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  • Considering Spartan? Build your upper body strength

    Considering Spartan? Build your upper body strength

    I started CrossFit a couple of years ago and was getting stronger. I wanted to test myself at the Spartan Sprint, which is 3 to 5 miles with 20-plus obstacles.  I suspected it would involve lots of climbing and that I needed to develop my upper-body strength. Continue reading
  • Surviving Your First Obstacle Course Race

    Surviving Your First Obstacle Course Race

    I bet your friend talked you into signing up for your first obstacle course race. Congratulations! But perhaps apprehension is starting to overtake your excitement by now? No fear, I’m here to help! You’re probably not worried about crushing the competition and just want to make it out in one piece, right? So here are some survival steps. Continue reading
  • Turn Missteps into Learning Lessons | Spartan Championships

    Turn Missteps into Learning Lessons | Spartan Championships

    Two weeks before the Spartan U.S. Championship Series in West Virginia (Last weekend of August), I started suffering plantar aching in both feet and sharp pain in my right heel. When I attended the course preview the night before the big race, I wavered on whether to race or not. I felt even more torn because the course was gorgeous —long and not too hilly. Before going to bed that night, I decided to assess my discomfort after my warm-up in the morning. On race day, I taped up both plantar regions for the warm-up. The pump up music was playing in the festival area, the mountains were beautiful and my foot felt OK. With the atmosphere, excitement, my adrenaline pumping and no real pain in my foot (just some general aching in both) I decided I was going to race. Continue reading

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