Archive | July, 2012

WeSurvived

25 Jul

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I have never in my life signed up for a race that I could call a “fun-run.” All the races I have ever done I have went into wanting a certain time, eat a well-balanced meal the night before and come race day I put on my game face and push it to the limit. This past weekend Dan and I participated in our first “fun-run” called the SURVIVOR Mud Run in Berthoud, Colorado on a motocross track that included 20 obstacles and a lot of mud. When we signed up for this race we told ourselves that we were just doing it for fun to see how these mud races went. Race day came- our wave time wasn’t until 10:45am, it was about 90F degrees and we were in the middle of the wave as we started. Come the 2nd obstacle which was a mud pit we came out of it and a woman on the side yelled at me saying I was the first woman in our wave to get past the obstacle. This is when my competitive side came out. As we made our way through the 5th obstacle a woman passed me and was practically sprinting compared to my jogging-pace, but we made sure after that, that no other woman passed us. We passed people from the wave before us, and ended up finishing the 3.47 mile course in 40 minutes and 3 seconds. And not to mention, I finished in 5th place in my age group (Female 25-29). – not to brag or anything 😉

Now, Dan and I are already signing up for another one. This one seems to be a little bit more intense and its called the Spartan Race (http://www.spartanrace.com/) that is at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO next May (2013) and we hope to see some of you out there with us!

But, okay… My reason for writing this post isn’t to talk only to about myself, but I want to help those people who have questions about a mud race and give a few pointers. If you have any questions, go ahead and ask. But here is a list of my pointers:

  • Go to your nearest thrift store and buy a cheap outfit you don’t mind throwing away after the race. Dan and I threw everything we had on during the race away.
  • Bring a change of clothes. Although my mom drove us home after the race and I just sat in the car with a towel, we did bring a change of clothes.
  • Bring sunscreen. Typically these type of races are held in the summer, and on the course we were on there was absolutely NO shade. Make sure to put it on BEFORE the race.
  • Bring a towel. I would assume most of these races include a rinse off area, and a towel is handy after your ‘shower.’
  • If you have long hair, french braid it. If you just put it in a pony-tail the wet hair may hit you in the face, which would not be pleasant.
  • If you wear contacts or glasses do not wear them during the race, and although I do not wear either, I would recommend to those people who do to possibly wear swimming goggles.
  • Try to have someone spectate. Then they can take pictures for you. You will be so muddy after the race, I wouldn’t even try to take your own photos.
  • If you don’t want to throw your clothes away, bring a trash bag to put them in. Even after the shower, my clothes were no where near clean and no one wants to sit in the car with muddy clothes on.
  • Guys- don’t wear a shirt. This helped Dan out a lot, and then you don’t have to worry about your nipples chaffing.
  • And last, but not least. Have fun. And- it is okay to walk.

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AuroraColorado

20 Jul

Today in Aurora, Colorado 12 people were shot and killed, while 59 others were wounded at the Century 16 Theater at the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.” Typically my blog is about running, and the joys is brings- but today I am taking the time to say a prayer for all of the families and friends affected by this event that has taken place too close for comfort.

Please take a moment of silence, and also let the people around you know that you love them.

ImagePhoto courteous of Julian Donaldson, http://www.facebook.com/geniuzink

JumpStart

6 Jul

All you do on vacation is eat, drink, sleep, and repeat. No matter where you go there is always time to eat, drink and sleep. Of course, some beach vacations may entail more resting and relaxing, and the vacations to a busy town may be more hectic and you may walk more than you normally do. But no matter what town you are visiting, most people do not want to go work out. Vacation is a time to get away, and to do things that you normally wouldn’t do or get to do at home. I can vouch for that.

While I was in Germany for 10 days, I did go on some runs to try and stay a bit active, but nothing like I typically do at home. In 10 days at home, I typically will run or go to some sort of class 6 or 7 of the 10 days. In Germany Dan and I ran three times together and then walked for the most part. My body was like jello and it needed a jump start upon arriving in the states.

So, jump start it is. This past week I have dedicated a lot of my free time and lunch hours to working out. And my body has not felt this sore in months. Whether or not you are coming from a long vacation, or are board with your routine, take two weeks and do something different.  If you cannot stray away from your morning runs, or your afternoon walks, don’t, but shorten them and add something else. That is what I did.

At lunch, instead of running the entire time, I ran at a 6.4 on the treadmill for 15 minutes, and then did one set of 10 bicep curls, then 10 shoulder presses, and then 10 back extensions and did this three times. After I completed that I hopped back on the treadmill and sprinted 1 minute, jogged one minute at a 4 incline and did this 3 times equaling to 6 minutes. My lunch break is only an hour long and so after I was done with the treadmill I hit the mat and did some abdominal work and stretched out.

This is just an example of something you can do to challenge your body and to not get bored. I hope to always challenge myself and to always keep my body guessing. And this week, it has had to guess every day.