lot of mess, and even potential damage, later on at home.  

I always bring a large garbage bag to carry this soaking wet race outfit, and also keepCleaning up after a mud run is the final obstacle it from leaking all over the car on the ride home provided you are now in a clean(er) change of clothes for the drive/flight. If you’re staying a last night in a hotel and don’t have any plans other than a refueling dinner and maybe an adult beverage to celebrate the race, you can always kill an hour or two using their laundry machines and again save your own from getting hit with the residual dirt. But if you are dragging that sopping wet pile of clothes home, it might make sense to give it one last blast with the hose out in the driveway. You’ll be shocked at how much dirty silt is still hiding in your clothes even after that. I usually find that socks, compression sleeves, and even race shorts (with zipper pockets opened) often need a second rinse done inside-out to finally get back to looking like new. A little Febreze after everything’s clean and dry doesn’t hurt either.    

How to Clean Your Shoes After a Mud Run

If there’s anything you ought to give the most care to cleaning, it’s your precious OCR running shoes. Take good care of them, and they’ll return the favor at your next race. I know you may be saying, “but they’ll just get muddy again next week”, but there’s also a certain psychological advantage to toeing the start line the following weekend with shoes that look (and smell) fresh. Trust me. While the hose-down may be good enough for most pairs of sneakers, here’s an instructional video for those that want to go the extra mile (no pun intended) for your #1 racing kicks:
 

The Awful Infections of OCR You Must Avoid! July 20 2015, 0 Comments

Similar catchy and fear inducing headlines like this one have recently cropped up again with new stories of obstacle racing health hazards that warn of disease, plague, and man eating parasites.  Sure, there are real documented cases of pig sty nastiness, and some individuals have suffered dreadful fates, but there’s also clearly a large dose of media sensationalism at play here.  What is even more apparent is the effort by some (perhaps even subconsciously) to write off the sport of Obstacle Racing as something that only crazy people do.  If you can paint for yourself a picture of OCR that is too dangerous, too unhealthy, and too crazy, then you don’t have to deal with it.  You can ignore your primal urge to get out and test yourself on the course.  In fact, those who dismiss it, and seek to justify their avoidance are ironically the people who are most in need of the visceral awakening that OCR delivers.

So, in the spirit of non-avoidance, let’s look at these health hazards and tackle how to deal with them head on.  First, you must recognize that headlines aside, Obstacle Course Racing is risky business.  But bubonic plague is not your first concern.  You will face many physical challenges in the course of your race that are foreign to your day job.  Scrapes, blisters and rope burns are inevitable, and you’ll proudly show them off to your co-workers on Monday.  Those are not injuries, those are badges of honor.  An injury is a whole different matter and involves broken bones, stretchers, and sadly even a few deaths each year.  The same can be said for skiing, surfing, hiking and countless other adventure activities.  Add to that list crossing the street and driving.

If you have steeled yourself for the physical risks, you are 99% ready to tackle the course.  But since the great outdoors does present some dangers you won’t find in a plush yoga studio, let’s look at how to deal with the number one health risk: infection.Mud Run Injuries can lead to infection if not treated

​​The majority of OCR events are held in rural areas or fields commonly frequented by animals where topsoil is contaminated with fecal matter from domestic and wild animals.  Races run on cow and pig farms are the perfect breeding grounds for serious infections such as E. coli, Staphylococcus and yes, albeit very rarely, even f​lesh-eating bacteria (Necrotizing Fasciitis).  These serious infections are extremely rare but make the best headlines.​  

Contaminated mud becomes hazardous when introduced to any break in your skin.  Infections occur when organisms enter your body through cuts or abrasions.  Skin infections such as pustular follicular dermatitis, cellulitis, pyoderma​ and scabies have also ​been documented.  

OCR injuries from calf burn are common from ropes

One of the most common areas for cuts and abrasion is the back of the calf and lower leg due to obstacles like the rope traverse.  A high compression sock is often the best defense against this common injury and entry point for infection.

Another problem area is your hands.  If you don’t work with your hands daily or you have many callouses from weekend lumberjacking, you should consider wearing gloves.  Obstacle race gloves prevent rope burns, provides protection from splinters, bruising, and rough obstacles components like chain, wood, cinder block.  Gloves also improve grip on rope obstacles and help when crawling over rocky surfaces or doing burpees in the dirt.

Other general precautions to keep in mind the next time you hit the course include packing an antibacterial ointment, like neosporin, or hydrogen peroxide wipes to clean any cuts and scrapes.  It's also a good idea to shower or clean up as best you can immediately following the race using soap. Although you are not likely to get completely clean until you get home, some experienced racers bring their own water jugs or spray tanks to make sure they can still wash off a bit directly after races.

While the headlines might seem scary, the best way to prevent infection is to cover and clean yourself up well (and don't chug the mud).  ​Your odds of catching a serious disease are slim.  With a few precautions, good packing and smart racing you can substantially reduce your chances of catching something nasty.  So, face your fears and get out there!

 

 

 

 


Ahhhhhh - Smells like Race Season!   April 06 2015, 0 Comments

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We know many of you are gearing up for Spring races, because more training and race prep questions have been coming into our inbox.  One of the most popular questions we get is some variation of... How do I take my performance to the next level?  Of course that depends on where you are now, and what type and distance race you have on the calendar, but let's take a sprint distance course (3 to 5 miles) and break down our top essential tip.  This will help get you ready for some of the top events this month like the Charlotte, New Jersey and the Tri-State area Spartan Sprint races.

Top Tip: Get your lungs ready!
Being able to run 3 to 5 miles at an even pace is totally different than running 3 to 5 miles at varying pace including bursts of speed between tiring obstacles.  Leading up to a race, we recommend that you bring in some interval training to your runs.  Twice a week, go for a timed run that lasts the length of your goal time for your race.  You will intentionally vary your pace between sprints and recovery runs to work at a range of heart rate zones.  The Sweedish word for this is "Fartlet" which means "spead play".  

So, for example,  if you're training for a sprint that you estimate will take 90 minutes then structure a 90min run similar to the following:15min warmup, 10 rounds of 1min sprint followed by 2min slow jog (30min), 10 rounds of 1.5min fast run followed by 1.5min fast jog (30min), then a 15min cool down.  If you race includes burpee penalties, it's not a bad idea to throw a few rounds of those in as well, as you will need to teach your body to recover on the run after finishing the exercise for better times.

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The Top Teams of Obstacle Course Racing March 16 2015, 1 Comment

Training and racing as part of a Badass OCR team takes the enjoyment to another level.  The bonds formed in the mud are priceless, formed by pushing your teammates over obstacles and past their limits.  These teams caught our eye for their size, enthusiasm, and passion for the sport.  Did we miss a team that should be on this Top OCR Teams list?  Let us know in the comments.

 


Camp Rhino
http://www.camprhino.com/
Camp Rhino offers a training experience like no other. From 10,737 square ft. of Obstacles, CrossFit, Boot Camp and cutting edge exercise equipment, you’ll never be bored with workout again. If you’re planning to go on your first obstacle race soon, they provide a platform for you to progress to unprecedented heights.

 
Canadian Mudd Queens
http://muddqueens.blogspot.com/
This is a Canadian based group, who use their love of mud runs/obstacle course racing to raise awareness and funds for charity. They originally started as a women’s only group but expanded to build “The eh? team" racing team – to include both men and women. They come together to share information, meet training partners, and provide each other support, encouragement and advice.


Chicago Spartan
http://www.teamchicagospartan.com/
www.facebook.com/groups/chicagospartan/
Chicago Spartan was founded in November 2011 with the goal of bringing people together, Helping people get fit and have a good time doing it. Their dream is to get as many people as they can out there to do something, challenge themselves, be better than they were yesterday.

Colorado Obstacle Racers
http://coloradoobstacleracers.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ColoradoObstacleRacersPage/timeline
The team includes athletes of all ages, all abilities and every personal goal imaginable. Mud runs, competitive races, color bomb extravaganzas, team challenges, urban adventures...Colorado Obstacle Racers is THE resource for everything obstacle-related here in Colorado (and even beyond). They offer local calendars, deals, giveaways, training groups, relevant articles, athlete profiles and more. 

Corn Fed Spartans
http://cfsnation.com/
The team was Founded in Oct 2011, and has full support of Obstacle Course Racers everywhere. The Corn Fed Spartans exploded onto the OCR scene in 2012 at the Indiana Spartan Sprint.  Versatility, endurance, and a hunger for adventure are common traits of Corn Fed Spartans.

 
Extreme Fitness LV
http://www.extremefitnesslv.com/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/377302912359337/
The team was founded by Rick Baird, who developed a desire to mentor young kids about proper fitness levels and the impact it has on their ability to attain athletic goals. As a leading provider of fitness in Las Vegas, they take pride in offering the best bootcamp workouts in town! They are dedicated to serving the needs of their customers each and every day. 


F3 Nation
http://f3nation.com/
F3 is Fitness, Fellowship and Faith. It started as a small group of men who workout together, which then turned into an important part of many men’s lives in the Charlotte area. Their workouts are free of charge  - all held outdoors; rain or shine, heat or cold. And it all comes down with a Circle of Trust. The mission of F3 is to plant, grow and serve small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership.


FiA Nation
http://fianation.com
The all-men group - The F3 Nation, inspired the group. Founded by Amy Peacock, nicknamed ChiaPet, who is also the owner of virtualathlete.com. FiA stands for Females in Action. They are a community of women who’s focused on supporting each other to push beyond their comfort zones. The environment brings out the good in each of them and helps them to get fit and be healthy. 


Georgia Obstacle Racers and Mud Runners
www.facebook.com/groups/GORMR
GORMR is a Southeastern community of obstacle course racing athletes based out of Atlanta, GA. They are dedicated to training, racing, recruiting, and involving new athletes, having fun and promoting the sport. They are a diverse group of athletes with different levels of athleticism; however they are one in their love for the sport.  


Gut Check Fitness
http://gutcheckfitness.com
Gut Check Fitness offers world-class OCR Training for those willing to test their courage, determination and character. Founded by Joe & Nicole Decker in 2006, Gut Check is the only Guinness Record Breaking and 2 X Death Race winning Outdoor Fitness Program in the world. "If you want to be the best then you've got to train with the best." Are you ready for a Gut Check?! 

 


Hoorah 2 Heroes (H2H)
http://www.hoorah2heroes.org/
The team which was inspired by the Military,  aims to honor our day to day heroes and the heroes in each of ourselves.  Their mission is to acknowledge and support people, charitable organizations, and special projects that provide aid, strength, and inspiration to others. 


Lone Star Spartans
http://www.lonestarspartans.com
LSS is The Original Texas OCR team. It is dedicated to helping its members and others to have an active lifestyle.  It is one of many teams, which have built their foundation on motivation and positive energy. The team was not built to achieve elite status or to recruit the best racers in Texas - they wish to challenge mental fortitude and shatter physical limitations in people of all fitness levels.


MIAMI Mudders
https://www.facebook.com/MIAMIMudders?fref=nf
The team started as a group of guys getting ready for Navy’s Physical Fitness Test. All of the members were part of the crew of USS Miami, who decided to try signing up for Tough Mudder, and then eventually caught the “OCR Bug”. While the core of the team continues to be active duty submarine sailors, the family has grown to include members from New England to Seattle and from Wisconsin to Florida. They will have a team in races throughout the country. They run in honor of those who have given their lives for our country and they welcome anyone who would like to do the same.


Midwest Vikings
http://midwestvikings.com/
Vikings… Swords and helmets. The team is composed of people in all skill level. They do not discriminate, whatever your past experience, present or future ambitions are.  The group participates in a variety of sports from power lifting, marathons, triathlons, OCR races, mountain biking and more. Each of them strives to achieve mastery in all of it.


Mud and Adventure
https://www.mudandadventure.com/
Not just a team, but a family. Mud and Adventure believes in obstacle racing as a sport.  Because of that they wanted to build a mutually beneficial relationship with the athlete community and promote a team of obstacle racers. Besides being exceptional, accomplished competitors, both on and off the field, Team Mud and Adventure athletes are among the most dedicated and enthusiastic representatives of the sport we all love.

  


MudRunFun
http://www.mudrunfun.com/
This is a growing community founded by Damion and Tracy Trombley. It was created in Florida and has branched out to California, Alabama, Texas and Michigan. MRF is an eclectic mix of OCR talent - a family gathering; dedicated to keep inspiring each other in the group. 


New England Spahtens
http://www.newenglandspahtens.com
It is an obstacle race community for New England based obstacle racers. They provide support to all racers in any level. From encouragement and support on early days, to an organised team, that you can hangout with for discussions and such. They have a great online source of information, race reviews, discount codes, and more. It is basically a community by racers and for racers. 


Team Braveheart                                                                                     
http://www.braveheartathletics.com/
Team Braveheart is a “Worldwide Motivational Team”, compose of men and women of all ages.  Their goal is to motivate the world by sharing their life experiences.  They teach you to overcome your fears and go out of your comfort zones.


Team Burgh
http://www.teamburghocr.com/
Sue and John founded the team in 2011.  Its purpose is to provide the people everything “OCR Related”. They provide an excellent support network for anyone, whether you’re a newbie or an OCR Veteran. 

 

Team Illuminati
www.WeRunEverything.org
Team Illuminati’s core relationships grew organically from friendships across previous teams until the need for a new unique identity was undeniable. The team is about helping members achieve their fitness goals. Whether you are just getting off the couch, an elite athlete, or somewhere in between. They are a not for profit organization with elected officers and board members. Their main purpose is to help educate and encourage people from all walks of life to make healthier life choices, and support them in running and other fitness adventures.

 
Team Never Forget
https://www.facebook.com/teamneverforget
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Never-Forget-Movement/1593063574242034
Relatively new on the scene, is Team Never Forget, with a mission to not only remember the lives of those lost on September 11th, but to spread awareness of those we are still losing due to 9/11 related illness. You will see them on the course carrying the Thin Blue Line flag.


Team Ninja
http://www.teamninja.org
https://www.facebook.com/goTeamNinja/timeline
With the team motto, "Get up and do something new!", Team Ninja has a couple thousand members, with groups in Indiana, Washington, and louisiana. They do Spartan Races, Warrior Dashes, Mudders, and other OCRs as well as road races and GORUCK. They are a growing group of Weekend Warriors and Fitness Afficionados. They take eveything to the heart - it really doesn't matter what you do, just as long as you are doing something and you enjoy it.  


Team Sisu (See’-Soo)
http://www.sisuteam.com/
It was originally created by Daren de Heras (Death Race finisher) as a training experience for those looking to do the Spartan Death Race in Pittsfield, Vermont. The team has been around as long as the weeple army. They are affiliated with the Weeple Army. It is an extreme training and racing team, whose purpose is to "Forge Unbreakable Athletes".  Team SISU is built on the foundation of going above and beyond limits.


Team Strength and Speed
http://www.teamstrengthspeed.com/
The team was founded in early 2013 with the slogan –  “If you want something you never had, you have to be willing to do something you have never done”.  Like the name itself, the team simultaneously focuses on strength and speed.  Although members of the group live all across the country, they communicate and motivate each other via the Internet. It is a group of elite obstacle racers that come from a variety of backgrounds, including running, Crossfit, bodybuilding, ultra-running, triathlon, cycling and powerlifting.


Warrior State of Mind
https://www.facebook.com/WarriorStateofMindSpartanRace/info?tab=page_info
The team started in 2011. It is dedicated to all obstacle race enthusiasts. They are recruiting athletes in all levels, shapes, sizes and colors – who are willing to discuss racing tactics, training tips, alert others of upcoming races, and all other things obstacle course racing.

 


Weeple Army
http://www.weeplearmy.com/
By the name itself, they are the army of fun! Dave Huckle - who was an obstacle racing addict, founded the group. They are an army of obstacle racers each and all dedicated to the sport of OCR. They are named as Spartan Race Biggest Team of 2012. They are focused on obstacle races, but they are more of a family. They spend just as much time doing road and trail races too. “No Weeple left behind. Helping is the Weeple way.”


 


Should I wear gloves in a mud run? October 17 2014, 0 Comments

If you are training for a mud run or obstacle race, you will probably have questions about the best gear to wear. Most online sources agree on the basics like wicking fabrics and shoes with good tread, but there are many conflicting opinions about gloves. We reviewed all the online advice we could find and filtered through endless threads in social media sites debating the subject to come up with these findings.

Pros
• Prevents rope burn, and generally improves grip on rope obstacles
• Provides protection from splinters, bruising and other injury
• Protection from rough obstacle components like chain, wood, cinder block
• Helps when crawling over rocky surfaces or doing burpees in the dirt
• Can keep hands warmer in cold races

CONS:
• May be useless for grip when muddy and wet
• Some types are insanely slippery when wet
• Notoriously bad on monkey bars
• Can hold and carry water
• May deaden your sense of feel (Esp. with Spear throw)

We found several credible athletes who reported their experiences having run major races with and without gloves. They claimed that the race itself made a difference citing the mud-heavy Tough Mudder as less likely to need gloves compared to the rope-heavy Spartan Race where they proved more useful. 

The weather is another factor that could influence your decision to use gloves in a mud run. In rainy conditions, all obstacles will tend to be covered in mud making most gloves to slippery to use. However, for cold weather races (or those where there are still snow on the ground) do wear gloves. Because frankly, frozen hands are absolutely useless on most obstacles.

When it comes to using mud run gloves, you can also let your own hands be the judge. If you have tough hands from outdoor work or training, you’ll be fine without. If you don’t work with your hands or have many callouses from weekend lumberjacking, maybe you should. 

Perhaps the best answer is to have them if and when you need them. You don't have to wear them if you can figure out a way to take them with you. Put them in a pocket or waste-band or stow them in a small pack if you are carrying water. There are options for a simple and economical pair of gloves that could save your hands or help you conquer an obstacle. If you lose them, it's at most a $15 loss, but if you need them, they are invaluable.

If this is the approach for you, there are several things that you should look for in mud run gloves. The most important features are:

  • Minimal water retention
  • Great grip
  • Palm cushioning

With these features in mind, we highly recommend the MadGrips Pro Palm Obstacle Race Gloves. While there is no such thing as a miracle glove that will enable you to stick to monkey bars coated in wet mud, we find these to be considerably better than others they've tried. They are perhaps the best gloves available for ropes, even when wet or muddy.

Bottom line, these tough mud run gloves are cheap enough to wear without worrying about ruining them in the muck, and they will take abuse and last a long time through many tough training workouts and races.

We hope this summary will help you decide if you will wear or carry gloves with you on your next obstacle race. Either way, good luck!