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Conquering Half Marathons and Shart Fears!

 

Over the past two years that I have adapted a running regimen into my fitness training I have overcome many obstacles. Every person who runs goes through the same mental and physical stumbling blocks as they persist onward in pursuit of their running game.

Pretty much this is a snapshot of my progression –

Can I get motivated enough to get off the couch when that bag of Cheetos is seducing me?

I hate running!

Why does a 5K have to be 3.1 miles?

What do you mean there are no beer stands along the way to the finish line? I must wait until I’m done?

Why does every damn race seem to start at the God-awful buttcrack of dawn? Continue reading Conquering Half Marathons and Shart Fears!

Conquering Urban Mudder in NYC. The kid does it again!

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This was much harder than it looks! Head Rush was one of the first obstacles. Time to get wet!

In the words of Rocky Balboa- “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward; how much you can take and keep moving forward.”

“That’s how winning is done!”

Each year now I put myself through one of these mud runs and obstacle course races. Whether it’s a Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, Urban Mudder, etc. 3 miles, 12 miles, 5 miles. Each year I end up a bit bruised, battered, bloodied, and scraped up. I do it for a cause. To give something back. Anything.

They say it’s a young man’s game. I’m probably one of the older dudes out there on event day. I don’t let it defeat me. Maybe I’m crazy. Why do I put myself through this pain? Because I can. Because I won’t ever give up. Life is too much fun, and too short, to sit on a couch and watch it all go by. Even if what I do makes a tiny bit of difference in someone’s life it’s all worth it to me. It’s worth the aches and pains my body feels after these races. Plus, I will admit I do enjoy the feeling of accomplishment when I cross that finish line.

I recruited my bud Francisco to get out there with me for his first OCR and we conquered the first ever Urban Mudder NYC in 2015! It was a terrific day and experience. Even with a sunny hot 88 degree day out we crushed it. Boom!

We want to thank all those who offered their support and donations. You rock! We were one of the top 5 fundraising teams for the Make A Wish charity with over $3400! The Make A Wish Foundation was very grateful for our efforts. In total they raised over $40,000 with Urban Mudder. Again, thank you all who helped support us with this cause. Continue reading Conquering Urban Mudder in NYC. The kid does it again!

Urban Mudder NYC tomorrow and Make A Wish charity!

 

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We get to play Batman on this one! Photo Credit – Urban Mudder!

I can’t believe it’s going to happen tomorrow!

That is, of course, me making a fool of myself again for a good cause. Miles of running broken up by jumping, climbing, crawling, and hanging over and through a dozen or so obstacles created by a bunch of evil madmen.

Seems like I just can’t give up doing stupid stuff to my body and putting it through some sort of hellish physical ordeal each year now. After my experiences these past few years completing a Warrior Dash and a Tough Mudder you would think I’m pretty well versed with obstacle course and mud runs by now. I thought I was. Here I am entered to participate in an Urban Mudder happening right here in NYC on July 25th and I still feel all anxious and nervous a bit! I have been hitting the gym and getting my running game in gear these past few months. Funny thing is I normally hated running, but after going out to jog 5K’s multiple times a week I think I am actually starting to enjoy it after all these years. Shudder the thought, right? Continue reading Urban Mudder NYC tomorrow and Make A Wish charity!

I’m at it again! Make A Wish & Urban Mudder in NYC July 25!

 

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The kid just can’t stop himself.

Seems like I just can’t give up doing stupid stuff to my body and putting it through some sort of hellish physical ordeal each year now. Well, after I swore off doing these obstacle course and mud runs after a Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder I am now entered to participate in an Urban Mudder happening right here in NYC on July 25th!

Yup, throwing caution to the wind I am participating in the Urban Mudder in NYC at Randall’s Island and running this for charity. Very cool that it’s right in my own backyard playground. The charity I chose is the terrific Make A Wish foundation. I hope that you can support me as I put my body on the line again, and it doesn’t matter how big or small a donation you can make. It all helps support this wonderful organization’s efforts. After all, it’s for the kids!

From the folks that brought us Tough Mudder –

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“The city that never sleeps has another reason to keep moving. We’re taking over Randall’s Island on July 25th with brand new, innovative obstacles, music on course, and an all-day festival. This is not your climb a net, do a burpee BS. Up until now, the only way to experience obstacles of this size, scale and pure awesomeness was at a Tough Mudder. Now you have them right here in NYC. Course details – About 5 miles, 12-15 obstacles, 3 water stations.” Sounds like a great time! I am already in training for this with my gym workouts, and now that the arctic weather and ice covered roads have melted away my running regimen will begin. Yeah, I have a love/hate relationship with running but it needs to be done. Time to man up and put away my skirt again. Link to the NYC event page to see what it’s all about – http://urbanmudder.com/events/2015-new-york

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Urban Mudder is honored to support Make-A-Wish® in granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. A Make-A-Wish experience can help kids cope with – or even overcome – their illnesses. At every Urban Mudder, participants will have the opportunity to raise funds for local wish kids. Urban Mudder doesn’t just create life-changing experiences for participants – it helps create life-changing experience for wish kids. http://wish.org/

Here is the link to my donation page. Any amount will be greatly appreciated to help support such a fine cause!

https://www.crowdrise.com/Philip-Holtberg—Urban-Mudder-New-York-2016/fundraiser/philipholtberg

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Again, thanks to all who have supported me in the past, and to those who support my future efforts here with this event. You all rock!