I am a transplant to Portland, OR from southern California. I found obstacle course racing in 2010 with a race called Warrior Dash. Once I finished that race, I was hooked. I upped the challenge in 2012 with the Spartan Sprint. In 2014, I am taking my love for Obstacle Course Racing further by attempting to get into the Spartan Trifecta tribe, which involves completing all three Spartan Race distances, 5k, 8+ mile and 11+ mile races in a single calendar year.
After my really crappy time for the 2012 Spartan Sprint (almost 2 and a half hours for a 5k) I knew that I had to start training for these races and not just show up. Little did I know at the time, but the Spartan Race has changed my life and fitness for the better.
Three months before I was to do my second Spartan Sprint, I decided to get up and train for the Obstacle Course Race. Enter P90X. Sticking to the routine schedule and diet plan, I lost 32 lbs and gained a lot of strength, both of which really helped my Spartan Sprint time (as well as ditching Yoda). Since then, I have stayed the course and kept training with running and different BeachBody workout routines. Staying healthy and fit is a big part of finishing races. You have to do more than just show up.
In 2014, I set new milestones for my personal racing:
- completed my first Spartan Trifecta
- completed my first Half Marathon
For 2015 my goals were:
run 1,000 miles in the calendar yearFailed. 565 miles. keep my Spartan Trifecta going for 2015 – Sprint and Beast completed, Super scheduled.Done. finish a Spartan Hurricane Heat– Done. HH-073
For 2016 my goals are:
- run 1,000 miles in the calendar year
- keep my Spartan Trifecta going for 2016 – Sprint, Super and Beast are scheduled.
- compete in a Spartan Ultrabeast.
- run a Marathon