The Beauty in Fun Runs

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While pushing yourself to your physical and mental limits at a Spartan, Tough Mudder or other extreme obstacle race can be a great time, it’s important to remember to kick back and have fun with your runs sometimes too! A great way to do so is to participate in a fun run. [Read more…]

First Look at Men’s Health Urbanathlon

I am very excited to share with you that I will be participating in the 2013 Men’s Health Urbanathlon.  I was invited to come run the event and cover my training and experience leading up to the race. [Read more…]

Preparing For Sparta


As more people become interested in obstacle racing and take the plunge to sign up for their first race inevitably the question that always comes up is “How do I train?”

Training for races will vary from person to person just like the types of shoes people chose to wear. Some people will tell you they rolled off the couch and did a Tough Mudder. While others will tell you about their meticulous diet and extreme exercise regimen. [Read more…]

FrogFuel First Thoughts and Giveaway

I have some pretty intense races coming up in the next few months and thought it would be a good idea to step up my training a bit.  I am still taking it easy on my back, but I really need to kick up my strength training.  I was asked by FrogFuel to test out their product, and it couldn’t have come at a better time.



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Episode 18 – Parkour Smooth Moves and Becoming Obstacle Fit

This episode we talk about Parkour with Ryan Ford and how it is finding its way into obstacle races. We also chat with Pete Williams, author of Obstacle Fit. [Read more…]

How to Prepare for an Obstacle Race


I found this article and thought it was worthy to report here.  This was originally posted on Livestrong and written by Pete Williams.  This nicely recaps everything we have been saying on our show. You can find the full article here.

In the world of endurance sports, 2012 was the year of the obstacle race, with more than 2 million people competing in some sort of muddy challenge run.

Last year nearly 500,000 people completed a Tough Mudder, the 12-mile slog through strength challenges and Fear Factor-style obstacles, and just as many went through the shorter (5K) Warrior Dash. More than 350,000 competed in one of three versions of Spartan Race, ranging from 3 to 15 miles and requiring athletes to perform 30-burpee penalties each time they fail an obstacle, as well as navigate a gauntlet of mallet-wielding Spartan warriors to reach the finish line.

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5 by 5th Virtual Run Series

I never would have thought having a doctor telling me not to run for 12 weeks would be heartbreaking.  This is definitely something new for me.  A few years ago, if my doctor would have told me to stop exercising I would have considered that doctor’s strict orders to lay on the couch and put myself quickly into a junk food coma.  Wow, how things have changed.

Couch Potato

I now find myself perched on top of a slippery slope that I don’t want to fall down from.  I am very aware of how my body is reacting to this less active lifestyle I have been forced to accept (for the time being).  I have had to temporarily give up my long trail runs, weight lifting and boot camp.  This time of year it is especially hard.  Even more so since I have just perfected the most sinfully delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe that would rival anyone on Food Network or the Cooking Channel. [Read more…]

Acknowledging The Pain In My….

About six months ago I was just getting into the groove of running. I was slowing building up my endurance and increasing my speed. I went out early one morning and decided to do a 3 mile run around my neighborhood. It was going to be relatively easy terrain mostly on the sidewalks with a gradual hill in between. I took the uphill area slow and made it up without walking.

Coming back around I was feeling really good about my pace and decided to pick up the speed. I did this as I was coming to the downhill part of the street. I starting going really fast down the hill and felt the sting of the pounding sidewalk under my feet. After about 40 feet I started to feel a shooting pain in my back. [Read more…]

Episode 5 – Run For Your Lives!

Daniel and Laurie talk to Olivia Orth at Run For Your Lives! A unique Obstacle Race with a Zombie twist. We also discuss an article that came out in the November issue of Outside Magazine. In this article there is an expose on the big three obstacle race companies and it would seem, that some of these companies play dirty. We also have our Mini Training Tip and a new segment, Video of the Week. [Read more…]

Running Ain’t The Half of It

So when you think of obstacle racing usually the first thing that comes to mind is running through mud.  Yes you will be running.  And yes, there is usually mud.  But there are lots more to these events than just running.  I think people new to these events (if they are going to train) focus a lot on the running and nothing else.  But this is just a small piece of the pie.

Strength training is the other part of the equation that will help ensure a successful race.  All of the obstacles that you will encounter may use muscles you never knew you had.  So because of that it’s a great idea to include core and strength training into your training routine.

I’m not talking about bulking up body builder style.  But by using your own body weight alone can help you attain lean muscle mass that will get you over the highest walls or army crawl through mud with the best of them. [Read more…]