2016 Boston Spartan Race Sprint

2015 Boston Spartan Sprint
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The 2016 Boston Spartan Race Sprint was held on June 4 and 5. I originally signed up for the elite/competitor’s grouping early in the morning, but soon realized that I couldn’t make the start time, so I changed my heat until the afternoon. After a nearly 4 hour drive, I arrived at the event located at the Carter & Stevens Farm in Barre, Massachusetts.

I arrived two hours early as noted in the instructions, but maybe next time I’ll just arrive an hour or so early. One thing that I quickly realized was that there was not enough shade or tents. Being a red-head, fair skinned guy, I was lucky that I brought my sunscreen and I applied generously hoping that the application wouldn’t grease my hands too much. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be sunburned by the time this blog entry is posted.
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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

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

2016 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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