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Obstacle Race Kit List + SKINS Giveaway

If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, you’ll be well aware that I’m a huge obstacle course race fan. Let it be known, that they aren’t as easy to prepare for as a standard road race, your kit will play a big part in not only your performance and but also your overall enjoyment of the event.

Keeping this in mind, I’ve put together a list of my ‘fail proof’ kit to prepare you for the event.

A form fitting top – It’s tempting to layer up, however, once you’re muddy and wet, removing layers mid race is almost impossible.  I recommend checking the weather on the day and wearing a long sleeved top on colder days or a vest if you’re likely to overheat. I’d strongly advise avoiding anything that could possibly get caught on obstacles or cotton fabrics. I’m currently loving my SKINS compression vest. Mainly because it’s hard wearing, with a built in sports bra (*ideal if you’re small chested like me) and the fabric handles sweat and water really well.

Trail shoes and sports socks – Okay, first things first, cotton socks are never a good idea, when they get wet you’re at risk of blisters and that’s not a whole lot of fun for anyone. It’s well worth investing in some proper running socks, personally, I recommend thermal running socks for winter/cooler events.

Trail shoes are one of the most important pieces of kit, you’ll need something with a good grip, comfortable and not too heavy. I think people initially relate trail shoes to expense, I’ve raced in £22.00 trail shoes before and they’ve been perfectly adequate. We all have different requirements when it comes choosing our preferred running shoes. therefore I suggest keeping an eye on your preferred running brand to see if they have any offers on trail shoes.

Top tip – My blogging pal Andy suggested using duct tape to prevent trainer laces coming undone during events.

A good quality pair of leggings or shorts – Here’s the deal, the day after an obstacle race it’s likely you’ll ache more than you never knew possible. Personally, I tend to race in SKINS, due to the fact they are hard wearing, offer compression and comfort. My SKINS have been put through their paces, dragged over logs, through water, and over endless obstacles. It might sound like I’m showing off, but I’ve even jumped over a fire pit wearing them, I’m not going to lie, I was terrified.

The latest collection is more colorful and stylish than ever, meaning they’ll be suitable for so much more than just ‘race day’ and you can read my previous review here

Spare contact lenses or goggles – Whilst this won’t be applicable for everyone but I’m extremely short sighted and the idea of mud in my eyes fills me with fear. On a very serious note, mud, grit and murky water can lead to serious eye infections and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

I took some advice from my optician, the ideal situation is to take a spare pair of disposable contact lenses to the event. Then with clean hands remove and bin the lenses you wore and replace with a new pair. Reaching that level of cleanness required may not be possible at the event, so waiting until you get home won’t be the end of the world. On the other hand, I have also stuffed goggles down my top and used these on slides and so on. I don’t know about you but I’d rather look uncool than damage my precious eyesight.

Pants – Well, I know from various discussions many of us females prefer not to run in underwear and I completely understand the reasons why.  However, we’re all adults here, and unfortunately, mud gets everywhere, don’t wear your best Agent Provocateur thong. Please keep in mind that something is better than nothing? It’s likely you’ll have to change next to your car after the event too!

Neck scarf, Head Band and or gloves – These are completely personal, some folk love racing in gloves and others find them a hindrance when they get wet. I generally always wear a headband to keep my crazy fringe under control and a neck scarf is great for cooler days. On the other hand, if you’re likely to overheat I’d leave it at home.

Baby wipes, spare tissues, clean clothing –  You’ll definitely need spare clothes unless you enjoy sitting in wet muddy clothing or it’s a ‘dry’ race. What I’d recommend is something loose and warm which is easy to change into. There’s a good chance you’ll still be dirty too so don’t pack anything you wouldn’t want to get dirty and smelly.

*I wouldn’t be without my Dry robe, honestly, it was one of the best investments I’ve made.

*Fancy some footage to share after? The hardest wearing camera is a Go Pro if you’re wary about the investment, keep in mind they are great for stills/action shots also.

*One of the best luxury items I’ve ever seen is a solar powered shower for after the event, seriously tempting…

*I do apologize for rattling on about socks again, however, these Thermal Active Compression Socks could be used for running and skiing alongside obstacle racing, making them well worth the investment.

Let it be known that I don’t recommend products lightly, after nearly a year of wearing these leggings I  feel confident in the fit, quality, and endurance they offer. That’s why I’m absolutely delighted to offer one reader (Male or Female) the chance to win a pair of DNAmic long tights. Don’t worry if you’re not going to enter an obstacle course race, these are ideal for running, gym, recovery or just a coffee date!

All I ask is that you follow myself and SKINS on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram and comment below to let me know you’ve done so. Each platform will count as one entry and the winner will be chosen at random on the 3rd September 2017.

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What are your Obstacle Race must haves? Anything I’ve missed?

Katie

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SKINS: kindly sent me some leggings and a top in exchange for this post, please note I'm making the recommendation because I truly love this product. The competition is open to UK residents only and the winner will be chosen fairly and contacted via social media to arrange delivery of the prize. Please note that there is no cash alternative and this is open to male and female entrants.
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10 Comments

  1. August 28, 2017 / 8:55 am

    I follow you and SKINSGB on Twitter as teainthetub.
    My obstacle race advice would be to ideally wear long sleeves. I was silly enough to do a Tough Mudder wearing the shortest of shorts and a cropped vest top. Needless to say I was covered in cuts and bruises and some of the obstacles were unnecessarily painful due to my lack of clothing haha.
    The next one I do I will be protecting my skin!

  2. Ellie
    August 28, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Already follow you, and have now followed Skins on Instagram, fingers crossed!

  3. August 29, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    Already follow you and skins on all SM.. must say.. I still SO want to do an OCR after seeing you and Lorraine do them! One day… though, i don’t think I could bring myself to wear skins for the race.. the new prints are stunning, I’d be scared of ruining it! xD

  4. Rachel
    August 30, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Hi Katie,
    I follow you and Skins on Instagram & Facebook.
    Have been thinking about trying compression kit for a while so have my fingers firmly crossed! Would be great for my triathlon training, off to check out their website now x

  5. Ally
    August 30, 2017 / 10:05 pm

    Love your blog 👍🏻 Keep up the great work 😉

  6. Luke Grose
    August 30, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    Very cool and completely agree about getting the kit right. A lot of it is trial and improvement and always down to personal preference.

    Great comp and I follow you and Skins on Insta.

    Keep up the great work. I’m heading out to Oslo this weekend for Toughest.

  7. Victoria Christopher
    September 2, 2017 / 11:37 am

    Following you and Skins in Insta 🙂 Love my skins – apparently indestructible so far but I’d love another pair just in case!😁

  8. cheryl hadfield
    September 8, 2017 / 11:03 am

    Follow both yourself and Skins on instagram.. @hadfieldcheryl. Would be amazing to win

  9. Vicky
    February 20, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    This would be perfect ❤️ I’ve signed up for 2 obstacle races this year. Followed you both on all 3 platforms 😊

  10. Vicky
    February 20, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    This would be perfect. I’ve signed up for 2 obstacle races this year. Followed you both on all 3 platforms.

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