The end of the 2016 Tough Mudder season may be here, but that doesn’t mean Mudders stop training. Look no further than this list to keep your mud lover fit, healthy, and ready to tackle 2017.
The Stocking Stuffers, $2-30
Don’t mistake their small size for their lack of necessity–protein bars, baseball hats, and athletic tape all make the perfect stocking stuffer or Hannukah highlight. Our favorites? Guilt-free cookie dough Fit Joy bars, this Tough Mudder Flat Bill Hat and Tough Mudder Kineosology Tape.
2. Merrell Lithe Glove and Trail Glove Mini Socks, $16.00
Socks may not seem like the perfect gift, but these necessary items are more useful than you think–especially for the Tough Mudder who goes through cotton socks a little too easily. The Merrell Lithe Glove Mini socks for women and the Merrell Trail Glove Mini socks for men are made of a special blend of fabrics, including, NanoGLIDE, which means extra plaiting on the toes and heels for added durability. Add to that the three-year warranty on all Merrell socks and there’s really no better practical gift.
3. TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller, $31.99
Foam rollers are a must-have if you expect your body to not only perform, but to perform well. Used both pre- and post-workout, foam rollers help work out kinks and knots through self-massage, and the TriggerPoint GRID Foam Roller is built specifically to replicate a massage therapist’s hands. Not convinced? Don’t worry–your Mudder will be. Learn how to use a foam roller in THIS episode of Coachified.
4. Obstacle Course Racing and Training Books, $10-20
If you’re not running a Tough Mudder, the next best thing is reading about it. Books about mental grit make great gifts for the mud-obsessed. Try Mark Divine’s “Unbeatable Mind: Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level.” For a look into the world of OCR, an itunes gift card can allow your Mudder to watch the much acclaimed “Rise of the Sufferfests”.
5. BleggMitt, $50
Anyone familiar with World’s Toughest Mudder is likely familiar with WTM Champion Deanna Blegg. Deanna’s biggest challenge when racing is often battling the cold and the resulting loss of flexibility and movement in her fingers. Hence, why she created BleggMitts, a brilliant self-designed mitt that allows for warmth and dexterity. Grab a pair for your Tough Mudder and help Deanna in the process. Now that’s a win-win.
6. Orange Merrell All Out Crush Shoe, $110
Ask a Mudder the most important gear for obstacle course running and you’ll hear one resounding word: shoes. More specifically, grippy, water-resistant, trail shoes. The Orange Merrell All Out Crush Shoe hits all of these points, and is available for both the male and female Tough Mudder in your life
7. Dryrobe, $50.95-179.99
Perhaps no other gear has made a bigger splash in the OCR world in 2016 than Dryrobe. With a lamb’s wool interior to stay warm and a waterproof outer shell to keep dry, Dryrobe makes the perfect towel, blanket, and personal change room, all in one.
8. Merrell Compression Pants, $55
When you’re crawling through mud, ducking under barbed wire, and sliding yourself over Block Ness Monster, you need pants that stay snug against the skin. The Merrell Compression Pants are every mud runners dream, with stretch and abrasion-resistant panels, pockets for extra storage and a sleek, black design.
9. Tough Mudder or Tough Mudder Half Ticket Entry, $10-20 OFF
Give the Mudder in your life what they really want – a ticket to a 2017 event. Register between now and December 19 at 11:59 PM with the discount code HOLIDAYMUD for a Tough Mudder or Tough Mudder Half. Better yet, sign up yourself and your friend. We promise, you won’t regret it.
10. The Gift of Time–Tune In on CBS 12/15 & 12/25, Priceless
This December, prepare for the exclusive CBS and CBS Sports’ World’s Tough Mudder three-part series. Starting on December 15, catch the “Road to World’s Toughest Mudder” and learn what it takes to make it to the annual event in Las Vegas, NV. Then, on December 25, watch the second part in the series as Tough Mudders take on the 24-hour grueling endurance challenge of “World’s Toughest Mudder.” Finally, catch CBS Sports’ Brent Stover interview elites and athletes alike in the “World’s Toughest Aftershow”. This is a not-to-be-missed series and a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to design, create and put on the most epic event on the planet.