Goals Update for February

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
January 9,245 286,604 372,000 77%
February 7,936 134,916 204,000 66%
Total 8,781 421,520 576,000 73%

Marathon Weekend Results are in!

SoCal Spartan Beast – 12.24 miles – 1/17/2015

Overall: 1866/3194
Gender: 1477/2288
Age Group: 247/384
Total Time: 4:56:48

Disney Star Wars Half Marathon – 13.3 miles – 1/18/2015
Overall: 1887/10374
Gender: 1256/4400
Age Group: 277/980
Total Time: 2:16:04

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Getting ready for my Marathon Weekend

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.

Run2Survive ZombieFest 5k(ish)

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)

2014 Goals Revisited and Looking forward to 2015

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

Training for my Marathon Weekend Continues

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.IMG_4534
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!

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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My Adventures in Obstacle Course Races and Training for them