Monday, August 27, 2012

Training starts NOW!

I have a confession to make, although I have been running regularly for nearly 10 years, I have never run a race (unless the Main Dunstable Elementary 6th grade race counts). Yes, it is shameful.  Since the age of 18, I have braved New England snow at 5am, ridiculously angry geese along Boston’s Charles River, and wild animal encounters while living in Northern NH, but I have been too nervous to sign up for a race.
As you know, we are running the Zappos Rock ‘N Roll Half this December. December 2nd to be exact; making it around 15 weeks away. Besides a few “woo Vegas!” thoughts, I have had a lot of “can I handle it?” thoughts. I am a regular runner, but the farthest distance I have ever run is 7 miles…and that hasn’t been recently. In transitioning, I have done a lot of 2-3 milers while adjusting to new shoes, and a 5 miler maybe once a week. That being said, I am starting my training. TODAY.

I found a plan online that features a 16 week guide that I am going to be following (adjusting a little for the timing). Although it features only 1 -2 miles in the first couple of weeks, I am going to use that time to continue to transition in my shoes and be more aware of my form.

So, who is joining us? Have you started your training?

Monday, August 20, 2012

Spartan Race- The Aftermath

OK. I’ll admit it.  I may have underestimated the Spartan Race.

5K, I thought- no problem.

Burpees? Yah, I can do a lot of those.

Army crawling in the mud? Sure, that’s lots of fun.

While those are definitely pieces of the Spartan Race…it does not even begin to describe it.

The challenge comes in when you need to overcome your mind. Your brain keeps thinking- this seems dangerous, this seems dirty, this seems hard. And your mind reels about how uncomfortable you are- whether with the types of creatures or as Nicole says, “s-words” (snakes) that could be swimming around in the thigh deep murky, root and branch filled water that your wading through. Or the heft of your mud soaked shirt that is stretching out around you with the weight of mud and water as your trying to climb a 35% incline hill carrying a 20lb sand bag. Or the pain in your hands as they blister while you pull a 40 pound cement piling on a metal chain. Burpees are a whole new challenge as sand flies in your face. Or for me, when I got grass in my eye while doing them. I had to overcome it with my mind and for me, I just thought how I was stronger than Tom Brady in this moment- I can get past grass in my eye (kidding, Tom Brady, I love you). Anyway, the challenge is not to think of the "what ifs", or the "this hurts", or the "this is uncomfortable" and just run on. 

We are proud at inov-8 of our amazing sponsored athletes who took on the challenge of their first Spartan Race and rocked it! Ben Nephew (pictured below) placed 1st in the Open division and 4th overall and Lisa Mikkelsen (pictured in the tractor pull) placed first in her age division.

Besides being an awesome challenge, running in our inov-8s was absolutely an advantage.  All around us people were slipping down hills, losing their shoes in the mud, or throwing their shoes away after the race.  My F-Lite 230s didn’t budge from my feet as the mud tried to suction me into a mucky black hole. They gripped as we went down a wet downhill rocky path, and at the end of the race, after being unrecognizable with a solid coating of mud, I stuck the hose in them, let the water drain out (it literally poured out through the upper mesh), and they looked as good as new.

Oh and one more thing- the Spartan Race was an awesome team building/bonding experience. We all laughed or cried (not literally, but almost) our way through the obstacles together and gawked at the amount of mud down our shirts (honestly, somehow even my underwear was covered in mud!). We had a blast together!

Now that I know what Spartan Races are all about- I am excited for the challenge of my next one. 

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Training for the Office

Caitlin, Nicole and I have been training for our upcoming Spartan Race this Saturday. I will be running in my f-lite 230's to see how they do in an obstacle race, as will Caitlin, but Nicole is going to be trying out the new Trailrocs.  

All of us feel  like we are prepared. Yes, we are road runners at heart, but we are no strangers to CrossFit workouts and off road runs. Each of us have been adding in even more diversified training to help us prepare – hitting up the CrossFit box next to our office and getting muddy on the trails a little more than we are used to. 

In addition to our #committed training, we have also been having a little fun with it in the office. 

 How are you training for Spartan