14th Star Brewing’s Run For Beer 5k Fun Run

14th Star Brewing's Run For Beer 5k Fun Run
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As part of “my year of Stronger, Faster, Healthier, Better,” I wanted to run a few 5k races, so I signed up for the Run For Beer 5k. The last time that I had ran 3 or more miles was the Half-Marathon Unplugged in April.

A few days before the race, I ran the one mile loop near my CrossFit gym and timed myself at 7:07 for a mile (post-workout). At that time, it was the fastest mile that I had ran since I was in my early-twenties (and actively running in Marine Corps), so I felt pretty good. My goal for this 5k was to run a pace of under 8 min/mile.
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2016 CrossFit Games Open

2016 CrossFit Open
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I was going to write a quick blog entry about my experience in the 2016 CrossFit Games Open, but I fell sick the week after the event ended and it slipped my mind for a while. Now that I’m feeling better, I’ll try to recount my experience in the event.

For starters, this was my first CrossFit Games Open and I had just began CrossFit last August. The event ran from February 25 to March 28 with a new workout posted each Thursday night. My gym did the workouts on the following day. For the most part, I did the scaled versions of each of the workouts. I believe I could have done the un-scaled (RX, as prescribed) versions, but there would have been a few movements that I couldn’t complete due to either (lack of) skills or (too much) weight. Continue reading

UVM Cat Crawl Obstacle Course Race

2016 UVM Cat Crawl obstacle course race

This last weekend, I took part in the first UVM Cat Crawl obstacle course race. The event held by the UVM Sports Club was a fairly small race with about 30-40 people in the competitive and fun run categories. The fun run category consisted of running just one lap while the competitive category required three laps. The competitive runners also got a 2 or 3 minute head start to help spread out the field.

The race was $5 for students and $10 for everyone else. The total distance was about 3.5 miles and started in front of the Bailey-Howe Library. The course lap was broken down with the following obstacles: Continue reading

Half-Marathon Unplugged

2016 Half-Marathon Unplugged

As part of “my year of Stronger, Faster, Healthier, Better,” I wanted to run a half-marathon so I signed up for the Half-Marathon Unplugged. Having (almost) never (since high school) ran more than three miles, I started running a few months ago. While I only ran a handful of times -about once or twice a month since January-, I was able to get up to eight miles before I got sick and had to take a couple weeks off.

My breathing finally recovered from my sickness on the day before the half-marathon race. With self-doubts of cold weather, too much distance, and lack of fitness creeping in, I pushed those aside and laced up my shoes. Having never ran that far before, I read that you should keep a conversational pace – a pace where you could easily converse with another runner. So I did just that – a slow, steady pace of around 9:30/mile for the first 8 miles miles or so.
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List of Vermont birding resources

Bald Eagle over Shelburne Bay

Over the last several months, I’ve been taking some wildlife photography of mostly birds. While winter isn’t the best birding season, I’ve been able to photograph quite a few species that’s visiting from the north during the colder weather. I’ve also spotted eight bald eagles in the last month near the Lake Champlain’s coast (three of those were within a couple blocks of my house while walking my dog).

Here’s a few resources for those starting out with birding/bird photography in Vermont that’s been super useful to me:
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