21st February 2017

Shoes, Shoes, Glorious Shoes

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ENGLISHTOWN, NJ - OCTOBER 20:  A closeup of sneakers after the Tough Mudder event at Raceway Park on October 20, 2012 in Englishtown, New Jersey.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Perhaps that should read Shoes, Shoes, Gloriously Muddy Shoes!


The Farmhouse Five for Females is a multi-terrain race…and ‘multi-terrain’ is possibly a pseudonym for ‘expect some mud’!


Not oodles and oodles. There are no quagmires (thankfully ; ) but the footpaths on the route are a touch muddy! : )


And there are always the notorious spots! ; ) And they’re slightly muddier ; )


So, choose your shoes appropriately. If you’re used to wearing ‘trail shoes’ then fantastic, these will be ideal. If you don’t have a selection of running shoes, (and from experience, this usually occurs over time! But we all love acquiring collections of shoes, don’t we ladies?! ; ) wear the trainers that you usually wear, but beware that road shoes may slip-slide around in the mud a little bit (and they might get a little muddy!)


But then, that’s part of the fun, isn’t it?!



Shoes a plenty…



Our tactic for racing at a multi-terrain event is to take three (yes, 3!) pairs of shoes with us.


  1. Pair Number 1 :  A pair to arrive in and warm up in. This pair may get a little wet if warming up on long grass, or the like, and so we change into pair number 2.


  1. Pair Number 2 : Race shoes! The trail shoes, or equivalent. Now if your pair 1 is the same as your pair 2, then that’s absolutely fine! However, do not skip on taking pair number 3!


  1. Pair Number 3 : These are the nice, warm, clean, dry, stay-in-the-car pair that you will change into after the race! This pair is essential, not only to experience the delicious feeling of putting on dry, clean, warm shoes afterwards, but also because if you hang around in wet shoes afterwards, we can assure you that you will get cold and possible even a little bit miserable…(I know, ladies, we are rarely But it has happened, just occasionally, and wet feet can be at the very root of that occasional miserableness! ; )




A last cheeky little tip to try…



One tip for staying upright in the mud is to spend as much time as possible in the air! No we’re not being flippant, but if you can ‘turn your feet over’ quickly you’ll spend less time on the slippery surface, and literally, more time in the air, which helps no end with staying vertical, and gives the feeling of being superbly ‘light of foot’. It’s worth giving it a go! : )



Pre-Event Training Sessions



If you would like to try out some more little tricks and input for your running technique, please do come along to our FREE training in Christchurch Park on the two Saturdays before the race! Click on the link to find out all the details and to register:





The countdown really is on now to the Farmhouse Five 2017 – we’re getting very excited about it!



Don’t forget about entering the Predictor Team Challenge with your girlfriends – see this link below for more info (it’s just for fun!):



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