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  • Week 18: Up and Down

    Week 18: Up and Down

    Tuesday, August 6 2013 10:55 AM EDT2013-08-06 14:55:33 GMT
    I must begin by saying that I finally did another sand run! It certainly took me long enough. I'll be the first to admit that I've been avoiding it like a term paper. Anyway, I clocked 6 miles in the sand,More >>
    If you're looking for a good place to practice your sand running/ climbing/ crawling/ sliding, I've got the spot for you!More >>
  • Week 17: Over the Hill

    Week 17: Over the Hill

    Monday, August 5 2013 3:39 PM EDT2013-08-05 19:39:51 GMT
    I know, I know, I skipped a post for Week 16. Lisa joined me for my workout last week, so I didn't have pictures to post, and it was a pretty standard strength/ cardio interval routine. It was crazy hotMore >>
    So, here we are, week 17 of training, and we were back at the beach. I can't believe there's only six weeks until race day!!!More >>
  • Week 15: Learning the Ropes

    Week 15: Learning the Ropes

    Thursday, July 11 2013 2:13 PM EDT2013-07-11 18:13:45 GMT
    I was introduced to a "new toy" this week: the ropes. My only experience with ropes thus far would be swinging from one in my backyard, which always resulted in some nice rope burn (sometimes I would wearMore >>
    I was introduced to a "new toy" this week: the ropes.More >>
  • Week 14 Waterlogged

    Week 14 Waterlogged

    Thursday, July 4 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-07-04 15:31:09 GMT
    I might have been in the water more than the sand this week. Even after just one session in the sand though, I'm starting to get used to feeling gritty, wet and bogged down by muddy sand. The first timeMore >>
    I might have been in the water more than the sand this week.More >>
  • Week 13: Sugar Cookies Aren't so Sweet

    Week 13: Sugar Cookies Aren't so Sweet

    Saturday, June 29 2013 5:56 PM EDT2013-06-29 21:56:59 GMT
    A soft and sticky ball of sweetly scented dough, crafted into a perfect sphere in your palms and then rolled gently through sparkling white sugar until it's covered evenly in glistening crystals. A pleasantMore >>
    This was my first session on the beaches of Presque Isle, the very site if the Beast. The plan going forward is to have all sessions here, to get used to being sandy and dirty and running with shoes full of water and sand.More >>
  • Week 12: Sand and Sun

    Week 12: Sand and Sun

    Wednesday, June 19 2013 3:54 PM EDT2013-06-19 19:54:46 GMT
    For the second week in a row I successfully avoided weighted clothing! Everything I do feels so much easier (not easy, just not impossibly difficult) without 35 extra pounds on me. Once again weMore >>
    For the second week in a row I successfully avoided weighted clothing! Everything I do feels so much easier (not easy, just not impossibly difficult) without 35 extra pounds on me.More >>
  • Week 11: Little Burms, Big Burn

    Week 11: Little Burms, Big Burn

    Tuesday, June 11 2013 12:32 PM EDT2013-06-11 16:32:07 GMT
    My shoulder is feeling much better, although it's still a little sore. Lisa had heard that I actually tore something and texted me in a panic but I was happy to report that as far as I know nothing isMore >>
    I had two major signs of progress during this week's session.More >>
  • Week 10: A Bump in the Road

    Week 10: A Bump in the Road

    Wednesday, June 5 2013 2:29 PM EDT2013-06-05 18:29:58 GMT
    The inevitable has happened: I've sustained my first training injury. I wish I could say I was doing some impressively daring move when it happened, but no, I was essentially not even moving. I was holdingMore >>
    The inevitable has happened: I've sustained my first training injury.More >>
  • Week 9: Just get Through It

    Week 9: Just get Through It

    Thursday, May 30 2013 5:37 PM EDT2013-05-30 21:37:19 GMT
    Okay, the weighted shorts were one thing… but adding the weighted vest? A world of difference. Like the difference between going for a three mile stroll and running a 12 mile military style obstacle courseMore >>
    Okay, the weighted shorts were one thing… but adding the weighted vest? A world of difference. Like the difference between going for a three mile stroll and running a 12 mile military style obstacle courseMore >>
  • Week 8: "It's Harder than Race Day"

    Week 8: "It's Harder than Race Day"

    Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:44 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:44:23 GMT
    Week after week I've been saying the workouts get harder… but this week there was a new kind of challenge that wasn't imposed by more reps or longer laps. Weighted shorts: these were my nemesis, pullingMore >>
    Week after week I've been saying the workouts get harder… but this week there was a new kind of challenge that wasn't imposed by more reps or longer laps. More >>
  • Week 7: "Cardio, strength, cardio, strength"

    Week 7: "Cardio, strength, cardio, strength"

    Wednesday, May 15 2013 12:30 PM EDT2013-05-15 16:30:43 GMT
    Run. Run. Hoist over an obstacle. Run. Down on the ground. Run. Fall. Run. The race is going to go a little something like this, so this week my training mimicked the quick switch from running to obstacles,More >>
    This week my training mimicked the quick switch from running to obstacles, by inserting the arch trainer between every circuit.More >>
  • Week 6... "Pain Means it's Working"

    Week 6... "Pain Means it's Working"

    Wednesday, May 8 2013 4:22 PM EDT2013-05-08 20:22:48 GMT
    It was back to the gym for me this week- a welcome hiatus from the wrath of the sand pit! But of course it didn't get easier (remember Lisa said it never will; greater strength will be met with moreMore >>
    It was back to the gym for me this week- a welcome hiatus from the wrath of the sand pit! But of course it didn't get easier.More >>
  • Week 5: "We're Taking it Up a Level"

    Week 5... "We're Taking it Up a Level"

    Wednesday, May 8 2013 2:44 PM EDT2013-05-08 18:44:44 GMT
    I walked into Executive Personal Fitness to find out that I was headed right back outside... back to the sandpit for round two! After how challenging the first time was, I was apprehensive to get backMore >>
    I walked into Executive Personal Fitness to find out that I was headed right back outside... back to the sandpit for round two!More >>
  • Week 4: Don't be Afraid to Get Dirty

    Week 4: Don't be afraid to get dirty

    Wednesday, May 1 2013 4:07 PM EDT2013-05-01 20:07:39 GMT
    So the Barber Beast on the Bay trial run was this past weekend, and it got me incredibly pumped up for the big day! Unfortunately I had to work, so I couldn't run the shortened three mile test version,More >>
    So the Barber Beast on the Bay trial run was this past weekend, and it got me incredibly pumped up for the big day!More >>
  • Week 3: "It's a Mental Battle"

    Week 3: The Mental Battle

    Wednesday, May 1 2013 4:05 PM EDT2013-05-01 20:05:52 GMT
    I'm starting to see a pattern here… every session gets more challenging! This latest workout was pretty tough for me, and it took me awhile to finish some of the reps, but I think the most importantMore >>
    I'm starting to see a pattern here… every session gets more challenging! This latest workout was pretty tough for me, and it took me awhile to finish some of the reps, but I think the most important thing is to finish, even if it doesn't look too pretty at the end.More >>
  • Week 2: "It Won't Get Easier"

    Week 2: It Won't Get Easier

    Wednesday, May 1 2013 4:04 PM EDT2013-05-01 20:04:10 GMT
    So I thought the first week was hard, but this week the real challenge began! I clocked an hour with Lisa at Executive Personal Fitness– which according to my trainer Lisa is equivalent to four hoursMore >>
    So I thought the first week was hard, but this week the real challenge began!More >>
  • Week 1: "The Goal Is to Survive"

    Week 1: The Goal Is to Survive

    Wednesday, May 1 2013 3:58 PM EDT2013-05-01 19:58:11 GMT
    I met up with my trainer Lisa Oberacker for our first session at Executive Personal Fitness (14th and Liberty). I was excited, nervous and a little scared to find out what she had in store for me… andMore >>
    I met up with my trainer Lisa Oberacker for our first session at Executive Personal Fitness (14th and Liberty). I was excited, nervous and a little scared to find out what she had in store for me… and a day after I can say I'm decently sore but feeling good!More >>
  • Here we go!

    Here we go!

    Wednesday, April 24 2013 3:17 PM EDT2013-04-24 19:17:00 GMT
    Welcome to the Beast Blog! I'm so excited to support the Barber National Institute by running, jumping, climbing and crawling my way through the military- inspired obstacle course on Presque Isle. ClickMore >>
    Welcome to the Beast Blog! I'm so excited to support the Barber National Institute by running, jumping, climbing and crawling my way through the military- inspired obstacle course on Presque Isle.More >>

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