I could not be more pumped for the Spartan Super. Okay, to be honest, I’m going through a roller coaster of emotions, between butterflies and feeling so flippin’ pumped I can’ t stand it. Right after taking this picture I threw all of my gear on and ran a couple laps around the house blasting music like a kid in a Superman costume.
So in the image above this is everything I plan on wearing for the race (minus my underwear, figured y’all could take care of that on your own). The goal is to keep your clothing for the race as tight to your body as possible and DON’T WEAR COTTON. Okay now that we’ve gone over that, let’s take a look at my mudway attire.
- Halo Headband – Idk if all girls have this problem but finding a good headband is like finding a flippin’ unicorn. Well, ladies, I found mine! I love this thing, one of the best headbands I’ve ever used. However, in the Spartan race, they give you a headband with your bib number on it so you don’t really need to bring your own, but I like to put this on under the one they provide as the rubber piece helps keep the mud and sweat from dripping in my face.
- Sports Bra – Honestly I have no idea what the name of the sports bra is, I think it’s made by ColdGear. I got it from Target on one of my many trips where I’m sure I went for a pack of paper towels and walked out with a cart full of crap and no paper towels. This is probably the most comfortable sports bra I’ve had. I wear them working out and for races. Love these because they have plenty of support and padding but the cups are sewn in! It’s basically magic.
- Nike Pro Compression Shorts – Okay so I love me some good compression shorts and these are at the top. I have this cool thing where my thighs and butt eat my shorts when I walk or run and I haven’t had that problem with these. I wear a Medium in them and everything stays in place.
- Camelbak – Basically a life saver with straps. I’ve had this thing for 5 years or so now and have put it through hell but it still looks good as new. With this long race going up and down in the mountains I am definitely going to be in need of water more than the every 2 miles that they provide so I’m taking it with. Also, a great place to store my Stinger gel packs for when I need them mid race.
- Reebok All Terrain Super OR Shoes – I just bought these recently for this race since my shoes from past races haven’t held up. I’ve been running around in them for a few days to try to break them in, but even when I first put them on I didn’t feel like they were going to need it. The material is sturdy but breathable and they are very comfortable. There is little to no drop in these shoes which I personally prefer. My only concern with these is the quality of the quick shoelaces so I purchased some regular shoelaces as well just in case.
- Garmin Forerunner 735XT – OMG I love this watch and I love looking at all the data after the races, I’m super pumped about seeing how I do on the super and over analyzing every aspect of my running and performance. It’s okay, you can judge.
- Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves – I usually don’t get shin splints while running, however, this race is going to be a bit longer and more intense with the elevation changes than what I’m used to so better safe than sorry. Also, there are a couple obstacles that since I’m wearing shorts will be nice to have something covering my legs.
- Under Armour Gloves – So I’ve tried a couple different types of gloves in previous OCRs and didn’t have any luck. This will be my first time trying these, and I’m curious to see how they hold up. To be honest they are wide receiver gloves so super grippy/sticky but not sure how they will hold up once they are submerged in the mud and water so stay tuned. Post race review, I do not recommend these gloves. I’ve also heard that MadGrip gloves are where it’s at just haven’t been able to find any in my size.
- Garmin Heart Rate Monitor – So if you read my blog posts about the HR monitor and the additional data you get from it when you use it in conjunction with your watch then you’ll understand why this is a must!
- Balega Quarter Socks – Trying something a little different this time rather than the Smartwool. I’ve heard great things about these socks so I’m excited to put them to the test and see if the reviews are true. They are super bulky which I’m not a huge fan of but maybe that’s due to the style I purchased. Stay tuned for a full review on these as well.