What should I wear for an endurance obstacle race?
Common sense should prevail here. You will be in a lot of mud – so it’s best to avoid anything that’s going to cling or retain water and weigh you down.
It’s also vital that you get your footwear right – having good traction is important if you are to get through the course successfully. Also, you need to make sure your shoe offers you the support you need.
The rest of your kit should be chosen to keep you comfortable during the race. You may not even think about it, but your choice of underwear is also important! Choose something with flat seams to avoid any chaffing – and ladies, a good sports bra will help keep you secure as you clamber around the course. When it comes to your outer shorts polyester is good and cotton is not, you want something that will dry off quickly and not retain water as you make your way round the course.
Compression leggings are another good choice. They act as a second skin thanks to their lightweight tight fit, helping to push the grunge and water away from your body and keeping you warmer after a quick dip in a sludge pit. The compression aspect is also great for your muscles, increasing blood flow and muscular power. And, as you’re going to be clambering over obstacles, it might also be worth investing in some gloves – again a lightweight pair with rubber traction grips are key. Avoid choosing a thick, woolly pair that will just get soaked and leave you with cold hands.
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