Completing Tough Mudder is one of the most satisfying accomplishments you can achieve. With most of the preparation now done there are just a few things that can give you an edge for the main event. Here are our top ten tips in a step-by-step guide to ensure that you smash event day.
1. Prepare For All Eventualities
This is the UK and although that normally means grey skies and rain, sometimes the weather can be as unpredictable as Electroshock Therapy. Check the weather for your venue the morning of your event. If it is cold and raining you’ll need extra layers (for during and afterwards) and extra carrier bags but if by some miracle it’s looking sunny make sure you’re slapping on that high factor sun cream, bring the sunnies and plenty of water. Seriously, sunburn clashes with the orange headband.
2. Bring Clean Underwear
Yes. You did read that correctly. As well as a clean set of clothes and a towel you’re going to want some clean pants and socks too. Believe us when we say that every single inch of you is going to get wet and muddy and there ain’t nothing worse than wet kegs.
If you still haven’t prepped your event day gear, then don’t forget to check out our advice on the best kit to wear on course.
3. Get Some Carbohydrates in at Breakfast
Similarly to the night before, priming the body with carbohydrates at breakfast is one way to ensure that your performance does not suffer during the day. Stick to breakfast meals and products you have used in the build up to Tough Mudder; porridge, toast, cereal, bagels and fruit juice are all great choices. Try to keep fat and fibre to a minimum too, otherwise you might find you’re hunting for a portaloo after the first obstacle.
4. Check the Facebook Group
Seriously. Any last minute event updates will be posted in the Facebook group. This may range from start time changes, weather updates or even a funny snap from course. The link is available to join in your pre-event emails.
5. Remember Your ID
Yes, you won’t get in without flashing yours at the check in desk.
6. Check Your Information Pack
Seems obvious, but many forget. This contains EVERYTHING you need to know about your Tough Mudder event. Start times, what’s in the village, obstacle/course highlights and all the FAQs – forget to read this and you’ll be screwed.
7. Bring a Plastic Bag
The most obvious, but believe it or not, the most common question at our Information Desk. Please remember to bring a bag to put your wet/muddy clothes in afterwards.
8. Map Out A Meeting Point
If you’re coming with a team then pick a point to meet in case you get separated through out the day. Of course you’ll take on the course together but once you’ve got your headband and people are disappearing off to get changed, find food and drink or buy sweet event-day merch it’s easy to lose track. Plus, with so many people in one place and the fact that Tough Mudder takes place in a big old field, don’t expect much signal.
So pick a spot and agree with everyone that if you get split up that’s where you’ll reconvene.
9. Eat a Meal You Enjoy Afterwards – You Deserve It
Eat a meal you enjoy, this is a celebration. The meal should be rich in carbohydrates (as if we needed to tell you that) to top up those stores in the body which are likely to be pretty low having just completed the course. But really, have whatever the hell you want, you earned it out there in the mud.
10. Book Your Next Tough Mudder
Once you’ve crossed the finish line you’re going to feel an incredible mix of emotion, plus exhaustion and probably hunger. You’re going to want to run it again, we can tell you that now. So keep an eye on your inbox in the days after your event because we’ll be sending you our best deals for next year – seriously you’ll be able to buy a ticket at the lowest price possible.