This weekend my husband participated in his second Tough Mudder in Richmond, Illinois. Last year there were just three of them but somehow this year they convinced another two guys to join their team. We drove up at 8 a.m. to the border of Wisconsin to meet up with the rest of the team.
A week before, the ladies chatted and divided up items to bring. I’ve learned to wear layers. It’s early spring and the morning starts off cool but can heat up quickly by the afternoon. Plus, as repeat spectators, we’ve learned to pack just a few items for ourselves and our husbands.
Recommended Spectator List
- Snacks – granola bars, pretzels, apples, carrots
- Hiking or sturdy gym shoes (do not wear flip flops!)
- Rainjacket – wear layers!
- First aid kit
- A small backpack to carry everything
Recommended Participant List
- Extra set of clothes
- Extra pair of shoes
- Large trash bags
- Mudder headband(s)
- Wear a form fitting shirt
The guys completed all of the obstacles and about a dozen miles together in about four hours. It was fun to cheer them on and the other participants. I give major props for anyone who participates in a Tough Mudder. I don’t think I’ll ever give it a go, I’ll stick with a 5K or two and call it a day!