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Old 06-22-2011, 07:58 PM   #1
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Default What to Wear for Spartan Race 8/6/11

Guys who have done the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, Warrior Dash, etc... I need some advice on what to wear.

I am planning on wearing dri-fit shorts with spandex underneath. No shirt.

As far as footwear & socks, I'm pretty stumped. I tried on the Vibram 5fingers and they didnt fit me well. Now I am looking into minimalist trail running shoes from New Balance, Merrell, and Inov8. Are these shoes designed to be worn without socks?

I don't want blistered & chafed feet half way through the race. It seems like people like these minimalist shoes for comfort and ease of cleaning afterwards.
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:10 PM   #2
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The minimalist footwear are generally made to be worn without socks. I have a pair and love them. However for the race I don't know if that would be the way you want to go. It would depend on if you are used to running with that kind of footwear.

I am sure there has to be someone here that can give advice on what to wear for that kind of event. I am in no shape to do it this year, but am becoming very intrigued to do it next year as a bunch of guys at work are doing a 2nd Tough Mudder event later this year (they are nuts imho!).

Good luck and enjoy!
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:22 PM   #3
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I know the minimalist style shoes take some time to get used to from what I was told so I want to buy a pair asap and see how they feel.
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Adidas kanadia tr3 nuff said. You will be going no where with those vibrams. For socks I did the thin dri-fit Nike socks
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Old 06-22-2011, 08:51 PM   #5
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i wore ankle socks with running shoes that i planned on throwing out after the race anyways...
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As far as shorts, find something lightweight with a built in running brief and that'll be perfect. I wore a pair of New Balance something or others and they worked out phenomenally for the Tough Mudder.

Shoes is a toss up. First, its gonna take you a little while to get acclimated to the minimalist shoes. Its a lot of stress on your calves if you've never run in anything like them before. Not something I'd recommend to just jump right in to. For what its worth, I run a lot and I bought some VFF's back in March. I've been using them once every two weeks or so because my legs would be that sore afterward. I wore them yesterday for a 4 mile run (then ran another 4 in regular shoes) and today is the first time I actually woke up and felt ok after wearing them. Not to mention, regular running shoes are going to give you a lot more protection from sharp sticks and stumps and things of that nature.

As far as a trail specific shoe, in my opinion, it isn't necessary. I'm still wearing the same running shoes I did the TM in, and they're still fine. They are a regular road running shoe, I wear them for trail running with no issues. Just look where you're running and you'll be fine in whatever you choose.

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Old 06-22-2011, 09:28 PM   #7
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Vaseline sounds like a neat idea.

http://www.zappos.com/inov-8-mudclaw-272 These have 6mm of cushioning so not 100% minimalist. They look pretty sweet.

Gonna check out those Adidas too.

I'll do some more research tomorrow
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its cool.

but at the end of the race those won't make much of a difference...all you'll have is a dirty pair of shoes...

when i think back to the tough mudder last month i know that my shoes didn't have as much traction as those but i remember everyone around me sliding just as much trying to go down hill in snow or mud...everyone was sliding....
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I used to run distance in highschool. I tried out a bunch of different shoes, nike, adidas, puma, spent shit loads of my parents money. Then some one gave me a pair of these $49 pos shoes. I loved them, they are super simple, super light and never once gave me a blister. Run through anything, toss them in the wash and they looke mint all over. When I decided to do the mudder, a new pair was the first thing I bought. Mickey Finns on the turnpike has them to try them out.

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I got a pair of Adidas kanadia tr10 trail running shoes on clearance at bobs for tough mudder and I can honestly say I.did not slip and fall a single time the entire race, not even on snow and ice. Using the same shoes for Spartan and maybe warrior dash Saturday if everything works out.
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