My first entry into Spartan Race’s Hurricane Heat is two weeks out and I am a little nervous and excited at the same time. This will be my biggest challenge to date. I think this will test me more than the Spartan Beast as I am able to go at my own pace and don’t have to worry about teammates (as no one wants to SPARTAN UP with me).
My training for the longer races near the end of the year continues. I’ve added a camelbak HAWG to my training gear and when I run I have 10lbs added to the backpack. Soon I will add in 5 additional pounds and continue to add in 5 pounds every week until I hit 40 pounds. That should get my legs, core and back ready for the hurricane heat in early August.
I received the following email from the WIPEOUT Run people this morning…
Dear Portland WIPEOUTRUNNERS,
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are canceling the upcoming WIPEOUTRUN on July 11 at Clark County Events Center. You have the option to transfer your entry to the Seattle WIPEOUTRUN on July 18 at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup. If you do not choose this option you will receive a full refund for entry, fees, and additional items.
Unfortunately, I cannot do the Seattle run because of prior commitments. Bummer, this run looked fun. Hopefully the wipeout run portland will be back next year.
In my last 4 races, I have ran with a strained calf. 3 I knew about before hand, and the final one I strained it within the first mile (The Freeze). Since I do not want to continue the trend, I’m taking a month of off running. *sigh*
I know the creators of The Freeze were hoping for terrible (i.e. freezing) weather and the day started out that was at 32 degrees F, which IS freezing. Unfortunately, by the time I had finished the race, the temperature was in the upper sixties. Not exactly what The Freeze organizers were looking for. Fortunately for them, weather was out of their control, but the race was not.
For the inaugural The Freeze, the competitive heats started at 9 with the open heats starting at 10. I arrived around 9:50 and there were a number of people who were ready to start the race. I will still getting on my gear when the load speakers stated that the next wave of people would be leaving in 5 minutes. I still have to warm up and stretch, so I knew I was not going in this next wave. By the time I was ready to go, the first finishers of the competitive wave were starting to cross the finish line. The top finishers completed the race at a little over 55 minutes. I know I’m not fast, so I gave myself an hour and a half to finish the course. Continue reading The Freeze→
While it’s not an Obstacle Course Race, I participated in the SUPER PLUNGE for Special Olympics Oregon over the past weekend. The Super Plunge is 24 plunges in 24 hours, with 1 plunge every hour. It was cold, exhausting and 100% fun.
My mother is a certified Disney nut and when she asked me if I wanted to do a Star Wars Half Marathon, I quickly said yes. So quickly in fact, that I hadn’t even completed my first half marathon yet. My mom signed up for the 5k and 10k and let me run the half marathon. At the time, running a Spartan Beast the day before wasn’t even on my radar, and this race was a few months after Beat The Blerch, so I was confident that I would be able to finish this half marathon. Bonus points: it’s Star Wars themed! Oh yea!