UVM Cat Crawl Obstacle Course Race

2016 UVM Cat Crawl obstacle course race
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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
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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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Spartan Sprint – 2015 Killington

2015 Spartan Sprint

A few weeks ago, I participated in my first Spartan Race. The Spartan Sprint was held at Killington Mountain Ski Resort and was described as a 3+ mile obstacle course with 15+ obstacles.

Before talking about my experience, I’ll give a brief overview of my physical fitness. Over the last 5 years or so, I’ve ran a handful of times and never worked out. I’ve never enjoyed going to the gym or running, so with the exception of high school cross-country & track and my years in the Marine Corps, I only had a few years of running.

That is until a few months ago when I joined my local Crossfit gym. I read about Crossfit last year and wanted to join, but it was one of those things that I never got around to doing. So with about 2-3 months worth of Crossfit training and a dozen or more ~3 mile runs on the bike path, I made a last minute decision to register for the Spartan Sprint. (I registered on Thursday and ran on Sunday.)

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