It’s got to be the shoes

One thing that was brought to my attention recently was that running shoes might not cut it for the Tough Mudder. Participants are going to be running across varied terrain, sometimes at steep inclines, and running shoes aren’t designed for that kind of activity. Furthermore, do you really want to ruin a nice pair of running shoes by traipsing through mud, fire and the like?
What I ended up doing was buying a cheap pair of hiking/trail running shoes from Big 5. The tread on the bottom will make it more than effective, and at $19.99 it’s not a big loss if they get ruined.
An important thing to remember is to break in the shoes before the day of the event. Running more than seven miles in brand new shoes could wreak havoc on your feet. I’ve been training the past few days with my new footwear. They are as light as my running shoes, so it has taken some getting used to. But I hope it pays off by giving me more grip and traction at Bear Valley.

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