Saturday, February 22, 2014

Run into the Caves

Sperunking
Crystal City Underground


Sperunking: noun [spr-run-kin]- the act of exploring caves while running, hurdling obstacles, crawling and tip toeing through quicksand.

This particular race was different and interesting. I was able to convince two of my other junior Marines to join me on this race in Crystal City, Missouri on February 22, 2014.  We have never done anything like this, so it was pretty exciting. As we walked around scoping the area and trying to take a glance of the course. We could only see the stretches of runs but no obstacles to be seen. 

          

Since we were there pretty early, we just walked around and glancing at the teams and their costumes. Which made me realize, why didn't we think of that? Walking around, taking photos with everyone and just having fun. Yes, that's all it was everyone having fun. As well as supporting a good cause. Well I met these two, who was dressed up as Laura Croft and Indiana Jones. Really creative, especially for this race. (Later Karen (Laura Croft) and James (Indiana Jones) have become friends on my Facebook.) 


Anyways, our stick was called up to the start line. Among us 3, we were contemplating on sprinting the first stretch but I refused to. Good thing though, once we reached the end of that stretch, we had to run through thigh high cold freezing cave waters. It seemed like a long time but my legs were numb and it slowed everyone else down. Haha! One of my Marines decided to swim through but it was too cold and later asked me if the water was good enough to drink. Haha! 

Well as we went through the course, we were hitting sand pits and more water holes. It sucked because the ground wasn't stable and my legs were getting killed. Yet, as we were about to get warm again, we would come across freezing water we had to cross. This was a total of 4 miles and the only reason why we stopped is because we would have to wait for one Marine to catch up. (Later who received 3rd place in his age group. Lucky bastard!). 

         

If you want to check out their website. Go take a look and see if you want to take the Sandmine Challenge. -> Sperunking Challenge







Saturday, February 15, 2014

The beginning of an addiction

Heart of the Ozarks




On February 15, 2014, I participated my first Half Marathon race/event in West Plains, Missouri. Well the weather report said it was suppose to be a high of 40 degrees. Wrong, it was about 18-20 degrees and thankfully I was prepared for the chill. So, I paced myself waiting for the race to begin, thinking how I am going to attack this route, what pace I should run it at and my breathing. 

Well they finally announced that the race was about to begin, I prepped my Nike GPS watch and my playlist. As the start gun went off, we were all on our way. First we were bunched up, then started to walk and as the runners ahead started to get some distance. I was off! Darting through the other runners, feeling great as my motivating music pushed me. Yet, something came up and surprised me... It was a hill! *haha* I was like WTF! I thought these courses were suppose to be flat for some reason but you know what, it never slowed me down. 


Well the course was great until the last vertical hill, where I ended up slightly slowed me down. It was pretty crazy. Anyways, there was a lot of motivators along the course to cheer anyone on. Which helped the deprived moral portion of my brain. haha! After half way through the route, the cold never bothered me and I could feel my toes again. So I just kept smiling and enjoyed the run. Regardless, if I didn't place at all. 

So like I said, this is a beginning of an addiction. Chasing those medals but hey, I was going to be in Missouri for 3 months so why not. 

Results
Placed 56 of 126 Half Marathon Runners
Finish Time: 1:57:11
Pace: 8:57

         
                        


Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Winter Wonder Land

Let it snow!

Well, I know I know. I am crazy for running in the snow. Think of this, I was like a Husky that misses the snow. Haha! Born and Raised in Kodiak Island, Alaska and not being able to see or be around snow for the last 10 years. I will do anything to be outside in the snow. So why not run in it? Although it was chilly, I was well prepared to go for a little run. 


In a runners reality, nothing should stop to from running. Unless it was a major injury but your temporarily broken and are recovering to get back on that pavement. So whether it'd be snow, rain or just really windy. There is nothing better then, going out there embracing mother nature. To me, it feels like I have accomplished something and that I can tell everyone that I have done it. 

       

At the end of it all, its just having fun with the passion you love. I mean it cannot be all competitiveness, you need to have some fun and away from stresses. As for me, I run to have fun, I run to relieve stress and I run to push my body to it's limits. 


"Spectators will never understand why I run. 
Some runners think they have an idea why I do but it doesn't paint the picture.
The only way  you'll understand why I run.
Is if your running side by side with me."