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Running at 4 AM

There’s something about running when the world is asleep, and it’s just you, the moon, the stars, and God.

It’s life-giving, soothing, comforting, exhilarating, and magical all in one.

While we can’t run away from the coronavirus, we can defeat it. By living; refusing to give in; and being more determined than ever.

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Running in Colorado: Santa Catch 5k Windsor, CO

Last week, I posted on how I enjoy the feeling of being sore and called it sadistic soreness. This does not translate to the feeling of being cold.

I hate being cold, so it’s always iffy when you sign up for a 5k in December. But The Turkey Trot was cancelled this year because of snow, so I was itching to run one.

This day in December was cold and icy, and to be blunt, utterly miserable.

My 5k time was ok. I had to slow way down on all of the icy spots and try to make up time where it wasn’t icy (which was few and far between). I ended up second in my age group, 15th overall. This was pretty good.

I wish I could say “never again,” but I’ll probably sign up to shiver my ass off next year.

Spartan Race Fort Carson

For my daughter’s 14th birthday, she wanted to run a Spartan race. Reluctantly, I agreed. I had done the Tough Mudder two years ago and didn’t like it. I was cold and wet the entire time, which made it miserable. So, I wasn’t looking forward to this one at all.

We signed up for the age group times so we could run in the morning and avoid the heat. However, avoiding the heat was impossible this go around as it was hot the entire time. We had to start at different times as well so I had to wait 15 minutes for my daughter’s group to begin. I picked grass. Fun times.

Spartan Race Fort Carson Review

Once we got going it was just hot. There were a lot of ups and down mountainsides for no apparent reason except to make us go up and down.

Furthermore, this was more of a race to avoid cactus than anything else. Cactus were everywhere, and I happen to have an affinity for cactus so hated seeing all of the cactus that got smashed by runners.

The obstacles were fine, but with only one that involved water, it was hot. We stopped at least three times to re-apply sunscreen, and we stopped at every water station to replenish our bottles and hydrate.

My overall impression was this: this was a glorified, 8.5 mile mountain hike with some obstacles thrown in. Granted, it was on Fort Carson military base, which was pretty cool. We got to see some of their training buildings. However, it was much like a mountain hike/run anywhere on the Front Range of Colorado.

My daughter had fun. I could have done without so many hills. The heat could have gotten lost for all I cared. There was also a false ending, where you went up to the finish line, but still had to go back down 1.5 miles. That sucked.

I may do one again. It just depends. I told my daughter the Tough Mudder would be more her style because it’s a lot more mud and water. Only time will tell.

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Are the Reasons to Workout Over Blown?

One of the main reasons to workout is so you’ll have more energy to go and do the things you enjoy doing, and you’ll be physically able to do so.

This is all well and dandy, but there is a flip-side to this: you may end up working out, over extending yourself, and then you’ll have no energy or desire to go and do the things you want to do.

This is me most of the time. For example, let’s take HIIT classes. Every time I do a high-intensity interval training class, I get my ass kicked. I burn a ton of calories, get in a great workout, but then I’m tired, and depending on the time of day I workout, I either have to take a nap or go to bed just to recover. I don’t feel at all like doing much else — and this is really starting to piss me off.

Then, throw in the fact I perpetually seem to be injured. Right now, I’m fighting plantar fasciitis, which is not all that fun. This means I’m taking more time off from running, which just pisses me off too.

I’m still trying to find a workout program and workout schedule that will leave me energetic but not exhausted and leave me injury free.

Orange Theory’s Dri Tri

Orange Theory's Dri Tri in Fort Collins, CO
Orange Theory’s Dri Tri

Yesterday, I did Orange Theory’s Dri Tri. The Dry Tri consists of:

  1. 2000 m row for time
  2. 300 body weight repetitions (20 push-ups | 20 bench tap squats | 20 burpees | 40 step ups | 30 bench hop overs | 20 plank jacks)
  3. 5k run

As some of you know, I’ve been battling a calf injury so this was my first time back running. It went well. I invested in compression sleeves; I don’t have any calf strains today so far. And this was fun. Orange Theory’s Dri Tri is twice a year (the next one is in September), so I think I’m going to try and use this as a benchmark in the future.

I finished in 44 minutes, with my 5k time being 24:29, which was good considering I haven’t run a 5k since Thanksgiving, and it was our last exercise. I did well on my 2000 m row as well.

TAKE-AWAYS FROM ORANGE THEORY’S DRI TRI

  • Running a 5k on a treadmill is hard. You have no one to overtake or to aim for. You have nothing to look at. And if the music is not your jam (which it wasn’t), you’re completely unmotivated to finish — except by the fact you want to be done.
  • 2000 m row was the perfect warm up.
  • Dri Tri should be offered in the mornings as well — give me a 5 am time slot for this any day. 2:30 pm in the afternoon was my down time. This was thus challenging for me to get started.
  • Cool swag. I got a Dri Tri hand towel and a Dri Tri water bottle. This was definitely unexpected. Thank you, Orange Theory!

Great workout put on by Orange Theory. I got the most splat points (which is Orange Theory speak for when you’re working about your 84% target heart rate) ever, which is hard for me to do since I have such a low resting heart rate and am in such good shape. I had a good time. This was fun. I’ll see ya in September!

Update on HIIT Classes

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Crossfit running

Two months ago, I started doing HIIT (high intensity interval training) classes to try to improve my fitness and actually push myself, because one of the pitfalls of working out by yourself is not pushing yourself. Every time, I get my butt kicked in HIIT class. But overall I hadn’t noticed any significant change.

Until this week.

This week I went jogging like I normally do. When I jog, I do just that — jog. I don’t push myself. I just run up and down the street to get my heart rate up and get a little cardio in. Well, when I took a look at my heartrate report, I noticed something — I hadn’t hit peak heart rate the entire time I was jogging — I was in cardio the entire time. That’s when I knew; I knew HIIT classes were working.

Needless to say, I’m super excited. Not excited that I’ll have to push myself on my jogs now, but excited I’m improving. I’m itching for 5k season to come around, so I can really test HIIT classes and see if my 5k time has improved and I start winning more 5ks. Because, despite working out by myself, it is all about winning — no matter what I’m doing.

Thanksgiving Day 5k

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Running a 5k

For the third year in a row, my kids and I have run the Pelican Lakes Turkey Trot in Windsor, CO. This year, it was cold, but not snowy.

Both my daughter and I won 3rd place in our age divisions, and our prize was a pie.

It was fun, and I like the course. Proceeds go to Athletes in Tandem, an organization dedicated to helping athletes of all abilities participate in athletic events.