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.
The night before the race, my sleep was not very good. I woke up multiple times due to noise and possibly nerves. We found out when we were leaving that the water heating system was recently tuned and we were lucky to hear swishing noises all night in a pattern. Yay. Continue reading The Trials and Trails of the Monterey Spartan Beast 2014
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.
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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