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OCR 101: Hill Training

By |November 27th, 2017|

Hill training is one of the most important components of a solid OCR routine. Learn the basics of hill training in this OCR 101 article.

Training Tuesday: Creating an OCR Inspired Workout

By |November 7th, 2017|

Congratulations, you've registered for an Obstacle Course Race! Now it's time to put in the work and start training!  For best results, give yourself a solid 6-8 week of training before your race date. I have developed 5 step OCR specific process to take you from where you are to where you want to be; the finish line.

The 2017 OCR World Championships Race Experience

By |October 23rd, 2017|

You could feel the nervous tension in the air at the OCR World Championships at dusk on Thursday night. In 12 short hours, the first racers of the weekend would be taking their mark.  Athletes from 67 different nations were congregating around the obstacles as the finishing touches were being made.  Strategies were developing and although we did not speak the same languages, you could tell we were all thinking the same thing; this course is going to be brutal.

Every Day is Global Running Day – Just Run!

By |June 7th, 2017|

Do you love running? Hate running? or are you like me (and I suspect the rest of the active world) - you love to hate/hate to love running? There's no question about the effectiveness of running on your mental & physical health, no matter how hard many of us try to avoid daily/weekly mileage, running is a huge part of our lives - or, at least it should be.

Mix Up Your Training to Find Your Fire

By |April 18th, 2017|

Losing the Passion Author's note: I started writing this last year while I was really in some fitness doldrums, and this will be a multi-part series trying to explain how I re-ignited my passion for fitness. First, here's how I lost it. Whether it's your job, friends, relationships, or stuff like your car, phone, house, and [...]

SmashPlan: Plan… SMASHED!

By |February 9th, 2017|

My 30-day goal kicked off on January 10 and ran through February 8. Starting weight was 168 lbs, and my target weight was 158 lbs. I was not concerned with BMI, BMR, lean muscle mass, or the size of my waist – my goal was simply to drop 10 pounds with a balanced diet including (2) SmashPacks a day and 30 minutes/day of bodyweight exercises, daily walks or bike rides, and a few short runs per week - How'd I do?

SmashPlan – Final Days of a Great Journey

By |February 7th, 2017|

the entire 30-day SmashPlan has been fun and relatively easy overall; every day I have enjoyed the convenience of grabbing a SmashPack pouch no matter where I'm headed. Breakfast has been on autopilot for the past month, I don't need to think about what I should eat, and there's been no reason to grab a muffin or breakfast sandwich at a drive thru when I have a nutritious meal right there in my cupholder.

SmashPlan – Streaking History and Mystery Bonus!

By |February 2nd, 2017|

I've been talking about running streaks a lot lately, and for me, it has been an eye-opening experience for the past couple weeks to have one singular and simple goal that needs to be completed each day; running one mile. For a week or a month it may not be a big deal, but when stretched to a year - or the longest streak ever at 52 years set by Ron Hill, it can become daunting.

SmashPan #10 – Epic Cheat Meal, Birthday Edition

By |January 30th, 2017|

I knew one day I would wake up and be closer to 50 than I was 40, and even as my 46th anniversary of getting my newborn butt slapped like Cher playing tambourine passed today, it really didn't bother me that much at all. While age *is* just a number, an aging body knows what it's like for Father Time to beat your butt - well, like that whole Cher analogy in the first sentence. Circle of life baby, Hakuna Matata.

SmashPlan – Sweet 16 & Coming Home

By |January 27th, 2017|

Each day has become a little easier and the resulting change in my physique has me pretty psyched - belly is flatter, man-boobs are way less perky, my jeans fit better (it's pretty damn cold in AZ right now), and I can wear a SMedium t-shirt without looking like I'm in a sausage casing.

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