Survivor Mud Run with my Wife Kristi and we had a blast… So much that I think I found a new hobby! (click here for the Survivor Mud Run Seattle Race Report) I am REALLY excited about obstacle racing first because it is a HUGE challenge both physically and mentally, and second because it tests every aspect of your fitness. If you have never seen an obstacle race or mud run before this video will give you a little taste of what the Warrior Dash is all about:
If that doesn’t get you excited to work out and have a blast with a few good friends I don’t know what will! I’m also planning on doing them all in my Vibram Five Fingers, because after last weeks mud run I really feel like they offer a HUGE advantage in traction, ground feel, climbing ability, and weight when wet. Anyways, I am REALLY pumped up and excited about the upcoming race and am adding in some additional elements to my routine now including some body weight exercises, kettlebell swings, plyometrics, and weightlifting to help me drop more weight quicker and get over those BIG obstacles a bit quicker! Have you ever done a mud run or obstacle race? What was your experience like and how did you train?
Running every day isn’t easy… and some days are harder than others. June 18th’s Survivor Mud Run Seattle was one of the tough days! If you have never done a mud run I highly recommend you try it out! It was an EPIC day of showing the world how tough you are in the 60 degree pouring rain. With 3.3 miles of mud, rivers, and mayhem including 14 obstacles you absolutely got your moneys worth! When the race started a 9 am I saw the first finishers coming over the line and thought to myself these people do not look too muddy! By the time my 11:45 heat started and close to 2000 people had covered the course it was a pure mud-fest.
This was my first race as a barefoot runner, and I used my Vibram KSOs. People looked at you a bit weird, but I really feel like they were a HUGE advantage. My ground feel was awesome and not running in waterlogged trail shoes was totally worth it even with the rocks and gravel roads. They also stayed on amazingly well in the deep mud. There was one point in the bog where myself, Krisy, and a guy we had never met were mired so deep in the mud we were unable to free ourselves. It took a solid 10 minutes of pushing, lifting, and pulling to get all three of us free. I was literally up to my hip in mud so deep I could not move and had to crawl on my belly to avoid sinking deeper. My first thought when I sunk that deep is this is how dinosaurs got fossilized! The 10-foot wall was awesome, the pipes were cool and a bit freaky, and the other racers were awesome!
For the $60 entry fee you got to race (obviously) a shower! a free beer, a free Brat, t-shirt, and a finishers medal. Well worth it in my opinion. My only gripe was that there could have been a few more course safety people on hand as there were a few injuries and I saw one girl wait a very long time to get help for an injured ankle after jumping off the 10-foot wall. Overall though, the available staff were nice, friendly, and helpful. The DJ was good and the event was well organized and planned. my only other gripe was the volume of showers available… it was a LONG line to get cleaned up and even after we did we used two 2 1/2 gallon jugs for a sponge bath at the car just to get sort of clean. I needed one more real shower and Krisy needed two to get her hair clean. This race is on my must do list for next year…
No iPhone GPS tracks with Runtastic though! No way I was going to carry it on this course. I saw too many people looking for gear in the thick soupy mud! I uploaded the time and distance manually: 3.3 miles in 1:50:30. Most of that extra time was spent waiting to get over crowded obstacles, but it was a welcome break, and I was BEAT when we finished! This isn’t a course to set a new personal best on… It’s about covering the distance and I think most reasonably fit people should be able to do it if my tubby butt could! 🙂
Wow… Where did the MONTH go? I know (hope) there is someone out there that is asking themselves What on earth happened to Brad? Well… First let me say I did in fact run every day this month. If you would like to see the details of every run you can see them on my Runtastic Profile. Here is the High level summary:
Not bad for a guy who thought a long run was to the fridge and back 52 days ago!
So, whats happened this month, well I have flirted with the idea of eating vegetarian, and I have to say I don’t really miss meat like I thought I would. I am currently about 90% veg and 50% vegan. Not really for any moralistic purpose, I just feel like it is a healthier way to eat. I have been reading The Engine 2 Diet and it has been a BIG help in showing me how to eat “man food” that is vegetarian, healthy and delicious. I always felt like eating veg was eating foods food and that I would be limited to salads, sandwiches, and stuff like that, but I have had some AWESOME vegan and Veg meals. If a Texas Fireman and IronMan Triathlete can eat Vegan I feel like I should be able to go veg for a month so that is the current challenge.
I have also been barefoot running off and on in my Vibram Five Fingers, and I really enjoy it as well, but it is hard for me to get the distance in that I can in regular running shoes, but I understand the logic behind why it is a good idea to run barefoot and how it could benefit me. The issue is that your feet are used to being supported all the time, so there is a lot of muscular development that has to happen to build healthy strong feet, and it just takes time. Krisy is a stay at home mom and wears her Five Fingers out and about every day so the break in period for her has gone MUCH faster than it has for me due to a demanding work schedule. Still both of us love them and I highly recommend you try a pair on and see for yourself what you are missing. If you are thinking about it I recommend you check out Vanessa Runs, the famous Barefoot Ted or Barefoot Running University for good barefoot training information. I share what I am doing and what works for me, but I think it is always a good idea to get multiple perspectives.
I also had my first business trip as a careful eating runner. Its not as hard as I thought it would be. I was on a three day trip to Salt Lake City for a district meeting and I was able to go to all my meetings, dinners, drinks etc… and STILL get my runs in. Its a beautiful way to get to experience a new city. and the only advice I have to give is pack some shorts, shoes and tech shirt and get off your butt. It really was that simple. 🙂
Finally, I think I have a new direction for the blog. Instead of blogging EVERY run no matter how boring I am going to do a weekly wrap up of mileage and what happens and try to share more recopies and items of interest. I’ll still blog great runs, PB’s, and races, as well as the random intriguing thoughts I have, but I am not enjoying the pressure and tediousness of blogging every run with a map. Hopefully it will make the blog more readable and informational for everyone. I’m down 13 pounds in a month and a half so the REAL plan is to keep running, blogging, and sharing with others to make their path to health a little easier.