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My Road to The Death Race – Push Yourself
Did you know that the Corn Fed Spartans
My Road to The Death Race – E6 – NYE and Dirt Runner

My Road to The Death Race – Push Yourself

As I got back from bettering my 3 mile run by more than a minute and I took off my trusty coldgear, there was so much sweat that it was dripping from the clothes.  To some, that’s nasty or disgusting, but for me it was a testament to myself that I can push my body past the plateau I have been facing for the past week or so.  Isn’t that what life is all about?  Pushing yourself past the plateau in your job or your relationships.  If you can push yourself for that, this simple little thing called training or running should be a breeze.  Others can take it this way….if you can push yourself in training, what is stopping you from taking that to other areas of your life?  I can tell you what it is, its YOU!!


You should never be the reason you quit or fail.  I have not had it easy either.  Sixth grade started off with my parents divorcing, my father not giving a shit about us and taking off,  and realizing my mother only cared about making sure the other 3 were taken care of more than she worried about what I did.  I remember having so much anger that it was hard to control which led me to football and I had a rage that made me successful.  Went from a straight A student to barely passing.  That was just middle school for me.  Fast forward 15 years later and meeting Laura.  Our relationship and my college career happened to start at the same time and things were looking up, and college ended with a 3.98 GPA, a handsome little boy, and a job I am proud of.  Always remember, that no matter what, people are there for you, to push you and help you become great.  You just open yourself up and let yourself be EPIC!!



Did you know that the Corn Fed Spartans

Did you know that the Corn Fed Spartans are one of the fastest growing Obstacle Course Racing Groups in the US? And now we have even branched out to other countries. While the group continues to grown to close to 500 people, the main focus of the Corn Fed Spartans is to be a community where people can share a passion for racing, training, and life. The Corn Fed Spartans are truly a family.

With that being said, by being part of a large racing group, there is a possibility of certain perks. During every Spartan Race, the team with the largest number of racers receives the following: VIP treatment on race day, preferred team heat, FREE entry to the Hurricane Heat, a FREE race into next years race, and more. Doesn’t that sound pretty sweet? Well how about this – as of last night – the Corn Fed Spartans were currently the largest team for both the Indiana Spartan Sprint AND the Midwest Super Spartan. If we can continue to grow the team for both of those event – we can reap the benefits of all the free perks and enjoy racing together as a team, as a family.

If you have not signed up for either of these races and plan to – sign up through the Corn Fed Spartans website click the link on the left and use the promo code SPEAR15 to save $15. **Don’t forget to sign up on the Corn Fed Spartans team!

If you have already signed up for these events, but did not sign up for the Corn Fed Spartans team – send an e-mail to Jonathan Nolan ( and he will make sure you are added to the team.

The Corn Fed Spartans are looking forward to an incredible year and that would not be possible if it wasn’t for you. Thank you for believe in this group!

My Road to The Death Race – E6 – NYE and Dirt Runner


It has been a few days since my last post, since Saturday’s Huff to be exact.  I took Sunday off for recovery and was ready for Monday, the New Year’s Eve party we had all been waiting for.  I had to work a half day on Monday and usually I run to release some steam.  With that not being possible before making the trek to Missy and Brad’s house, I was wound up and Laura felt the effects.  Sorry baby!  Not sure why it happens, it just does, most likely contributing to why these crazy ass races make me feel in my element.  So, after a 3 1/2 hour drive, we arrived and I instantly got dressed for a little 3 mile run just to clear my head.

As everyone may or may not know, the New Year’s Eve party did not disappoint.  It was a crazy insane time with a whole bunch of people who normally led pretty healthy lives all drinking too much and going crazy.  If that isn’t family, I don’t know what is….we finally met a few new people and got re-acquainted with the ones we have shared mud, sweat, and blood with.  I will not go into detail about the NYE party because that is an entire blog in itself.

We ended up going to bed around 4:00 in morning knowing we needed to get up around 8:00 just to get some breakfast before the Dirt

Runner Polar Dash.  And breakfast we had, in a big way!  Thank you Candie, Missy, and Tim because that was one of the best breakfasts I have ever had!

On to Dirt Runner and rucking the entire course.  It was the best way to spend 3 hours on a 5K course.  It was a real pleasure to go through the course at the pace we did enjoying it with people I geniuinely love.  That is what people don’t understand about the Corn Fed Spartans.  We really look after each other and take care of each other.  That was what this was about for us, I think.  It was just too bad we didn’t have more.  Thanks to Dirt Runner for opening the course to us and thanks to Tim White for having custom medals made which counted as the first bling of the season!


Today I was heading home from work not sure if I was going running or not.  I really didn’t want to but knew I should.  I am just like everyone, getting back on the horse is not easy.  This was one of those days for me.  So, I threw on my weight vest, yes with all the weight (60 lbs.), and went for a 5K run in 32:03.  I say this because what I believe everyone has inside of them is the ability to tell themselves its happening whether or not they want it to.  You don’t want to go running, okay, but we are putting a weight vest on AND

running then.  Screw you body!!  Running up freaking hills are AWESOME!!!  I think endurance events are something my body and mind


crave, not only because of the DNF factor, but because I don’t want to do it.  In my opinion, anyone can make it through a 5K race, and does not satisfy my craving.  Do a 50k, on trails, in 20 degree weather with snow.  Now we’re talking.  Who wants in?

Lesson:  No one but yourself can push you.  If its too hard, its worth doing it.  Trust me, when I was younger, I was doubted, judged, and not respected in my abilities much like all of you.  You know what I did?  Hit the weights, pushed myself over the edge, and took the starting Defensive End position from the guy that was suppose to get it and never gave it back.  That feeling is coming back again….

One of our very own made the top ten list for Jeff Cain’s Must Read Posts from 2012!! Congratulation Maribel!!

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