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Race Recap: Getting Rugged

I swore I was never going to do it.

I swore there was no way you would ever get me out from the work camera and on a course.

I swore I could not do anything.

And I did it.

Work afforded me the opportunity to jump in at Rugged Maniac at Portland International Raceway. I did this both as my social media peep at Mud Run Guide bringing you the best coverage. But I got to help my friend Dana as she tackled her first OCR.

You start with having the jump a wall to get into the start chute. I learned a lot from watching Spartan last year and I used the support bar and hauled myself up and over.

Without freaking out.

(Last year I freaked out at just trying a wall)

The course is spread out throughout Portland International Raceway. It has the typical obstacles you would expect, climbing ladders, walls, hanging obstacles ect.

My favorite, both from the spectator and from the now done it perspective is zero gravity. You climb up to a platform that has three trampolines that you jump on to move forward until you hit the cargo net wall, you climb up the cargo net and down the ladder.

I may of just saved myself the problem and jumped into the water for the Gauntlet which are these gym mats that make a pathway over the water, while you are ducking punching bags.

I also love frog hop, which are these plastic platforms in the water that you have to traverse while they are only held in place by a few ropes. I crawled…. I noticed the wide stance worked better and went for it.

There was a lot of climbing small mountains of dirt. A lot of climbing out of holes, and a lot of mud. Half of our course was on a motor cross track, and there was a lot of sliding and trying to make

You also have ones that test your fears. Claustrophia puts you in this dark narrow tunnel that you can not necessarily see the end of until you make the final turn. I literally followed whoever was behind me and kept my eyes on the ground.

There was some stuff that I could not realistically do. My grip and my wrist just will not allow for it. One of the things I love about Rugged is if there is something you can not do, its not a big deal. They want you to try (hense a couple I literally just jumped into the water and traversed that way).

And there is the accelerator.

I am afraid of heights. Heights make me cuss a lot. Accelerator actually starts at the warped wall. It was

My Resting Mud Face. Thank you Rugged for the photos.
recommended medically I dont try the wall yet so I took the ladder up (even though I did try a few things I probably should not of). Which led to a climb up Mt. Manaic which is a cargo net that is at an angle that leads up to the final of three shipping containers, which leads you to a super tiny ladder to the accelerator. The accelerator is a waterside that takes you all away down to the ground.

I was ready to scream.

The whole thing I learned is you can not over think it. As long as I put my head down and pushed through I could get through 90 percent of what was in front of me, and if I could not get through I found another way around. I think it was the universes way of reminding me that I could do more as long as I stopped being in my head so dang much about everything.

I will do Rugged again next year no matter where the road leads me (more on this at a later time, this is the third blog I have written in one night). I like it challenges people to push but the pressure is not as competitive as it is as something like a Spartan.

I highly encourage everyone to get to a Rugged near them. It can be a perfect challenge to push yourself no matter what level you are at.

Vancouver America Marathon Half Recap: Pacing Perfection

The goal was simple.

Pace a 3:00 half marathon.

And I was all of 8 seconds over which is as close to perfect.

The Vancouver America Marathon was a new event brought to you by RAM Racing, the same people who are behind Hot Chocolate which is another race which I have a lot of love for (and the second race I ever paced).  It was an unpopular race in general locally, but being I wanted the chance to continue to improve on how I am a pacer for a race. I jumped at the chance.

Packet pick-up was a breeze at Foot Traffic. I was in and out within mins and had my gear check bag.

I had won a race package from Foot Traffic which included pre-race night at the Hilton Vancouver which was a huge treat. I only had two blocks to walk.

We had a delayed start due to issues with the flagging (ironic I just wrote another piece on this). But once the race started this was mostly a gorgeous race. You started through Downtown Vancouver before heading towards Ft. Vancouver. I love running Ft. Vancouver in general and I love it even more when you don’t have to tackle the hill to the waterfront (I consider this a big win). You continued through some of the most industrial parts before heading back to the waterfront. Then you reached my less favorite part of the course, the east industrial area of Vancouver. It was hot at this point and a majority of this was a downhill up hill combo. It just felt brutal at that point and it was lined with some of the most friendly but homeless people you will meet.

This race was super small. And super small on support which is not bad, but if you do this race you might want to bring your own elcectolyetes.

I was on pace almost all away through the race and I was able to encourage a lot of people which is my job when it comes to events like this.

This is the first race for Vancouver America Marathon and there is defiantly room for improvement. I hope to be invited back next year to pace again.

The Champ…The King… And Tranquilo?

WARNING
Wrestling Blog Time. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

So what is it like to meet unarguably the best wrestler on the planet?

I am still trying to put words to it.

If you know anything about me, you know social situations and me don’t get along. I have gotten better throughout the years, but its still always going to be a challenge for me. So I kind of figured I was in deep water when I bought myself a reward for getting through Rugged Maniac.

But I am SOOO glad that I did it.

I got the chance first to shake hands with Minoru Suzuki who is one of the toughest men on the planet. He is not only considered an icon in wrestling but a godfather of modern MMA. And he also scares most humans. But he could not of been nicer to me.

I also got to shake hands with one of the most popular stars in wrestling right now in Tetsuya Naito. Naito is so almost insanely humble. He wanted to shake hands with everyone and thank them for coming. The funny thing is our first photo did not come our right so Melissa, who was the assistant in the room and Naito both said to come back after all was said and done and they would re-try it. Naito also saw a photo of my kitty on my tablet which I had with me at the time and commented on how cute my kitty is.

OHH.. And then the main event.

I MET KENNY FREAKING OMEGA.

Sorry, I had to do that.

I was so proud of myself because my anxiety stayed at bay. Until the second that I walked into the room and it literally tried to kick my a#@%.

I honestly don’t even know where it came from.

Let me say this, I have always been slightly inspired by the way Kenny looks at the fact that you can change the world. He set out to do things his way and change the world doing it his way. I wish I had half the guts he did to set myself out there and make things happen. This might of had a lot to do with where my nerves tried to kick me into next week.

But anyhow I digress.

Kenny could not have been any kinder or for that matter anymore gentle. I think he caught on how nervous I was. He blamed my nerves on something else. (Ill never forget the dog in the room thank you Kenny.) he asked if I wanted to hold the IWGP World Title. He also encouraged me to stay positive and keep pushing forward in what I want to accomplish.

Seriously, thank you to everyone at NJPW for making the meet and greet happen at Treasure Island (which is the craziest place in SF BTW). It was well organized and everyone had their moment with the stars of their choosing,

The photos of me are amazing. I swear I have not seen myself smile so much in a long time.

Thank you to Mr. Suzuki for making me feel so welcome, thank you to Mr. Naito for giving me a second shot at the photo and being such a down to earth genuine gentlemen and Kenny, thank you for making it so much easier. Thank you for your words, thank you for what you said Saturday night at the show as well.

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How To Find The Best in Running Gear

I am pleased to invite Diana Wills back to the blog to share some of her wisdom about running gear. Please check her out at https://ripped.me/

Best Running Gear

One of the most important things when speaking about running is to prepare properly. It is much easier to concentrate on running when you have prepared everything in advance. Make sure to acquire all the necessary gear according to the time of the year.

 

It is important to be consistent and not let any obstacles keep you away from the running track. It is possible to run in any weather conditions, so don’t let a rainy day or low temperatures forestall your intention to go to run. No matter the weather conditions, take some of this running gear into account before you engage in running.

Footwear

You can’t speak about running without high-quality footwear. Some comfy and quality running shoes will make your jogging easier and protect your joints at the same time. Appropriate foot cushioning will also protect your knees, prevent hip and back pain, and also improve your overall body performance.

 

Best Running Gear

One of the most important things when speaking about running is to prepare properly. It is much easier to concentrate on running when you have prepared everything in advance. Make sure to acquire all the necessary gear according to the time of the year.

 

It is important to be consistent and not let any obstacles keep you away from the running track. It is possible to run in any weather conditions, so don’t let a rainy day or low temperatures forestall your intention to go to run. No matter the weather conditions, take some of this running gear into account before you engage in running.

Footwear

You can’t speak about running without high-quality footwear. Some comfy and quality running shoes will make your jogging easier and protect your joints at the same time. Appropriate foot cushioning will also protect your knees, prevent hip and back pain, and also improve your overall body performance.

 

Take some time while picking up the right pair of running shoes because it will make a great difference if you take a pair which fit your feet perfectly. They will make your feet feel lighter, reduce the onset of blisters and make it easier to improve your running endurance.

Compression Gear

Regular running training is very beneficial for your health. But if you want to make the difference and gain improvement on every training session, you should try out some quality compression clothing. While it is not realistic to expect miracles if you purchase compression socks, tights or pants, you will experience some noticeable benefits.

One of them is the feeling of reduced soreness after an intensive run. Also runners feel more rested 48 hours after the run. One of the most significant benefits is improving the performance through enhancing the aerobic threshold. Sometimes it is crucial to show more endurance in the last couple of minutes of the race and good compression gear will help you achieve that.

Hydration

Every good runner has to learn how to hydrate properly during a long run. Your body loses a lot of sweat and you need to know how much rehydrating is optimal to get the most out of your run. You should take some things into consideration while deciding how much you should drink during the run.

A smart thing to do is to weigh yourself before and after the run. Don’t hydrate during that run and the difference in your weight will detect how much water you lose. So, make sure to drink 16 to 24 ounces of water for every pound you lose. Carry your water bottle wherever you go in order to follow this advice.

Headband

It is a well-known fact that you should look pretty in order to feel better. While they have some obvious advantages for every runner, headbands can be a significant fashion detail that makes your fitness appearance a little classier. You can choose among many colors and shapes and even make your hair according to the headband.

But of course, the primary reason why you should wear a headband is its functionality. It will keep the sweat from your eyes and the hair from your face. Some headbands are real 21st century gadgets with installed headphones for the unique running experience. And unlike the headphones, you can be sure that these will not fall off your ears while you run.

Gadgets

One of the reasons why people engage in running more than ever is because gadgets make it more fun. Pick your favorite songs for the ultimate running playlist, put your earphones in your ears and lift off for a good run. There is no better way to prepare for a new day than to run in the sunrise listening your favorite songs.

While gadgets make running more fun, they make it more efficient, too. There are many mobile apps you can use to monitor some important parameters like distance, speed, burnt calories, heart rate, time, etc. Follow these parameters in order to optimize your running strategy and improve your overall results.

 

You should find some space for running in your weekly schedule in order to live a healthy life. And if you want to take to make the most out of it, you should prepare yourself first. It is more fun to run nowadays than it was ever before, so don’t wait. Put on your comfy running shoes, your good compression gear, put the earbuds in your ears and go out for a good run.

Take some time while picking up the right pair of running shoes because it will make a great difference if you take a pair which fit your feet perfectly. They will make your feet feel lighter, reduce the onset of blisters and make it easier to improve your running endurance.

Compression Gear

Regular running training is very beneficial for your health. But if you want to make the difference and gain improvement on every training session, you should try out some quality compression clothing. While it is not realistic to expect miracles if you purchase compression socks, tights or pants, you will experience some noticeable benefits.

One of them is the feeling of reduced soreness after an intensive run. Also runners feel more rested 48 hours after the run. One of the most significant benefits is improving the performance through enhancing the aerobic threshold. Sometimes it is crucial to show more endurance in the last couple of minutes of the race and good compression gear will help you achieve that.

Hydration

Every good runner has to learn how to hydrate properly during a long run. Your body loses a lot of sweat and you need to know how much rehydrating is optimal to get the most out of your run. You should take some things into consideration while deciding how much you should drink during the run.

A smart thing to do is to weigh yourself before and after the run. Don’t hydrate during that run and the difference in your weight will detect how much water you lose. So, make sure to drink 16 to 24 ounces of water for every pound you lose. Carry your water bottle wherever you go in order to follow this advice.

Headband

It is a well-known fact that you should look pretty in order to feel better. While they have some obvious advantages for every runner, headbands can be a significant fashion detail that makes your fitness appearance a little classier. You can choose among many colors and shapes and even make your hair according to the headband.

But of course, the primary reason why you should wear a headband is its functionality. It will keep the sweat from your eyes and the hair from your face. Some headbands are real 21st century gadgets with installed headphones for the unique running experience. And unlike the headphones, you can be sure that these will not fall off your ears while you run.

Gadgets

One of the reasons why people engage in running more than ever is because gadgets make it more fun. Pick your favorite songs for the ultimate running playlist, put your earphones in your ears and lift off for a good run. There is no better way to prepare for a new day than to run in the sunrise listening your favorite songs.

While gadgets make running more fun, they make it more efficient, too. There are many mobile apps you can use to monitor some important parameters like distance, speed, burnt calories, heart rate, time, etc. Follow these parameters in order to optimize your running strategy and improve your overall results.

 

You should find some space for running in your weekly schedule in order to live a healthy life. And if you want to take to make the most out of it, you should prepare yourself first. It is more fun to run nowadays than it was ever before, so don’t wait. Put on your comfy running shoes, your good compression gear, put the earbuds in your ears and go out for a good run.

The Golden Gate Bridge And The SF Marathon

I was really on the fence about writing this, I hate writing anything negative about races in general but after sitting back and reflecting on it, I realized I had to write it.

I have been a very proud ambassador for The SF Marathon for the last four years. It is the first marathon that took a chance on me and made me feel like I had the voice and a story to share. It is something I will never be able to say thank you for enough.

The race always showed its runners’ first attitude. It was the race I told my friends about. I bragged on it frequently.

And then there is the Golden Gate Bridge. For someone not from SF this is the highlight of the entire event.

That was until this year.

It started at the end of the race last year. Actually a month after

SF Chronicle posted the article: Golden Gate Bridge terror fears put SF Marathon on shaky footing

The short of it is GGB Authority had concerns about safety and security. It sounded like at this point everything was up for consideration. The Marathon continued to advertise the bridge as one of its focal points and life went on.

Until earlier this year.

First off, Rock N Roll Marathon who is the only other race that had been using the auto deck of the bridge had to move everyone to the sidewalk for their event earlier in 2018. The change was advertised early and it does not look like it precluded anyone’s enjoyment of the race.

If you checked out the websites you could see that the outlines of the course map for the first-half marathon did not include the out and back section of the bridge, but yet in all the advertising, the bridge was still in play. People had been signing up assuming they would be indeed running the bridge.

That was until a couple weeks ago when reports from CBS News in SF and the Chronicle confirmed that GGB auto deck

Taking the Bridge (From my Go Pro)
was unavailable for the runners, the full marathoners would get to run the bridge on the sidewalk. The first-half marathoners would be forced into a new course.

For the record the first reports did not come from the race themselves, it came from people asking on Facebook and Twitter.

The bridge means a lot to a lot of people running. It meant a lot every time I ran it, because it was truly a once in a lifetime magical experience. (Okay for me twice). All it takes is looking at some of the comments in the SF Marathon social media to realize how much it means to some people.

I ran the sidewalk last year as they forced the last coral on to it, it was not a safe experience for me. I get trying to stagger the starts and only needing to let so many runners on the bridge. It sucks but I can see the problems that will happen there.

I have a hard time watching friends get their heart broken by the event.

Now here is my question.

Should of it been been handled differently?

I can’t really say. I am not in those shoes where I have to make a decision. But I do have a pretty hard time with the fact that when I was down there for the G1 USA Special last weekend I stumbled upon this billboard in the middle of downtown with them still advertising.

I won’t be running. I also know several friends who have decided that because of the way this played out they will not be running. I am taking a deferral and giving a chance to see if changes happen in 2019.

I do know that there is a small sect of runners who will be getting together on Saturday to run the bridge and I encourage you to join them. Look for the runners_4_goldengate on Instagram and they will hook you up.

I tried to present this in a way that layed out the timeline as I saw it and a bit about how I felt. I know I have some marathon friends who have already shared their disagreement with me for not staying positive. I get it, but I also see this from the outsider who plans their entire year to run those two miles that is the Golden Gate but I feel like I will give them the benefit of the doubt and see where it goes from there.