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 goals for 2015 are as follows:
Run 1,000 miles (almost double the previous year 576)
– 114 of 134 miles completed as of today. I’m behind, but I can make it up
Stay in the Spartan Trifecta Tribe
– 2015 Beast Completed
– 2015 Super scheduled August 8th
– 2015 Sprint scheduled October 17th
Complete a Spartan Hurricane Heat
– Scheduled August 7th
Take an average of 12k steps a day for all of 2015. If I fail, I donate $2,000 to Paws and Stripes, if I succeed donate $1,200.
– as of now, I’m way behind, but all is not lost.
|Month||Average Steps Per Day||Total Steps||Goal||Percent|
SoCal Spartan Beast – 12.24 miles – 1/17/2015
Age Group: 247/384
Total Time: 4:56:48
Disney Star Wars Half Marathon – 13.3 miles – 1/18/2015
Age Group: 277/980
Total Time: 2:16:04
I’m a few days away from my Marathon weekend (Spartan Beast on Saturday and Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday) and I’m not in top form! I’ve lost all of the holiday weight that I gained, but some how managed to get a knot in my left calf and take a small chunk out of my right heel. Thankfully my wife has dramatically reduced the knot in my calf, but the chunk is still giving me grief, While testing out the Reebok All Terrain Super shoes this past weekend, the back of the shoe rubbed against my heel in bad ways. I shouldn’t have used the socks that I did as they are a little too long for me feet and bunch up at the back. My training running shoes do not have this issue, but what’s done is done. I just hope that it heals as best as it can and wrapping my heel will help. A test run on Friday will let me know if the wrap is doable.
I participated in my first race where something chases you. This added a new dimension to a traditional run that made it a little more exciting too! The Energy Events Run2Survive ZombieFest 5k was really a fun run! I believe the race was closer to 4k than 5k, but the distance didn’t matter.
I got there wicked early and got a chance to stroll around the plaza to take in all of the vendors and booths. There was an area marked off for Zombie painting, to give the Zombies a more scary look, if they needed it. There was also the alcohol area, that have plenty of room for people, Kraken and Jose Cuervo Cinge for post race goodness. Continue reading Run2Survive ZombieFest 5k(ish)
For 2014 I had a few goals, become a member of the Spartan Trifecta (complete a Spartan Sprint, Super and Beast in the same calendar year) and complete a half Marathon. I completed both of those goals in 2014, which helped me get into the best shape of my life and I did obstacles that I never thought I would be able to do. Continue reading 2014 Goals Revisited and Looking forward to 2015
Mid January I have the SoCal Spartan Beast on 1/17 and the next day the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland or what I am calling my “Marathon Weekend” as I am guessing that I will be running close to a full marathon that weekend. I’ve upped my training with trail runs, as I found an entrance to a park that is three miles away so I can add in trail running into my longer runs. Within the trails of the park, I can quite easily run a half marathon in, so there’s plenty of trails to explore. I’ve nicknamed this run the “Grandma’s House” run.
Closer to the house is a .45 mile hill loop that is pretty steep that connects to a bridge and stairs for getting a hill workout on my smaller runs. I’ve noticed that the stairs have gotten a little easier, but the uphill run is still brutal. I’m glad the hill is there to train with!