As those of you who follow my blog know I had been training to get back in shape to run in the Warrior Dash that occurred this past weekend in New Jersey. Well, I have to say that it was an absolute blast! It was probably the most fun I have had in a long time. Physically demanding, mentally taxing, and I totally loved it! By the time I was crossing the finish line I was banged up, tired, cut, scraped, and bruised. Yet, the feeling of victorious accomplishment had me fully exhilarated. Call me crazy but I wanted to do it again!
The Warrior Dash was everything I hoped it would be. I had read about these mud runs and they have become the hot new thing for those with an adventurous athletic fervor, and taste for something different from the typical fitness regimen. Talk about taking it to the next level! Even though I have been going to the gym for years, lifting weights and jogging the treadmill, I knew I had to prepare with more intensity to get ready for this. I added in actual running outside (and I usually hate running), along with a more advanced weight training plan and proper nutrition over the eight weeks leading up to the dash. Plus, it had been many years since I actually competed in an actual athletic event. I looked at the Warrior Dash as a way to coax my mind and my body back into the athletic arena, and get back into fit shape. I didn’t want to embarrass myself out there! Continue reading My first Warrior Dash – Mud, Sweat, Fun, and Beer!
The training has begun. The eating right has started. The blood, sweat, and tears will be immeasurable. The weight lifting will be intense. The running, and I HATE running, will be a labor of love. I will not fail. I will attack this goal like none other. I will not let myself, or anyone down. I will persist and achieve my goal as a St Jude Warrior!
The Warrior Dash is basically a 5K mud run / spartan run through all kinds of obstacles. Jumping over fire, climbing over walls, swimming through mud bogs, maneuvering through embankments, climbing over cargo nets, crawling under barbed wire, and assorted other craziness. Check out the link to view them. It’s an all day event with waves of people participating throughout the day. Why might you ask am I going to subject my body to this mayhem? Well, I am a bit daft to begin with and love competing, even though it’s been a few years since I have participated in any competitions. I just saw this as a fun thing to try out. To get my body back in shape after a few months gym layoff. Then I also saw the wonderful charity partnered with it and knew I just had to go all out. Come Get Some! Continue reading Warrior Dash – Blood, Sweat, and Tears Aug 3rd in NJ! I’m in for a great cause. Come Get Some!
This is not a day for a frivilous post about food, drinking, ranting or raving. It’s not a day for being all funny and goofy. I had other posts ready but decided that with the recent events to put up a more somber and respectful article expressing my thoughts on what just had occurred up in Boston.
I have seen and been through a lot during my life on this green planet that we call home. Yesterday started out as a beautiful spring day. No one could have foreseen what was about to take place at what should have been a joyous occasion. What started off as a day of celebration in Boston for Patriots Day and the Boston Marathon turned into utter chaos and tragedy. As the events unfolded before our eyes we all were again faced with the stark realities of terror, and the world we all now reside in. I have now seen this all too often. We all have. When will it end? Why does this keep happening? Is there any way we can really fully prepare for this in the future? There are no true answers to these questions. All I know is that we all have seen and experienced enough of this sadness.
This is yet another tragic day in American history. In world history. We must all stay strong and be resiliant yet again. We must not give in to the fear of terror and hate, but rise above it. Whether you are a religious person or not, say a prayer if you feel up to it for those who were affected by yesterday’s attack on human dignity. So many people were hurt, maimed, and even killed due to these senseless actions of someone or some group whose sole purpose was to inflict pain and hurt on our people. On our country. On our collective pshyche. Continue reading I will say a prayer for you today Boston.
I’m not a runner. Never have been, and never will be. I always see and hear about those who get up at the crack of dawn to get in their morning jog. I see them running through the city streets dodging traffic, running around those on the way to work, and trying to avoid crashing into baby carriages along the way. It can be a driving rain storm, a foot of snow in a blizzard, or even single digit frigid temperatures out and these hearty beings persevere so as to not miss one run. Personally, I think many of them are nuts! You won’t catch me out in that weather doing anything other than hitting a bar or picking up some Chinese food to take home to the couch. I’ll happily sit in a cafe with my cappuccino while relaxing in a comfy chair and watch you all huff and puff by.
Continue reading You a runner? You jog? Not me!