April 19 2018
From gear mishaps to nutrition miscues, we’ve all had something go wrong on race day. Five runners share their biggest race-day mistake.
If you’ve signed up for an obstacle race or are considering one, chances are that your friends have already prepped you for what’s to come. In case they haven’t, here are my words of wisdom for what to expect for your first obstacle race.
Don’t take the time to plan a fashionable race outfit. Within seconds of the start, they will most likely be muddy, torn and unrecognizable. It’s more important to wear something that can take a beating. I like to wear something form-fitting, so it doesn’t get in my way.
If the thought of merely a fleck of dirt under your nail makes you squeamish, don’t sign up. It once took me a week to get all the mud out of my left ear, and it only made me smile with each discarded Q-tip.
Truth—I felt like Xena Warrior Princess during my first race, and it has only escalated.
Expect scabbed knees, rope-burned hands and enough scratches to look like a wild cat attacked you.
Don’t blame me if you’re starting to make a race fund to support this amazing habit!
So what do you think? Ready to sign up?