Competition, Fitness, ocr, Training

Ready to race….

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The Men’s Health race is this weekend.. Status? Ready. No twinges, tightness or anything else I had to work out like before the last race. I attribute that to forcing myself not to go nuts after a long run. By nuts I mean – after a 12 mile run I usually would follow that with 50 or so squats with the sandbag and some other exercise. I like doing my workouts in threes for some reason. So I would sprinkle an easy day or two in between harder days focusing on core work, shoulder and arm strength.

My main goal this time around is to beat my time from last year. I am pretty confident I can do this because last year I focused more so on pacing as it was my first race there. Now I know where I can push it more. I am ready for the hills even more than last year & I am going to try and beat my time on the stairs in the stadium. Since its so close I will do a full review of the race after it is over. No need to going over each obstacle now. It looks like most are the same and there may be some exciting new ones to challenge us.

I remember how chilly it was at the start of the race last year…but what I wore worked (shorts, tank & arm warmers). So no need to change that. I have been running & working out early in the morning while training anyway so this is a non-issue. One thing I will make sure to pack/bring is some warmer things to wear AFTER the race. After the race was over I was unconsciously shivering alot…I didn’t even really notice it until one of the guys I was talking to pointed it out..haha. So sweatshirt & warm pants check. Also having a Honey Stinger Energy Gell 1/2 way thru the race was great…so check. Carb-loading the night before the race worked well also, check.

Life has been busy (which is why I have not blogged sooner), a lot of good things are slowly coming together & studying for the personal trainer certification is going well.   Rather than jinx em’ lets just leave it at that. Throughout it all I find that my best days are preceded by my hardest workouts.  Grinding things out early in the morning helps calm a sometimes chaotic mind…and I love the soreness throughout the day just to remind me of a 6am training session.

Alright short & post hopefully with lots of pics from the race & for sure a review of my second time around. Woot woot!

Fitness, Training

Re-hashing a bad training day & how my log saved my sanity


Okay, so pretty dramatic title – but still.  At this point things are ramping up in my training schedule since the race is in late September. For instance: reps have increased, hill sprints & fartleks are on the menu, I am timing some exercises now to increase intensity, I am only using the #60 sandbag & I need to must beat my long and short runs each week by at least 5 seconds… the last one is the rub.

Last week was my 2nd week of things ramping up.  My short run – a bit over 3 miles on hilly trails was not good. My time was about 20 seconds SLOWER than my fastest time. Frustrating. Very. I did some extra sandbag exercises after as punishment. I don’t get runners high (at least I don’t think I do). But a good time always makes the day awesome, and not reaching my goals…. well.

Then I came home, entered my day in my log. Added a few four letter words for extra measure in the notes column & scrolled back to see how things have progressed.  I realized two things 1. I felt more fatigued at the end of my workout week more than usual these last two weeks & 2. I’ve had some tightness on my lower extremities that hasn’t been addressed in the way I usually do. Why? well…

Who the hell broke this? Oh yeah, me.
Who the hell broke this? Oh yeah, me.

My trusty stick was used to roll out my legs and other tight parts before & after a workout. Perfect timing when I am a bit sore than usual I break it while rolling my leg. At least it died doing what it was meant to do.

A friend gave me a lacrosse ball. Which was a nice replacement to an old tennis ball to grind out tense traps and such on the floor. I’ve been pretty creative with it but I need something better.  Another friend is planning to hook me up with a good foam roller soon. Until then gotta keep being creative & stretch.

So perspective.  For some silly reason I thought when I ramped things up it would be seamless transition with no more fatigue than usual.  Yep, silly.  Also only the short run time has dropped. I’m shaving seconds off my longer run every week – which for the time being is 8 miles. In addition- the other days are going as planned. So I just have to stick to my motto – train hard, train smart. The last thing I want to be on the injured list. Been there, done that.

Fitness, Training, Uncategorized


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I was going to talk about another race or studying for my ACE certification but instead a short one today about goals. For me working out or specifically training for an event is about setting goals for myself. Larger goals -> finish in a certain place or make it through the event. I often forget leading up to it  there are equally if not more important smaller goals of sticking to my workout schedule, making sure I take care of any tightness in my body or allowing myself to recognize how far I have come.  Incremental progress no matter if it is a couple of seconds, an extra pull-up or a more fluid bear crawl exercise will add up to a better event for me.  Easier said than done to allow myself to recognize this, haha. The rest of the day not working out regardless how it goes is better after that workout and achieving one or many goals. Next week, hill sprints begin.  Goal set. Such a love/hate relationship with those.

Sprint, breathe, walk repeat.
Hello hill….Sprint, breathe, walk, repeat.
Endurance Event, Fitness, Goruck, Training

Goruck Challenge

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Another event (not a race) I have done and will do again is Goruck Challege. It is a 10-12 hour-long endurance event. Hold on, don’t stop reading. You can do this too.

I was searching for something different than an ocr…something that would really take me outside of my comfort zone. Something that was not competitive but difficult. I saw Goruck Challenge before surfing online but just discounted it as lone of those oh-I-can’t-do-that events. Now I do it once a year. I have done it twice so far. It’s the first event I will do each year to kick things off. I see it has my hardest event of the year. Pretty much every other event I do is downhill as far as I am concerned. The races are not the same beast as Goruck Challenge. The first time I did it was on my birthday..definitely a memorable one!

First off, watch the official video ->

This is a team event. Let me repeat, this is a team event. It is not about how strong you think you are, how fast or fit you may think you are. Leave your ego at home. Instead it is about how strong the team is and how quickly the men and women can work together to accomplish whatever they are instructed to do. Both times I have done it has an awesome and amazing group of individuals who came together & worked together as a team. Especially my first time I owe it to my teammates that lifted me up and encouraged me to push through my wall and I am so glad I did. Both times was a different experience. Both times I finished it exhausted, excited and knew I would do it again.

Before my first experience began. I was so lucky to be in this group of largely veterans of Goruck events.
Before my first experience began. I was so lucky to be in this group of mostly veterans of Goruck events.

Lastly there are many useful blogs and websites that have specific suggestions for what to bring or wear to a Goruck event. Do your research. I don’t really think I need to be another voice to add to that. My main suggestion is to pack light & don’t bring anything you really don’t need. Fight that urge to bring everything you possibly can. After your first time you will understand what I mean. Keep in mind chances are strong that someone else may be carrying your bag at some point.

Sharing my stories about doing it would not really do it justice. If the video gets you pumped, and you want to do something different sign up! There is a shorter event called Goruck Light, so if you want to experience a Goruck event that is not as long check that one out too. Just do your research, look at what is mandatory to bring. Look at what is suggested that you bring. Don’t come unprepared. Don’t be that person.

At least once a week I think about Goruck Challenge. That is how much it affected me. Period.