Monday, September 20, 2010
September 18th, 2010
Jail Break 3.8 mile run
I picked up my friend John at 2:30ish and we left for Texas Motor Speedway where parking was scheduled. John and I meet Jeff and Judy in the parking lot, put on our bug spray, race bibs in place, ID in hand, and we’re off to load the school bus to the race site. The site is about 2 miles down the road at DFW Adventure park and there was NO parking at that site.
Once at the race site, we unload and start to figure out the lay of the land so to speak. Porta pots, check! Starting gate, check! Finish Line, check! Band on stage, oh COOL, there is a jumbo tron that is showing live shots around the race course. We got Judy’s umbrella tent all setup so she’ll have some shade while we run. Judy is Jeff’s wife along to watch our ‘stuff’ and take pictures for us. John, Jeff and I walk over to watch people finish, just to see how muddy they were really. There were some who weren’t muddy at all, some who were covered in mud, we even watched a guy puke his guts out when he finished. I was cheering him on, encouraging more, ya know the type, yes, I was obnoxious. It was great, I can’t imagine why he got sick though, it wasn’t THAT BAD!!!
Finally…staging time, off we go up the hill to get ready to BREAK OUT!! I ofcourse had to find the porta pot again, check! I start stretching out and warming up my legs a little bit, moving closer to the front of the pack. This race is set to run 300 at a time every 30 minutes, however, I don’t believe there were 300 in our wave at all. Then here comes the sheriff to the stage. Some muscle head wearing a sheriff shirt and a meat head with pecs bigger than, well, you get the idea. They warm us up, jogging in place, high knees, etc. Then the count down. The gate falls, the sirens sound, the fog machine comes on and of we run!! We are breaking out, run prisoners run!!
The first set of obstacles are just small hills, down, up, down, up, down, oh crap, that’s water at the bottom of that hill, instantly, feet are soaking wet and weigh 25lbs!! Next was a just a little run and then we ran through some huge concrete tubes, made a big loop out and back on top of those tubes. Next up was the first lake with water cannons firing at us. This lake was about 50 yards across with 5-6 cannons blasting water into the air over us. Lake felt great since the first part of the course was all in the sun, about 97 degrees when we ran. From the lake there was a run through the trees, sorta like a trail run, the into an area like a small city where we had to run through the buildings, Jeff says there was a gun to shoot here, I missed that totally, then off to the trees again. I guess prisoners always run through the trees like this to keep the dogs and cops at bay, I dunno. At some point there was a zig zag thingy dealy setup that had a fog machine. I didn’t like this because it sucked the O2 out of the air. Then we’re off to the hay bales, huge hay bales, stacked 3 high, they took a little effort to get over it. Then we’re back into the trees for a long run down a ‘road’ in the trees. Along this road there were tires setup up that we had to high step through. Then we came to a slide down into the river, not a big slide, not a big river, but it was sorta fun. Then we ran down the river for about 50 yards or so, then climbed out of the river on the tires that were tied together on the river bank. Through a few more trees, then to a mud slick about 50 yards long. I walked this entire time, too dangerous. I’d rolled an ankle in the previous two races I’ve done like this so I didn’t want to chance anything! Then back out into the sun towards the finish line that was still just over a mile away. There were a few more small hills, then two HUGE tractor tires to climb over. Two more water holes that smelled like cow poo big time, it was horrible. Run a little more then crawl under the net through the mud. I managed to get the right side of my face caked with crap here and mud in my eye along with my contact, was not fun, but I was on my way to the finish line, one more pool of mud and then the finish line.
I finished in around 45 minutes or so even with an eye full of mud!!! After ward, I waited for John and Jeff to finish; both were probably within 5 minutes of me. We got cleaned up by the ‘cleaners’, people holding the fire hose blasting ice cold water at us! We hydrated with some water, cleaned up a little more, then Judy helped me clean up my eye and get my contact back in place, I hate my gas perm contacts with passion, but I can see with them in so I deal with it. We also got two free beers for running the race and yes, I drank them. I don’t drink much ever, but they tasted GREAT after that race! The four of us just watch people, listened to the band, visited with other races, found some Oklahoma Sooner fans and hung out for a while. John and I had our free chopped bbq sandwich, which was fantastic!!
We boarded that bus back to my car and I was home by 7:30pmish. I smelled like a cow patty in a big way, whew, shower never felt so good!!!
All in all, I had a GREAT time and would do it again!!
Below are a few pics from the event
Jerome, John and Jeff
I'm the one in the yellow
Three of us at the finish line
Huge BBQ cooker....
The t-shirt (long weekend to say the least)
Friday, September 17, 2010
My week in review
Sat. Sept 11 – didn’t feel very well at all still. I did manage to get out and buy new running shoes and Garmin forerunner 305, eating wasn’t horrible but there was NO exercise.
Sun. Sept 12 – still didn’t feel very well at all. However I DID attempt a run because I was anxious to try the new shoes and Garmin. Here is a link that run. connect.garmin.com/activity/48853423
?sms_ss=email It was a fairly BAD run to say the least!! It was REALLY hot!!
Monday Sept 13. Felt better. We (wife and I) started the phase 2 of RevAbs! GREAT series, I recommend it. I am seeing great transformations in my body as I work through that program. I also did week 4 day 1 of the 100 Push Up challenge
Tuesday Sept 14th – Day 2 of Phase 2 Revabs complete and it kicked my tail!! Felt GREAT though as I burned a bunch of calories and build some muscles!! After work I went for a run through the neighborhood. Here is my Tuesday run link connect.garmin.com/activity/49051735
?sms_ss=email This was a decent run I think and felt great afterward.
Wednesday Sept 15th – Holy smokes RevAbs kicked it again today. Strength and Endurance workout that about killed me!! AHHHHHH the calories were melting away though which felt fantastic! I also ran 4.25 on the treadmill after work. I way over ate as we went to eat fajitas for dinner.
Thursday Sept 16th – I slacked this morning and DID NOT work out. Not proud of that, but I was exhausted and somewhat sore so I did not get out of bed at 4:30am to workout. Yes, I felt guilty for not doing it. I had a really rough day with work, loads of stress and pressure due to issues we were having. Went to open house for my 5th grader and was blown away by my DD’s teachers!! Wonderful ladies who LOVE HER!! Gave loads of compliments and called her a leader and trend setter in the classroom! Due to the stress of the day, I REALLY wanted to run. Didn’t get home till around 8:30pm, so I left around 9pm for my evening run. Keep in mind I’m usually in bed by 9:15-9:30pm. I ran on the track across from my house and ran just over 5miles. The BEST run I’ve ever done. Talk about stress relief, WOW. LOVE THAT…here is the link to that run: connect.garmin.com/activity/4931355
Friday Sept 17th – RevAbs Power Intervals2 again today and it felt just as great today!! I LOVE that I can feel my abs firing, feel them working, KNOWING they are still in there fighting to come OUT and show the world what they look like.
Friday is also weigh day for me. SOOOO…..I got on the ole wii (my constant scale since I started) hoping for results as I’m wanting to drop another 5-7 lbs just to hit a ‘normal’ BMI. I’m pleased to say that to date I have lost a grand total of 95lbs which is 35.98% of my total body weight and my BMI is 25.08, which is STILL overweight, but I’m closer to normal than I’ve been in years. I’m not sure when I last weighed 169lbs, but it was probably high school or shortly thereafter. I feel fantastic and I am totally seeing my body transform and I like what I’m seeing!!
So my SPARK FRIENDS
Are YOU doing the work necessary??
Are YOU watching what you put in your mouth??
……are YOU MAKING IT HAPPEN??
Saturday, September 04, 2010
September 4th, 2010
I didn't sleep all that great AGAIN, due to pre race nerves, AGAIN! Today is my longest race to date, which is still really odd for me to say. Considering 6 months ago I couldn't run 5 miles if I tried, 9 months ago, I would have NEVER signed up for a race, you've come along way Jerome, you've come along way!
Alarm went off at 5:30ish and I was up and starting to wake up and get myself around. That includes checking my Sparkmail, update status, etc, I'm obsessed I think. 6:20am and I'm outta here, off to White Rock Lake.
This race is starting at a new location for me at White Rock so I gave plenty of time to get there. I found Winfrey Point around 7am with plenty of time to spare. I couldn't believe how many runners were already there one hour before race time. I had to park a good 1/2 mile from the shelter when I arrived. Did I mention it was only about 70 degrees or so this morning, VERY nice change!!!
I got my arm pocket in place on my arm, hat on, keys, money and off I go to find my race bib. I love the way the Dallas Running Club lays out the bib in alphabetical order, makes it super easy to find. Maybe others do it too, I dunno. I start pinning the bib in place and her comes Lynette, very cool to see her again. We chit chat while waiting and watching for Leslie and Amy. Soon all 4 of us from the Dallas Spark team are there and ready for action.
I took a fairly quick walk down the drive way and back to get my legs warmed up a little. The over achieving Lynette and Leslie went for a little run. I got my legs warmed a little, did a little stretch and worked the hip flexors pretty well and I'm ready to go. The four of us start out standing together in the herd of runners, but that didn't last long.
The president of the DRC always starts the races, moment of silence, National Anthem, then his speech, "We are the Dallas Running Club and TODAY WE RUN"...I'm a goober, but I LOVE that!! SO just after 8am we're off. I start my watch ok, no issue with that. I start my walkmeter, tuck it away and off I go. Keeping a fairly good speed I thought, but why hasn't my walkmeter told me my pace yet. I pulled the iPhone out and tried again, again it quit, THEN I figured it out...JEROME IS A DORK!! I was pushing the wrong button...grrr!! dummy dummy dummy!! So somewhere around 1/2 mile I get the thing working right, sheesh. ( I really need a garmin) With 800 runners running that trail it was rather crowed at first around 1 mile it started to open up as those who thought they could run started to fade already. Lynette and Leslie were way ahead of me and Amy was right on my tail, I think anyway so the Dallas Spark team had it covered! WOO HOO
The trail around White Rock is beautiful, the lake was so calming and relaxing, I'm planning to run over there even more in the future. We came to a bridge over the spillway and I thought I'd lost my mind, the darn thing was bouncing up and down with every step!!! It was the strangest thing I've ever experienced. I was quite pleased to hear my walkmeter keep telling me I was on a 9 or so minute mile pace, that felt great. Runners elbow to elbow on one part of the trail, bikers, runners, dogs, you name it, they were there. As I approached the finish line I see Lynette had come back out on the course and ran in with me, that was REALLY cool of her to do! My pace immediately went up a little bit, then she says "Do you have a push for the end?" So off we went, her STILL faster than I, but I was pushing to a strong finish and finished in 45:14 (I think). My goal was under 50 minutes and I did NOT want to walk any! I managed to accomplish both goals for the day. Actually I met all three goals, as I got to meet Leslie and Amy, GREAT to meet you gals and I look forward to running more races with ya'll!!
I also may have Sparked atleast one of the Dallas Running Club Merchandise ladies. I won't go into detail of HOW we got on the subject, but my story came up (I share it everywhere) so I mentioned SparkPeople.com several times during the conversation!
Below is a picture of Lynette, Jerome, Amy and Leslie from the Dallas Spark team. We're all smiling so big because we said 'Coach Nancy' on the count of three.
Here is the info from my walkmeter after I got it running right:
Route: New Route
Activity: 5 Mile Breakfast Bash
Google Maps URL: http://maps.google.com/?q=http://share.abv
Shortened Google Maps URL: http://j.mp/cOgHAz
Started: Sep 4, 2010 8:08:49 AM
Run Time: 40:15
Stopped Time: 0:00
Distance: 4.46 miles
Average: 9:02 /mile
Fastest Pace: 7:10 /mile
Climb: 226 feet
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