Couch to 5k: Life and getting back on track

Life events, both personal and professional have kept me away from training and racing. As of last week, that has changed because in stead of waiting for the “perfect time” to train I made time. With the help of my wife I was able to make time. Yay! I started to run again with a Couch to 5k training plan.

Last week I chose an intermediate Couch to 5k training plan from Garmin using heart rate zones. Tuesday through Sunday I ran or rucked each day. So I had my first full week of activity since my son was born, almost 2 and a half years ago. Running tonight felt really good. I stayed in heart rate zone 2 for the entire run, 30 minutes. The only time I was out of the heart rate zone range was the starting ramp up and 2 seconds of being in zone 3 near the end.

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Seattle Spartan Weekend

The past weekend was filled with Spartan 4 events, 3 of which I was registered for and I participated in 1, the Super Spartan. Due to my lack of training, I opted to skip the Sprint and due to lack of desire, I skipped the Hurricane Heat. The fourth event was the Hurricane Heat 12 Hour, which I will most likely never do.

It was fun to catch up with a lot of the Beasts OCR members and meeting new members. The Airbnb that a few of us stayed at was freaking amazing, lakeside for the win!

My race recap is up at the Beasts OCR site and will be up here on Monday.

Beasts Challenge for Virtual Challenges

I’ve been neglecting this site a bit, my only excuse is because I’ve been working on creating BeastsChallenge.com for the OCR team I’m part of. It’s a fun challenge site for members and non-members of Beasts Obstacle Course Racers. We currently have 2 year long challenges, a Community Payback challenge and a Supporting Local Races challenge as well as a monthly challenge and a fundraiser/charity virtual race (a taco mile!)

Stop by and enter a challenge or three! 🙂

Portland GORUCK Light 28-OCT-2017

Well, I did it. I completed a GORUCK event. After last years Medical DNF from the Halloween Tough, where I got further than I thought I would but still mentally messed me up, I signed up for a GORUCK Light and completed it. Not exactly apples to apples, but it’s a completed event none the less.

I got to the starting point with about 2 minutes to spare. I hadn’ t seen anything about a need to wear a costume, so I went wearing my normal endurance event gear. Sure enough I see 3 or 4 people out of 30 or so people in costume. My first thought was “what did I miss, oh well can’t change it now.” Sure enough. 2 hours prior to the start Cadre DS posted to the events facebook page to be in costume. Note to future Halloween GORUCK participants: Expect there to be a costume requirement. Bring something light and easy to pack. It may save your butt! Continue reading Portland GORUCK Light 28-OCT-2017

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