HEC Recap Part 3: Matter over mind

The last time I did a night run, it was 2015. I did the 4-mile loop at Ragnar Appalachians with a few Team Red, White and Blue members. It would be my last activity with the Morgantown chapter, as I moved the week prior.  My headlamp went out, there were rocks you had to climb…

HEC Race Recap: Course description

Name of race: Hoorah 2 Heroes Law Enforcement Hill Raiser Endurance Challenge When held: Last weekend in February. In 2017, there were Saturday night and Sunday morning races. Plans in 2018 include these races, a mountain bike course and a high school race. Where held: The Highlands in Ohio County, W.Va. Course description: Looping 6-mile course…

Finding the hero within

This is the first of a three part race recap of the Hoorah 2 Heroes Hill Raiser Endurance Challenge. Parts two and three will deal with each part of the two-day race.   The first time Mike and I meet to form our local Team Red, White and Blue chapter, we brainstormed on which groups…

The after-glow of GORUCK: Setting goals

THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE MIDDLE OF NO WHERE — As I stood for the team photo, I double-checked myself. Keeping warm as not optional. My ruck was covered with half-frozen water after  my Camelback bottle leaked. It was heavy and I didn’t want to carry it.  But the letters DFQ rang in my head…

GORUCK recap: Part 2

Since I started my fitness journey in 2012, I have tried to one big race every year.  So far, I’ve done a sprint triathlon, two metric marathons (26.2 kilometers), a Ragnar and a marathon.  They all have been rewarding in their own way. My favorite was my first metric marathon. I had just gotten out…

GORUCK recap: Part 1

Six hours and one minute. That’s how long GORUCK Light Pittbirgh lasted on Oct. 22. I’m breaking this race recap into two parts. The first part will explain the terminology and some of what GORUCK is about. The second part will be about the ruck itself. As I write this, I’m at home listening to…

Pre-GORUCK jitters

Today is the day of my GORUCK event. Four to five hours of exercise for a little patch. Crazy, isn’t it? When I did my marathon last year, I was OK up until I started making my way to the start line. This year, I’be been a big ball of nerves the past few days….

GORUCK training: Week 4 wrap up

I am at the point where I can keep track of the days until I participate in my first GORUCK. For week 5, the training plan calls for embracing the suck. Week 4 wasn’t exactly a walk in the park. Week 4 included a lot of rucking. There was also some plyometrics and speed work…

Three weeks to GORUCK

I have my ruck, hydration unit, weight and a tentative list of supplies for my GORUCK light event in late October. I just confirmed that one piece of technology, my Milestone Pod, should be able to handle the challenge. I’m in the process of getting a new Lifeproof case for my phone so it survives….

GORUCK training: Week 6

This is when I’m supposed to start the training program supplied by GORUCK over. But I’m still sore from Monday’s beat down. Monday I went to a session with my extreme endurance friends at Hoorah 2 Heroes. The person who usually leads the training sessions wasn’t there, so it was me, the OCR athlete and…

GORUCK training: Week 5

WOD (workout of the day) Equipment: None, though a strong upper body and core helps, parental instincts, the ability to forgive yourself Workout: Walk a mile to school. Drop of kids and proceed to your workout location. Attempt box jumps on the really high steps. If you fail, try the little steps instead. Get phone call…

Training: Week 3, The Remix

So last week’s Week 3 of GORUCK training was a bust. I did one and a half of the workouts. I struggled with muscle soreness and a virus that kept me congested and feeling like I needed to sleep all day. But, I’m better now, so I’m going to try this week again. So far…