This is Survival Run: Nicaragua. This was no joke. Getting to the top of the volcano in the middle of the night with five 1-gallon jugs strapped to my body in addition to my ruck was demoralizing. I managed to make it to the second check point before being pulled from the race. Many did not make it that far.
I was recently interviewed by the very cool blog Mind, Body and Soles – a blog dedicated to celebrating the vast beauty of people in their shoes, the lives they lead in their soles, and the paths they travel in their foot covers.
Click on the logo above or the link below. Enjoy reading!
This is a great video of the Mexico Death Race that I participated in last month! The folks over at Spartan Race Mexico did a great job putting this together. Check out the video and get a taste of what we did. If you look carefully you might catch a glimpse of me almost having a close conversation with one of the bulls.
So…you’re all geared up, pumped up and ready to attack the course this weekend at the Malibu Spartan Sprint (or any other OCR). If you are a veteran of multiple Spartan Races you know the routine, what to pack and how to prep your game face. If you are a nervous first-timer you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed, nervous or apprehensive about what to expect. Below are some helpful hints for both the experienced racer and the newbie that will make your day in Malibu just a bit more comfortable.
Griffith Park is my backyard…I run and train there all the time. It is an oasis that was gifted to the residents of Los Angeles almost a century ago. Its trail system is a familiar friend. The Griffith Park Bear statue always on duty (and sometimes dressed in the spirit of whatever holiday has just passed or is on the horizon) greeting those entering the park at Fern Dell off Los Feliz. The Merry-Go-Round standing as a lovely reminder of simpler pleasures. And because I know it so well I was both excited and a little apprehensive to participate in an organized trail race in my park (yes, I am somewhat proprietary about the park). Well, that apprehension was quickly dismissed as soon as I arrived for the Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon this past Saturday.
Can you commit to doing 30 burpees a day for 30 days?
Join the Spartan Challenge that Spartan Race co-founder Joe Desena put to the world at his recent appearance on TedX Beacon Street.
Get off the couch! It’s only 30 burpees a day! Double it or triple it for an even bigger personal challenge. Or do 100 burpees a day! For some inspiration check out amazing athlete Amanda Sullivan crushing it despite some challenging physical conditions from traumatic accidents:
The BURPEE has made it to the big-time intellectual party…TedX!
“Burpees are the ultimate exercise for humans.”
~ Joe Desena
Spartan Race co-founder (and mastermind behind theDeath Race) Joe Desena talks at TedX Beacon Street about the virtues of the burpee, swimming pools, Big Evil and the burpee challenge he took on.
“What’s interesting about the swimming pool, it’s very much like the human body. The human body is 13 gallons of water on average, swimming pool typically is 20,000 gallons of water. If you were to take french fries and coffee and soda and all the things we eat on a daily basis then dump it into 20,000 gallons of water that pool wouldn’t do very well. It would turn green pretty quickly. But yet we expect our 13 gallon pool here to handle that. The other interesting thing about the swimming pool is…only the top 15% of the pool actually gets cleaned in most cases. And that’s like us going to the gym and going walking doing all these things we mostly call exercise. The burpee, on the other hand, rips the pool out of the ground, shakes it up, and gets every square inch of the pool clean.”
~ Joe Desena
[* The video clip begins at his introduction but if you get lost or need to rewind go back to 8:03:42]