About Tara Skinner

After losing 120 lbs I was looking for new ways to keep me motivated. In walked OCR. That was 5 years ago and I havent looked back. I now run about 15 different OCRs and 6 local 5ks a year. I hike and weightlift to help me prepare. This is a lifestyle for me..its how I spend my weekends in the summer and a way to put my training to the test. The people I have met along the way and the new things I have learned about my body have made this a journey I am so glad I embarked on.

OP-ED: How I am making OCR be only a PART of my life

By |October 30th, 2018|

It all started over 6 years ago at a free kickboxing class. There was a woman in there who mentioned she was doing a race in two weeks and asked me if I wanted to do it with her. She said it was a Spartan Sprint and since I’m up for anything I figured why not. I signed up..did the race and just like the tagline says...I KNEW AT THE FINISH LINE! I was hooked.

How to Protect Your Car After a Workout or Race

By |July 12th, 2018|

A few months ago a company called Dry Rub contacted me on Instagram and told me about a new product they had. They told me that it was a car seat cover designed to prevent sweat, stains, and odors after a workout or a race. I was intrigued...

Jar of Hope Fitness Run and 5K

By |May 11th, 2018|

A race that gave me a new “why” and that was the Jar of Hope 2nd. Annual Fitness Challenge and 5k. This would be an opportunity to run for charity while honoring a very special little boy and a very special friend of mine.

Race Recap: Spartan Tri-State Beast

By |May 1st, 2018|

Have you ever wanted to lay down and cry before, during and after an event? That’s how I felt Saturday at the Spartan Tri-State New Jersey Beast. Tara Skinner writes about her experience at the recent Spartan race.

New York City GORUCK Light

By |March 20th, 2018|

So I did a thing this past weekend. It involved vacuuming, carrying heavy stuff and honoring a hero. Do you know what I did? If you said a GORUCK Light you are correct!! I am all for trying out new things so I thought I would step out of my comfort zone and give it a go.

Coach Pain’s Weekend of Pain

By |January 29th, 2018|

That’s right Coach Pain traveled to New York and New Jersey to help a select group of Spartan 4-0 racers to get ready for their 2018 season. The training was held at Crossfit ECF bringing intense and unique days of training.

RUNNERS GUIDE TO GREEK PEAK..Spartan Race’s North East winter race

By |December 8th, 2017|

So you heard about the North American winter Spartan Race that was rolled out last year and you are considering doing it this year but you have some questions? I traveled to Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland, New York last year to participate in this inaugural race and I enjoyed it so much I am heading back there on March 10 to do it again!

Race Recap: Spartan Race Tri State Super

By |November 10th, 2017|

In March I started my 2017 OCR season freezing my butt off at Greek Peak doing a Spartan Race Sprint in 10 degrees with the ground covered in ice and this past weekend I saw it come to an end in Vernon New Jersey at the Spartan Race Super amongst the beautiful changing leaves. If there is one thing  I learned I’ll need to do if I plan on continuing to race (which I do) I may want to consider investing in some climbing gear and incorporate it into my training.

Race Recap: Tri-State Tough Mudder

By |October 21st, 2017|

What do you get when you combine mud, friends, ice water, mud, an obstacle called Skidmarked and oh yeah did I mention mud??? You get Tough Mudder held at Raceway Park in Englishtown New Jersey.

Race Recap: Lost Tribe Search and Rescue Race

By |August 28th, 2017|

Tara Skinner did the Lost Tribe Search and Rescue Race which indulged her love for hiking while adding a new medal to my race adding the title “Endurance Racer” to my resume.

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