Wednesday, October 28, 2015

OCR Guide

If you follow my blog, you know I love some good dirty mud runs/OCR run. If you did not know, OCR stands for Obstacle Course Racing. It is a new and upcoming thing. Some people are very serious about it and travel very far to participate in these events. Now they are made for fun, you are not timed and you should enjoy your self. I run in quite a few during the year and they are my favorite runs. They are fun, no stress and you can go at your own pace without worrying about the stress of your time and medals. So here are some tips from me that I believe everyone should read!
1. Read what they email you. Make sure you read the e-mail you are sent before the race because it tells you the important things you need to know. EX. parking, your waiver you need to sign, what to wear, what not to wear, what to bring and what not to bring. 

2. What to wear for a mud run. DO NOT WEAR something you will miss. I always wear old running pants and a cheap tank. Nothing to fancy because I know at the is going to be ruined. I always re use the same clothes for other mud runs that I participate in throughout the year. No need in throwing it away. It washes out fairly easy and typically does not stain.I find that spandex type material is the best. No cotton!!

3. No Cleats! Wear sneakers! Yes the cleats can help you through the mud but on some obstacles you are not allowed to have them .Wear old sneakers. Typically there is a shoe donation at the end if you don't want to take them home with you. I have done that one time but find that keeping my sneakers for my next run is the best. Some people buy cheap shoes and just soak them over night in Oxyclean to get all the mud out.

4. Pack extra! Pack extra towels, flip flops, clothes, and trash bags for the ride home. They are places to get some what clean and you can change into clean clothes before you make the drive home. Unless you like being muddy and that's your thing. I typically make my backseat a changing room with extra towels. 

5. SIGN YOUR WAIVER. You can't run without this and some places charge for a extra copy of one.  Make sure you read the e-mail to see which they do. Typically they have the waiver there for you.

6. Bring ID. They won't know who you are from Jo blow! (also you can't drink after with out it)

7. Run with a team. As you go on some obstacles, you will find some that are hard. Some that a push up one something would help. I always run with 3+ people on these. You help each other out the entire course. 

8. Run. Yes it is a fun run but you need a little training. I also run before hand and try to eat somewhat healthy. 
9. Rinse your clothes out afterwards before washing them. You will be surprised the amount of sand you have in your clothes. 

10.. HAVE FUN!

Any tips I left out? Let me know below!!

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