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2014 Beat the Blerch

Carnation, WA – For my first ever official half marathon, I chose a “silly” one. Why is this half marathon “silly”? How about having couches, cake and a purple drink at each water station? Not “silly” enough, how about various Blerches reminding you that “you don’t have to do this!” and “Lets go sit on a couch and watch a movie instead!?” For the history on the Blerch, read here.

This race was an interesting race, not just because of the silliness, but it was a 99% trail run, not really what I was expecting. I started off really strong, running under 9 minutes a mile for the first couple of miles, but then the funkiness of the day started to set in.

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Fitness is a skill

Fitocracy has a great article that says ‘Fitness is a skill‘. Motivation is a tough beast, but once you get into the habit of making fitness a priority, you can master it. The article compares fitness to riding a bicycle and it’s fairly true. At first you really suck at it, but after practice, patience and time you can ride a bicycle. Fitness is no different. With practice, patience and time anyone can become fit.

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2014 Warrior Dash

It's the Devil you know
It’s the Devil you know..

Welcome to my recap of the 2014 Warrior Dash in New Plains OR, Race with my Mom edition. This was my first Warrior Dash that we did not receive a timing chip to race with, which I new a few other racers had mentioned that they were sad that it wasn’t timed. I didn’t mind that it wasn’t timed. I was racing with my mom for her first Warrior Dash and I think her second “mud run”. Continue reading

Recaps are coming and Shamrock Run

Recaps for the Warrior Dash and Beat the Blerch are coming! I will be traveling to Ohio for the Super Spartan (and completing my first Spartan trifecta!) this weekend so I will have plenty of time to write the drafts while I fly.

The 37th annual Shamrock run opened registration today and this year will have the first half marathon distance! Naturally I signed up for the half marathon distance. I must really enjoy the torture of running a half marathon now.

Warrior Dash and Rugged Maniac are coming back to Portland in 2015!

Warrior Dash Returns to Oregon in 2015!
We’ll be back with the Battleground to test yours skills on September 12, 2015 at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains, OR. Sign up by Tuesday, September 16 to get early bird pricing of only $45. Sign up here.


Registration is now open for the 2015 Portland Rugged Maniac!  Register by September 19th with the code PTL2015 and pay only $39 – no insurance or processing fees!

As if that wasn’t awesome enough, next year’s event will feature some big new obstacles (think trampolines) and finisher medals for every runner, all courtesy of our new partner, billionaire Mark Cuban!

 

My Adventures in Obstacle Course Races and Training for them