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Race Discount for YOU, Check My Flow, & It’s (hopefully) Race Day!

It’s been a good week of runs for me, I think even Kanye would agree…

Josh is excellent at photoshop.

Josh is excellent at photoshop.

A TNSR run is always fun.

Rhyme 1.

Trying a new running form.

Tho the day before’s run on the track was whack.

Rhyme 2.

The clouds and the noises they made were scary, but I got the run dun before they cried on me.

But the day before that was pretty phat.


A baby run and a papa run.

OK, that’s enough freestylin. I gotta focus on this weekend – RACE TIME! Well, I hope. My last two races have been cancelled due to massive Texas storms. And as I write this it is storming again. Hopefully it will clear up before the race.

I was lucky enough to get a free entry to this race – Rock the Block 10k. That said, I’m dreading it a little. I ran this race last year and wasn’t a fan of the course.

Click to enlarge (that's what she said).

Last year’s poster. The route hasn’t changed. Who likes an out and back – I mean, honestly?

But at least I know what to expect since I’m familiar with the route.

And we're off!  -Photo from

And we’re off! -Photo from

And hopefully the rain clouds will help keep it kewl this year – last year it was friggin hawt!!!! But I still ran a PR (with a horrible positive split) of 46:00.

Just a bit sweaty at the end.

Just a bit sweaty at the end.

I’m going for a negative split and another PR, so come back in a couple days for the recap!!!

Other than that, the fine folks at Spartan Race have sent me a discount code to share with you:

Email-Module-580x580_Memorial-DayThey do these obstacle races all over the USA (and I think internationally too), and they have different distances you can choose from…

Email-Header_Memorial-DayBut hurry up and use the code MEMORIAL because I believe it expires pretty soon!

Twitter-Post_880x440_Memorial-DaySo there ya go, kiddo. A week that was pretty on fleek. And now I best be goin cause my rhyme is done flowin.

How bout you? Running this holiday (US) weekend? Ever run a Spartan Race…or going to? Do you have any race predictions?


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National Mudrunner’s Association Mud Run

Summer 2012, shortly before the end of the world, I did yet another mud run.  This one was catchily titled – National Mudrunner’s Association Mud Run, or something like that.  It was kind of a cluster.

I registurd because I had a discount through Schwaggle.  Why not?  Could be fun.  But it was rough.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m rooting for these guys to be successful, but the first time out of the gate for them was not so much successful.  Besides the unfortunate title, the course was kind of jacked.  Right at the start you have a few obstacles, then  you basically go on a trail run for the next three or so miles, then you do a bunch of obstacles right at the end.  So no, the obstacles were not spread out along the course.  And no, the course was not marked very well.  Tons of people kept taking wrong turns.  At one point a group of us ran a half mile out of the way before someone told us to turn around.  Berry strange.

I went as a Parrothead for this race.

I went as a Parrothead for this race.

And the obstacles, oh mama let me tell you.  Some were very difficult, which is fine, but I skipped several of them because the lines were insanely long.  To give you an idea, it took me like an hour and a half to do this 3 or so mile race – and that’s with skipping the obstacles with the Really Long Lines.  Too bad to, cause one was a zip line that drops you in a lake – but talking to people in line, they said they had been waiting over an hour!  No thanks.  I’ll head to the post race beers, thanks.

Free beer helped!

Free beer helped!

Not to mention that when I arrived at the race, they had run out of goody bags and the t-shirts you were supposed to get for registering.  But they tried to make good.  They sent me a shirt later on after I emailed them asking for one.  And they sent me a coupon for a discount on an upcoming race from their series.  I didn’t register tho.  Like I said, hopefully they’ll get all the kinks worked out and maybe I’ll try them again down the road.

Mud Medal (it all didn't smell like mud)

Mud Medal (it all didn’t smell like mud)

The reason I don’t go to new restaurants is that I know it usually takes them a while to figure out how to make it run smoothly.  I’d rather go then.  I should apply the same logic to races I register for.  Best of luck to them tho!  Hope to see you down the mud trail.

Peace out home slice!


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Hero Rush

6-16-12 – Irving, TX – I ran in the Hero Rush adventure, mud, race, thingy.  I enjoy doing these types of runs – they break up the monotany of a simple 5k.  Plus, they offer unique challenges.  Plus, I get to wear a costume since it’s not going to be very competitive – they’re more for fun for me.  Plus, you get a medal…I like getting medals.

This particular race was firefighter themed.  So all the obstacles had something to do with firefighting, coincidentally enough.  I’ve worked for several years making videos for firefighters and paramedics, so I get it and I respect it.  And one of my best friends was a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty.  I decided to wear the shirt from one of his stations during the race.  I also wore a child’s fake fire helmet, until I lost it somewhere on the course.

Before the race with my friend Shelley who also ran.

The obstacles in these things keep getting progressively difficult.  There were some tuff ones in this race.  In fact, the one I was most looking forward to we had to skip cause some lady fell off of it and hurt herself just before we got to it.  It was a zip line.  I wanted to zip it up.  Oh well.  Say la vee.

I won’t get into all the obstacles as that would take too long, but I will say that it was a mistake to sign up for the 11 am wave of runners.  I figured that would give me time to sleep in and drive to Irving.  I didn’t anticipate the backup of racers from the earlier waves who had caused queues to form at most of them.  I was expecting to take 30-40 minutes for the race, try doubling that.

Anyhoodle, I had fun.  And as these races usually culminate with (a fire pit), I fabulously jumped over.

I knew a camera was watching.


And the medals were kind of cool.  Like I said, I like medals.

I know the image is flipped. Byproduct of Instagram. Too lazy to fix it in photoshop.


That’s it, short and sweet today.  Peace out homeys.


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