Carnation, WA – For my first ever official half marathon, I chose a “silly” one. Why is this half marathon “silly”? How about having couches, cake and a purple drink at each water station? Not “silly” enough, how about various Blerches reminding you that “you don’t have to do this!” and “Lets go sit on a couch and watch a movie instead!?” For the history on the Blerch, read here.
This race was an interesting race, not just because of the silliness, but it was a 99% trail run, not really what I was expecting. I started off really strong, running under 9 minutes a mile for the first couple of miles, but then the funkiness of the day started to set in.
Welcome to my recap of the 2014 Warrior Dash in New Plains OR, Race with my Mom edition. This was my first Warrior Dash that we did not receive a timing chip to race with, which I new a few other racers had mentioned that they were sad that it wasn’t timed. I didn’t mind that it wasn’t timed. I was racing with my mom for her first Warrior Dash and I think her second “mud run”. Continue reading 2014 Warrior Dash→
Mt quest to become a member of the Spartan Trifecta Tribe has taken me from the West Coast to the East Coast to participate in the Ohio Super Spartan. This location was rather unique as Spartan Race gave the option for racers to sign up to do a single day trifecta run, by racing in the Beast, Super and Sprint legs in a single day. Due to the terrain being mostly flat, the race distances were extended. We can’t have easy Spartan Races can we? No. Easy is not an option.
I had planned to run the Super and then the Sprint on the same day. I flew across the nation, might as well make the best of it and run two races. Walking up to the race, through the sea of cars there was a nice fire that was started near the entrance to the Spartan Race plaza that was much appreciated as it was a rather cold day. I had checked the weather a few days prior and it was forecasted to be in the mid fifties and raining. That’s not what happened as the day was a little cloudy and in the mid forties. As long as I kept moving, I would be fine.
Add another completed OCR to the list: Tough Mudder. This edition of Tough Mudder was in Lebanon OR at Lester Farms. My initial start time was at noon, which put making it back in time to see the Timbers match in jeopardy¹. Luckily, my future brother in law and his Crossfit club were running the TM as well and had a start time of 9:45 and I was invited to run with his team. Knowing I had an earlier start time, an hour and 45 minute drive, plus another 30 minutes to get to Ben’s place, a 5am wakeup call was set.
What can I say about the Spartan Sprint? Just that it’s the toughest 5k+ obstacle course race that I have ever done that is under 7 miles. I will be able to compare the Spartan Races to the Tough Mudder in a few days time.
The first obstacle to the Spartan Sprint was the line to the parking lot. I had left 20 minutes earlier than I planned on and I was glad I did, but eventually would not have mattered. There was a line of cars over a mile long before entering the parking lot. It gave me a little time to relax and let the nervousness settle a bit. Once I got my parking pass and parking spot all situated, I made my way to the waiver area. What I didn’t know was, there were two waivers, the standard white waiver for the Spartan Race and a green waiver for NBC to film you. Needless to day, I had to wait in the packet pickup line twice. Thanks green waiver. Continue reading 2014 Pacific Northwest Spartan Sprint→
I attended the first ever Fire Dash at the Portland International Raceway a few weeks ago and it was really fun. I had never been a part of a first ever race, so it was a little interesting. I got there an hour before my heat, which was recommended. I was a little shocked at what I saw. a mostly empty parking lot and staging area. There was a total of 6 tents, registration, 4 vendors (only one had food and drink) and a DJ. The Fire Dash people sent an email a few days before the race to give you your waivers and starting information. I should have known that it was going to be a small crowd when there were only two starting times. Continue reading 2014 The Fire Dash→
This is the race I have been waiting for and dreading. 11+ miles of wicked Monterey hills and 25+ obstacles that would push me to my limits and beyond. A few days before the race, I started to get the nervous feeling in my gut. The longest I have ever run at one time was 10 miles and that was only 7 days before the Beast. I knew that I would be able to do the running/jogging part as its not straight 11+ miles thanks to the obstacles. I packed all of my obstacle race gear and a few changes of clothing and readied myself for a trip to sunny California. Two hours of flying and a hour and a half car ride later we arrived at the hotel that was 15 or so minutes away form the race.
This was, by far, the most fun mud run I have ever done. It was a little challenging and great practice for the Spartan Beast next week. I’m glad I was able to use my gear for this as I found out that the half gloves that I was planning on wearing are not good to use. Once they get wet, they make everything more slippery and not sticky.The only obstacle that I failed on what the ring swings, mostly due to my hands being extra slippery. Thanks gloves. Continue reading 2014 Rugged Maniac→
April 6th, 2014 – This was my first time running the Bridge to Brews 10k and my first 10k race overall. I was a little worried about being able to finish due to my calf being re-injured during the Shamrock 15k. I thought I was completely healed prior to the Shamrock race, but I guess I didn’t heal 100%. I have a few micro tears that give it a little bit of pain every once and a while sine the 15k. I decided that I was not going to push myself to finish this race and would let my body tell me when it was time to stop running and walk. I did this as I do not want to aggregate the injury any further as I have the Spartan Beast in 2 months that I want to be 100% for.
I met up with a bunch of friends a little before 8am to run the race with then checked into the swanky VIP section (I totally recommend this for the Bridge to Brews race. 1000% worth it!), dropped my bag off and headed to the starting area. As we were getting read to start, I fired up my running apps, Charity Miles, Run Keeper, Nike Running and Zombies, Run! I must be entertained while running! Continue reading 2014 Bridge to Brews 10K→
March 16th, 2014 – From my knees hurting when I went down hill, the new blisters on my feet to the 15k finisher medal and a new 15k PR and racing with my mom, this years Shamrock 15k was a blast. My mom and I finished around the same time, she started 40 minutes later and did the 8k, which was very cool. The weather for the run was really good, considering it was a March day in Portland. It didn’t start to rain until after the race and we were walking back to the car. Continue reading 2014 Shamrock Run 15k→