I realize it’s been over a week since I last blogged. I really don’t know how many people are actually following this. I’m having a lot of fun in the off season with these Obstacle Runs and 5 and 10Ks. My legs might be taking a beating, but I feel stronger and I am having a blast! Last weekend I did the Rebel Race in Haverhill, MA. I did a rope traverse that bruised my leg up and down…after a day it didn’t hurt a bit though. I don’t know how many people approached me when I was wearing fitness clothes or while I was by the pool to ask what happened and to make sure that someone wasn’t beating me…lol. I told them I did it to myself and that it looked far worse then it felt.
I decided that I need to show people exactly how I did it…since the Rebel Race posted photos, I posted on my Swim. Bike. Run. Repeat. Facebook page the photo of me doing the rope traverse. The Sunday after, I did my brick workout and then Monday I did Spinning and Swimming. My week was still full up with Tony sanctioned workouts. Thursday I had a Fartlek workout…this is Swedish for “Speedplay”. It consisted of me running at 8.3 mph for 6 minutes, then going down to 7.1 mph for 6 minutes, walking for 1 minute and then repeating this four times. I almost made it three times before my phone (which I was using to listen to music) flew off the treadmill. I decided that my body had reached the point of failure. Oh well…next time. This Thursday, Thanksgiving, he has an outside Fartlek workout planned for me while I’m in NY.
Anyhow, here is the photo of me doing the rope traverse at the Rebel Race:
So this weekend I had a planning meeting for Team Velox Rota, my Bike MS Cycling Team. I am helping them to coordinate some fundraising events and in turn, the team helps us to reach our minimum fundraising goals. Currently, I have helped to put together the 12 Bars of XMas Charity Pub Crawl December 1st. The team is planning on a Singles Auction, and possibly a Casino Night and some Training Rides as well. To sign up for the Pub Crawl Dec 1st, please go to our Event Brite page and sign up. I believe it is $15…it gets you entered into the raffle and our exclusive Elf Hat. http://12barsofchristmas.eventbrite.com/#. It should be a lot of fun.
I went from there to hang out with some of my TMIRCE (The Most Informal Running Club Ever) friends at a pre-party before the Informal Runners Summit at the W in Boston. A good time was had by all. And yes…I wore a dress. It was a whole floor of extremely fit people dressed up, drinking, dancing and listening to live music…oh and posing with a cardboard standup of Justin Bieber…yes, the Biebs! A good time was had by all.
I think I got home around 2 am to Woburn, went straight to sleep and slept until 10 am. Since I didn’t have to do my brick workout in the AM, I made myself some almond flour pancakes and got myself ready for the Spartan Time Trial at Fenway. I met my friend Jim over at his house at noon and we practiced our spear throwing skills. We took off, parked in Newton Centre and took the Greenline over to Fenway. You could feel the excitement at the park in the air…
Our wave went off at 3 pm. We started with 11 burpees, table tops and then a bear crawl under strings on the pavement near the bleachers around Fenway. We ran up and down through the bleacher area interrupted by rails, walls, cargo nets, wall traverses, lifting jugs of water, cement blocks, a spear throw, a ball throw, over under obstacles, a rope climb, a rope lift, hopping up stairs with a band around both legs, box jumps, dodging gladiators, rowing machines, and my favorite task was carrying a 60 pound sandbag over my shoulders up and down and zig zagging through the bleachers of the park. Oh…I forgot to mention the burpees…there were lots and lots of burpees. Everytime you failed an obstacle or decided not to do it, you had to drop and do 30 burpees. I believe I totaled 171 burpees for the day. They really slowed me down. There was an exclusive burpee station below the green monster and another station were we had to jump rope with a really thick rope. There was yet another station for push-up and releases…I had a blast doing it and it was amazing getting the opportunity to run at Fenway.
Here is a photo of me doing the box jump (Jim finished a few minutes before me and managed to capture me doing the box jump at the end) and another of me being a complete dweeb at the end of the race posing for Jim.
Box Jump at Fenway Spartan
Super Dweeb finishes!
Here are the nifty finisher medals that they gave us at the end…they must have spent a pretty penny getting these made up for the over 5000 people that participated in the Spartan Time Trial on Both Saturday and Sunday.
Front of the Finisher Medal.
If I don’t do another burpee for a while, I’ll be all set…but I am eager to do another one of these Spartan Races again. I think that this race was a lot better organized than any of the other obstacle races that I’ve done lately. I do have to say the Rugged Maniac in Southwick was a fun course…I got so muddy and wet and it was loads of fun. Anyhow for now, I’m Spartan Strong…Aroo…you’ll now at the finish line as they say!
Back of the Finisher Medal. Pretty Nifty, huh?