I know last year I said that I wouldn’t do the Star Wars Half Marathon as Disney races are very expensive and you really can’t run a true race, unless you are the first 50 out the gate, due to the course going through Disneyland and has multiple choke points. It was hard to turn off my competitive switch, but I did what I could to enjoy the runs.
Saturday was the 10k, which was 98% inside of Disneyland and like all Disneyland races I have done the race was to start at 5:30am. Luckily I was staying at the Disneyland Hotel, so I was fortunate enough to wake up at 4:45am to start the race and not 3:30am like last year. While doing my pre-race stretches, the middle of my lower back gave me a little ZING and I was horrified. I did a quick jog and I didn’t feel my back, so I was hopeful that I would be able to finish the race, that started in less than 10 minutes. I continued my pre-race stretching and a few minutes later, the race started. Continue reading Disneyland 2016 Star Wars Rebel Challenge→
Last year for a fundraiser I did a Tropical 5k Santa Run in Portland, OR, on Christmas day in 38° F weather. It rained, it hailed, it was for a good cause. This year, I ant to up the ante a bit and run farther than I ever have before and with weights. But there is a catch! Think of this as a fundraising kickstarter. My goal for the Super Plunge is $3,542 and I currently sit at $525. The run will take place on 12/26 starting at a 5k and if the total donated is above the level listed below, that’s what will happen.
The levels are:
$650 is a 5k no weights
$800 is a 10k with 3 lbs on each arm
$1000 is a 15k with 3 lbs on each arm and 5 lbs in a backpack
$1200 is a half marathon with 3 lbs on each arm and 10 lbs in a backpack
$1500 is 15 miles with 3 lbs on each arm and 20 lbs in a backpack
Now, with the above levels, I have never run more than 13.3 miles at once and that was with no weights. I will be running with Runkeeper’s (or Runtastic’s) live tracking and will post a link for it and I will be posting pictures during the run at my instagram account.
The 2015 Pacific Northwest Spartan Sprint had a few firsts for me. I ran as part of an impromptu team with two other Hurricane Heat members from the previous night, so penalties could be shared. I failed the Hercules Hoist for the first time ever as the gloves I wore got more slippery when wet and the fire jump was without fire.
Since the Hurricane Heat group failed to memorize “Walking on Sunshine”, I had it playing on repeat for the entire sprint as punishment/entertainment.
The race, once again was in Washougal, WA at the Washougal MX Park. The course mad quite a few changes over last year and the race was a blast. Yes, it was hard, as this is a Spartan Race.
Boy’s aren’t supposed to cry. I heard this a lot when I was growing up. Hide your feelings is another way of putting it. That’s what I did when I was in middle school through college. No, that’s a lie, I still hide some feelings, but I am way more open now than I used to be. I also put a lot of weight into what other people thought of me, more than what I thought of myself. Now, I know that way of thinking was very damaging to myself in many ways, socially, mentally and physically.
I held my emotions in until I exploded. I remember coming home from middle(?) school one day and writing “I am stupid” tens of times in a single sheet of 8.5×11 single lined paper. I don’t recall the reason why, but I have to assume I thought that “I was stupid”. After that I started to go to therapy every week for a number of months. I can only remover a handful of things that happened, taking an IQ test and forgetting what the Eiffel Tower was called, even though I knew the location and going to the comic store afterwards to get Usagi Yojimbo and TMNT comics. Continue reading Mental Health→
This morning I received the Mandatory Items list for the upcoming Hurricane Heat, HH-073, this weekend. Out of the required items, I have to pick up 10lbs of canned goods and a sharpie (the one I have isn’t waterproof). I still have yet to get the butterflies, but I’m sure they will hit Friday morning.
Now I just need to memorize the following…
I will always place the mission first.
I will never accept defeat.
I will never quit.
I will never leave a fallen comrade.
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*