Shoes for Tough Mudder

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OK, so I’m runner.  That’s what I do because it loosely fits my job description as a personal trainer. So I am a bunch of stuff if you look at it like that. I am a nutritionist, an MMA practitioner, Yogi, paleo buff, etc.  So I wear more hats than the Atlanta Braves. One thing I am not though is some wasteful joker who likes to ruin a pair of shoes like I did last year running the Tough Mudder in Colorado. Great event, GREAT EVENT!  I had so much fun until I realized that I had worn the most candy ass pair of shoes possible for a sludge fest such as Tough Mudder.  Each step I took in that event I kept a memento of the last few feet I’d run in the form of mud and unwanted water weight.  My Nike Free just would not drain water and they were holding onto mud like the last piece of bacon at Sunday breakfast at Na-Na’s house.  I still ran a decent time because of my sheer gusto, but I didn’t dominate like I should have. On top of that my shoes were so stained and infused with puke and filth that I decided to donate them, lol.  My apologies to whoever got those kicks.  I should’ve shot them into the sun instead.
On my path of redemption from candy assed-ness I discovered a couple of shoes that I will serve to prepare me for domination. The main thing I was looking for when I found these shoes was water drainage capability. Some of the characteristics I’ve found inadvertently are durability and stain defense which will be big depending on the venue you’re running.

1. New Balance MT 1010 Minimus

New Balance Minimus Trail Alpha Running ShoeI like a few things about these.  The first thing only experienced movers might understand. It’s that first wear, lived in feeling. The MT’s feel like that one pair of shoes that you wait 10 years to throw away, or maybe not throw away…..RETIRE. They fit your feet like socks and they’re responsive like a brand new smart phone. I mean damn they are fun to MOVE in. So now when I go buy shoes and socks I wear them so as to ask their opinion of potential additions to the family.
The style of the shoe is such that a few stains build character. They’re technically a minimalist shoe, but the way the heel drops inside you could stand to add an insert if that was your preference.
They wick water away quickly and don’t hold mud in the mesh hardly at all and you could get away with wearing them barefoot because of the make of the interior.
Negatively speaking, what I will say is they do require you to buy about a half size larger than you might normally wear. They’re naturally a bit snug, but that’s because they’re family. I like to keep my family close, not creepy close though.

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2. Salomon Speedcross 3

Salomon's Speedcross 3 Trail Running ShoeIf you’ve got a little more money to spend these are the way to go:  Now, these are not as next-doorsy as my New Balance, but these have got fangs. I mean they really look bad-ass on your foot. Hell, I look faster when I have these on. I feel like I’m favored to win at life all of a sudden. They’re waterproof. You don’t have to tie em(for the lazy, bullied fat kid in all of us) so you don’t have to bend over!
The best part is there is SOOO much traction that it defies logic. Look at the bottom and see for yourself. I could walk up a wall in these bad boys no problem. Truth be told though, I got these online based off a referral I got from a friend out of town.  He suggested I try em and the first 10 miler I ran some threads popped loose, but I had them replaced and I wouldn’t part with em at all. They are definitely going in my Zombie Survivalist kit for when escapin’ ain’t just a suggestion. It’s mandatory. Quote that.

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Should I Wear Boots for Tough Mudder Event?

In the search for the best shoes for tough mudder there have been many questions about whether boots are suitable for competition. Maybe some New-Age boots or a boot-esque type of shoe, but not any heavy clunkers. I discuss my reasoning behind this and make suggestions towards the best shoes for tough mudder for those wanting boot protection and feel in this article.

Should You Wear Boots To Tough Mudder EventIn short, I would NOT suggest wearing boots for tough mudder and here is why. They will end up being very heavy on you if you are trying to set any kind of personal record or be a real competitor in the event. Now if you plan on walking the entire event, boots wouldn’t be a terrible idea, but you’ll likely not be in the front of the pack. There are many shoes for tough mudder that can give you the same benefits as boots, but can also give you a competitiveSalomon XA Pro Mid GTX Shoe for Tough Mudder advantage. For a true competitor, I would suggest Salomon XA Pro Mid GTX which are still lightweight and easy to run in, but they give you all the added support and weather protection that boots have. The Salomon Speedcross 3 is great at this too, but some people do prefer more support than an athletic shoe can provide for this kind of event.

The Salomon XA Pro Mid GTX is the best of both worlds. They provide the classic boot structure, stability and waterproofing, while still being lightweight and comfortable enough to run in without straining your calves or shins. Also these have superior grip! These can be a little more costly than the Speedcross 3 but not if you find a great deal on AMAZON.

Keen Tryon WP Shoe for Tough MudderAnother cost effective solution for those desiring the boot feel would be KEEN shoes. This brand of awesome trail shoes cost a little less than Salomon without sacrificing quality. From talking with other runners and athletes brand name is a personal preference thing, and I suggest trying different brands at some point to make sure you have found your best fit. The KEEN Tryon WP trail running shoes is one of the best shoes for tough mudder. These versatile shoes are supportive and sturdy like a boot, but are lightweight and comfortable to allow you to really lay down some speed in them.

KEEN Verdi II Mid WP Shoe for Tough MudderIf you are dead set on some sort of boot I suggest the KEEN Verdi II Mid WP. This boot has excellent stability and dryness ratings, and is as comfortable as a running shoe. I haven’t tried these personally, but I would like to know how these perform because they have potential to be some of the best shoes for tough mudder.

Do you have a boot or shoe you suggest or had a good experience in Tough Mudder events? Leave a comment below or contact me on the contact page and we will try to include it in our next post!

Watermelon Classic 5k in Jackson

A few weeks ago I got to participate in a 5k in Mississippi. Hot as hades! But… Excellent race! There was a large crowd out and I got to warm the crowd up for the run on a rickety crickety stage. I really thought I was going to: a. Snap the stage in half or b. Snap the stage in half and land on an old person, break their hip, and live with guilt for the rest of my life. Either way I’m really surprised that stage didn’t buckle like cowboy belts.

It was a hot, muggy day, but overall it was a good one and everybody had fun…except for this old guy. I think he passed out in front of a McDonald’s, but he looked tough so I think he made it. I refuse to post my time though because I am not at all happy about it, but I had good reason to stink it up. I know, excuses are for the weak and I normally don’t resort to them, but I did pull my hamstring the week before doing FRONT SQUATS! WTH?? Right? Exactly… One thing a guy at work recommended I try was kinesiotape. It’s relatively new. Got this little blurb from Medicine.net that explains it’s benefits:

Kinesio Tape“On skin, the Kinesio Tape pulls the upper layers of skin, creating more space between the dermis and the muscle. The space created is believed to relieve pressure on the lymph channels in the area between the muscle and the dermis, creating more space for lymph flow and thus better lymph drainage through an affected area. This space also houses various nerve receptors that send specific information to the brain. When the space between the epidermis and the muscle is compressed, such as during an injury, these nerve receptors are compressed and send information to the brain regarding continuous touch, light touch, cold, pain, pressure, and heat. This information causes the brain to send out certain signals to the body on how to react to particular stimuli. Kinesiotape alters the information that these receptors send to the brain and causes a less reactive response in the body, allowing the body to work in a more normal manner and removing some of the roadblocks that normally slow down the healing process. Kinesiotape also is felt to affect deeper tissues in the body. Increased space theoretically allows muscles greater contractility, which in turn pushes more fluid through the muscle, resulting in better muscle performance. The end results are believed to be reduced muscle fatigue, increase in range of motion, and better quality of muscle contraction.”

Sounds good to me!

I’ve bought some, but I haven’t used any yet. I honestly keep forgetting, but I’m about to pick up running my 100 yd sprints so I’ll wear some to help prevent pulling my lame hammy again and tell you all how it does. When I do use it I’ll follow the method in this video. FYI, the chick in it is smokin…..fellas, you’re welcome.

 

Watch the demonstration for Kinesio Tape below.

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PEACE!