In preparation to do a GORUCK Light and to make Spartan’s Hurricane Heats suck a bit less, I signed up for the Pathfinder Forward Ruck Training Program after learning about it on Instagram and reading through the program description and reading through the Team Spearhead website. While the information is a bit older on the Team Spearhead site, the information is more expanded and explained there. I knew that this training program would help me be a prepared as I can for an endurance event.
Truth be told, endurance events – a GORUCK, Spartan’s Hurricane Heat and the like – are 100% out of my comfort zone. I am intimidated by them. I’ve successfully completed two Spartan Hurricane Heats and was medically dropped from a GORUCK Tough, a 12ish hour event, somewhere between the 6-8th hour. In each event at some point I told myself that I’m never doing another one of these events again. I was out of my comfort zone. The medical drop really did a number on my confidence, not because of the medical DNF part, but that my physical fitness was not up to snuff.
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The Portland Terrain Race was my first experience with the Terrain Race and I was super excited to finally be able to do a race with unlimited laps! I signed up for the competitive 10k, for the early start time to maximize the time on course.
The welcome to terrain race starting bath was an interesting way to start the race. Waist high water before you even start was pretty funny. Continue reading 2017 Portland Terrain Race
What can I say about the Seattle Super Spartan Race other than it was brutal. There were a few new obstacles, which are always fun to try Twister and double sandbag carry and old favorites (not really) The Rig, spear throw, rope climb, bucket brigade, Olympus and so on.
This course was an assault on my upper body, which was compounded by myself neglecting my upper body for around 6 months and I was punished.
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I missed my opportunity to do my long run on Sunday, I I used my Tuesday easy run time as a make up for the Sunday long run. I am glad I did.
I started Charity Miles, got my Garmin searching for devices and queued up my podcast app up with two Spartan podcasts, Spartan Underground and Spartan Up while I made my way to the starting spot of my run. When I got to my starting spot I hit “Go” on my Garmin and ran… and that I did. Continue reading 10k PR!