One of my big concerns regarding the tough mudder race was what the )(&(* to wear. I mean you are running for 12 miles, but you are also climbing mountains of dirt, as well as submerging yourself in freezing cold water. What to do ?
Well here is what I did and it worked for me.
First up - I used my Brooks Cascadia Trail Shoes. They were brand new and they are fine, I just washed them off. They were great, I noticed that one of my teammates would have a hard time making it up the dirt/mud hills, but i was fine, I owe that to the grip on the trail shoes. NO blisters.
SOCKS - mucho importante. I was told to get think socks, even though I think about freezing cold and want nice warm socks. I listened and went to Roadrunners, and asked for thin socks. The salesperson suggested the elite RR brand, again no blisters and somehow my toes were fine at the end of the race. I thought for sure i would have that numb frostbite feeling for a good day. NOPE.
Next up - I wear orthotics which I did not want to ruin, so I used a pair of Superfeet orthotics and they were perfect. My arch does not hurt
Clothing - we (my team) all wore under armor cold gear compression gear, both pants and a mock turtleneck top. I was amazed and how great this product is. I was warm and after jumping in ice cold water I was actually ok. It dried quick. It really was amazing.
Gloves - I wore a pair of gardening gloves. I picked them out on my own b/c they looked like they had a good grip and would keep me warm. The brand is mud glove. I was happy with them. They did the job.
I wore a buff around my neck and that helped going thru the fire to help me not get the smoke in eyes/throat. Lastly, I used a bathing cap once we jumped off the 15 feet plank into the cold water and that sucker stayed in my head the rest of the race, i swear it kept me warm.
Also, I would like to thank my extra body fat that I am normally upset about b/c clearly that insulated me and I was able to perform and not get hypothermia. So body fat, I thank you.