Saturday, January 30, 2016

My 2016 Obstacle Course Race Schedule ... So Far

It's the start of my 4th year of OCR, Mudruns, ...whatever you choose to call them.
It all started with a Groupon back in 2012 for the now defunct Super Hero Scramble. I was immediately hooked.

(note: this was written while battling a cold last week)
Today, I'm home from work with a miserable cold, staring wistfully out the window at my climbing rope and pull up station and thinking I should at least do a round of P90X in the living room.
It's only a cold after all.

The OCR schedule so far looks like this:

So, that's 5 new T-shirts, 5 new finisher medals, 5 new GoPro videos, and an unknown number of scrapes and bruises.

Hopefully other races may come along between May and December, but currently this is it. 
Based on past history, I'll probably do the Fall Savage Race too.

If you haven't tried an OCR and you are trying to get fit, they are awesome motivation to "just keep pushing play" on your home workout program, whether it's Insanity, PiYo, P90X, or some other plan.

Works for me anyway ... I'm pretty sure I'm stronger at 58 than I was at 28.

Keep moving my friends.


Julie Zickefoose said...

I'm proud to know you. On the spectrum of humanity, you're way out in the ultraviolet for fitness. I watched a very sobering video in which a 29-year-old personal trainer declared that the number one thing that sends people into assisted living situations is the inability to get up off the toilet, with what amounts to a half-rep. Yep. Not something we want to hear, not an appealing image, but real. And primary among all kinds of reasons to get fit and stay fit, to think about every darn thing we eat, to ration ourselves and pay attention to what our bodies are trying to tell us. Staying mobile is the whole thing. Run proud, Raymond! Rooting for you and your obstacle buddies all the way. Even if climbing rings is way out of reach for is a spectrum!

R.Powers said...

I see (via Facebook how you run every darn day along your beautiful Ohio backroads and I'm in awe of your foot mileage.
The runners' high has always eluded me, but I do love the combo provided by the obstacle runs.
Keeping the parts moving, thinking, and squishing about is the best preventative medicine available.

Pablo said...

Yep, I'm more fit now than I was thirty years ago. I can run farther and longer now than I ever could as a teenager. But imagine if I had started running back then? *sigh*

I love the way you've mapped out your race schedule. I understand it. I respect it. (I don't envy it, though. Mud? Obstacles? Upper body work?) The only target currently in my sights is the St. Louis Marathon in April (and NYC in November if I get in, which I won't), but there are a number of smaller local runs I pretty much do every year, and I'll sign up for those once I know where and when my babysitting travels take me. (I have two grandchildren now and a third on the way in about a month.)

(Also, don't say "past history." It's redundant -- unless you're Isaac Asimov, whose Foundation stories were all about "future history.")

Deb said...

Great schedule! I have a half marathon in June and setting my sights on running my first full marathon in October, five months before my 50th birthday. I am definitely more fit in my late forties than any time since my early twenties.

Mark P said...

I read your blog and Pablo's with a combination of admiration and envy. I used to be a runner. I was in the best shape of my life at around 33, but once my knees gave up, my conditioning went downhill. Swimming and bicycling did't make up for it. Julie's note about upper body strength is right on. My mother struggled with simple things like getting off the toilet in her later years. They (whoever "they" are) say that even relatively minor strength training can make a big difference in old age.

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