Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Training Races

Hey Gang,

If anyone else is interested, Steph and I were planning on doing some pre-mudder training race(s) to help us get into shape for the race to end all races and to have concrete milestones that will help us focus our training. We've found two possible events that take place late spring/early summer that offer the perfect opportunity:

Sporting Life 10k marathon Sunday May 13th, 2012
This is a 10k run, takes place May 13th 2012. Registration is 40$ until Feb 28th and all the registration money goes to help send kids to camp. Also a perfect milestone to make sure you're ready for the running portion of the Tough Mudder.

Toronto Spartan 5K sprint Sunday June 24th, 2012
This is basically a mini Tough Mudder. Registration is 45 - 65$ depending on when and how many people register. 5km instead of 17km, but it would at least give us an idea of what to expect on the big day and help you evaluate where you may still need some extra focus in your training. Average race time is 30 min - 1 hour, if I remember correctly. You also get a medal at the end.

Steph and I are going to sign up for the Spartan Sprint early next week, since we want a little bit of a head's up on what we're getting into. Spread the word if you want to do this too, and we can make a Colbeck's Kids team there as well and then a bunch of us can do the race together.

We're also thinking about doing the 10k run, but that decision will be made in the next couple weeks as I start to get back into training (Steph is already training hard) and figure out if I'll be ready for a 10k in May or not. That`s all I got for now, but definitely let me know if you'd also want to do the Spartan Race.

Mud in your eye,

Other Shawn

I hope you guys are running tonight... great weather!

I actually just got back from a run and received this email... I am sitting shirtless at my computer much like Shawn on his monkey bars, but imagine more hair and less muscles. I've basically been going for a 6 km run once a week, when the nice weather pops out... and I've been using runkeeper to track my progress!


My progress so far .....

Hey gang! Great idea Shawn.
This is about the extent of my training right now.
This and changing diapers.
Is there a diaper changing part of the course?

Let it Begin

I was talking with Tyler a couple of weeks ago and he came up with an awesome idea. He thought a great way to stay in touch and update everyone with their training progress would be to create a blog. After a mere two weeks of sitting on my butt I have done just that. Everyone that is registered and PAID will be a member of the blog with the ability to post. Whether it be pictures, videos or just a sentence or two to egg on your teammates. Its also a great way to avoid e-mail threads that get into the 100's for replies, (humerous as they may be). 

I will open myself up for ridicule first by posting this picture. This was taken about a week ago. My wife asked me to make some monkey bars for the garage so she could practice, (I get the sense she isn't looking forward to them in the race). They work well but they work even better when its -7, you open the garage door and take off your shoes, socks and shirt. This is training for the Tough Mudder right? I must admit, I did wuss out a little be wearing the gloves. I just didn't want my skin to stick on the bars. The black bar is over my chest cause this is a family blog. Let's keep it clean. Well, as clean as you can for the Tough Mudder.