To Done

Hero Rush 5K Obstacle Mud Run – Planned

This one looks tough... I can't wait!

Still making sure we can run this one, so marking it as planned for now.

To Done

The Ninja Challenge Obstacle 5k – Scheduled

You can't say you're a ninja until you complete this 5k obstacle/mud run.  I did two mud runs last year, this one and Rugged Maniac.  Both were difficult in their own way, but the Ninja run required WAY more upper body strength - of which I had NONE.  I had failed two of the obstacles because of my lack of ninja-ness.  To my credit, though, I was the only one (in our little group) that was able to scale the wall jump (my upper body strength has a huganticly slow casting speed and an even longer cool-down).

This year will be different. I've been working out the upper body and I've lost a lot of weight. This year, Juan becomes a certified Ninja.

The ninja run is in Fuquay-Varina - a short drive from my place.

Last year's track was perilous (mud climb was almost impossible, water run was weird, and one of the wall scale was broken) for the later heats. We intend on taking an earlier heat to take advantage of a fresh track.

We're hoping to get a large-ish group this  year.  Aside from the Hero Run, I think this is going to be the toughest obstacle run this year. Running with a bigger group means more yelling encouragement and more help.

I'm excited. May 18th.  This should be four of my six committed 5K's.


Lots of arm and core exercises.

Run/walk... over 20 obstacles, though.

To Done

Commitment Day 5k – Completed

January 1st 5k. I hit the new year running... literally. The Commitment Day run was number one of the six committed 5k's for this year.

Run/walked the 5 kilos in about 36:39.9 minutes (I started the timer late, but ended it late as well.) This run was great. It was a beautiful run through downtown (I love the rain) and it really set the tone for me. Five kilometers isn't a big deal, really. But the commitment of actually going out of my comfort zone and doing them is the important part. Most of the remaining six runs will be mud/obstacle runs - these tend to be funner and more exciting. 🙂

The following field notes were typed into my phone after the race. I tried to remember my thoughts in order...

Field Notes:

Cold, wet morning. Parked at Dan Allen deck thinking parking near start line would be impossible. Parking AFTER the start line was indeed packed. Parking before the start line was abundant. Met Dan, old coworker and good friend. He's in better shape than I am - he visits the gym regularly. Brought a water-proofish jacket. Bad idea... it's too thick. Checked in at booth and picked up bib. No timing chip. 🙁 A lot of people of different age ranges. Seeing lots of pre teens which makes me envious. I can't wait to run one of these with the kiddos when they're older.  Meandering over to the start line. Being told to get BEHIND the start line.  Probably a good idea. Started and Dan is a good deal faster than I am. Should have brought headphones. I brought my olloclip thinking we were going to be doing more walking than running (another friend of ours bailed out at the last minute... -__- ). Instead, it is weighing my jacket down.  Raleigh police officers are watching traffic at intersections. Saying good morning to as many as I can. I imagine they would rather be doing other things.  The route has changed; we are heading to city hall? I think.  Taking photos of interesting things. Uploading to flickr when possible.  Trying to pick out people in the crowd and race in secret with them. Most of them are winning. Sprinted the last leg. Finished in about 36.5 minutes. Not bad for me. Sprinting hurt, though. Heading home. Rain is going to get worse.

Media from my run

Flickr photos

GPS track in KMZ.