Archive - May 2013

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Featured Corn Fed: Tim White
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Why do I play in the Mud? And why I think you should too!
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Indiana Spartan Sprint 2013 aka Ohana is a Muddy Family!
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2013 Corn Fed Spartans “Home” race!

Featured Corn Fed: Tim White

Featured Corn Fed

By: Tim White

What was your first OCR? Muddy Buddy (3 yrs. ago)

What is your next OCR? To Be Determined.

Tell us more about yourself, Tim.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Tim White and his two children, Colby (11) and Melanie (8) for our first father’s day edition newsletter. They are a very sweet family that truly enjoys spending time together. One of their favorite family activities is to have a game night that would consist of board games and movies.  Melanie’s favorite family night would consist of playing board games and Colby’s would be watching movies. They all enjoy being active in one way or another, Colby has been in baseball for 8 years and Melanie has been in gymnastics for 2 years. Another sport that Melonie enjoys is dancing, Colby enjoys basketball, football and track. In addition they have all participated in a series of race events. Colby’s favorite type of race would be anything muddy and Melanie’s is any type of obstacle course race. Their first family race was the Midwest Spartan Sprint and both Colby and Melanie were very proud of that event. Since then, Colby has done 3 OCRs and 3 road races and Melanie has done 2 OCRs and 1 road race! All three would love to go to Disneyland for a family race and in addition Colby would also love to go to Jamaica and Melanie would love to go to the rain forest for a family vacation.  I asked Tim what his favorite memory was to which he answered, there are so many, as a family it would probably be the Extreme Run last year when both kids surprised me by getting completely muddy while doing this OCR. Extreme Run was also Colby’s favorite race and Melanie’s favorite race was the Get Lucky 7k. Other than racing and family night, Melanie also loves to color and Colby loves to play on his x box. So when they aren’t at sporting events or at baseball or gymnastics you can find them having a nice time in the living room with their dad. Now that we have talked about almost everything there is only one more thing to mention, FOOD! Tim loves to have a boat full of sushi, Colby loves a plate or two of hot wings and Melanie loves an extra cheesy grilled cheese sandwich, sounds like a perfect menu!  Tim was asked what if anything he would love to pass down to his children, his answer was simple and true: be grateful for what you have, make the most of every moment and care about everyone around you… and with that we reach the end of our interview!  Would like to take a quick moment to wish Tim a healthy and speedy recovery from his recent injury in Indiana, Tim will be needing all the well wishes and support that we can send to him and his family.

Next time you see Tim on the obstacle course be sure to say hi! We would like to thank Tim for his time and for sharing a little piece of his story with the rest of us. Keep up the amazing work, Tim! We will see you again soon at the next race!

Why do I play in the Mud? And why I think you should too!

I was asked the other day why I like “playing” in the mud so much. Considering I’m the dress up and put on heels girl they were a little surprised by my obsession with Obstacle Course Races! Trust me, I never thought I’d be ‘Muddy Lilo’ either! But here’s how it all came about….

A few years ago I saw an article about the Warrior Dash and thought it looked like a fun idea. I talked about doing one off and on but didn’t make much of an effort at the time. I talked about a LOT of things I wanted to do but had a tendency to not follow through very well. Fast forward another year to the news that an Uncle had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer. Though devastated Uncle Tom ‘Mud’ Moore used his journey to take his bucket list and rock it out til the end. As his time neared he refused to give up his positive life attitude and encourage everyone to  “Stop and smell the roses and all that the Lord has given us; never have a bucket list full of things you want to do, start working on it now as life is to short, be able to turn the bucket over and start adding wonderful memories.”. I decided that he was right….it was time to start creating my own list.

As I worked on my ‘Livin’ Lovin’ Life List’ (for some reason I have never liked the bucket list term and hey, I have to be different anyway!) I added mud runs to it. As I added it I realized how fitting it really was, you see he became Uncle Mud because he had a habit of referring to me as “Hey, hey you, Mud” and it became a joke between us. I knew that he’d appreciate the amusement of it all as he watched from above.

Time went by and my list was worked on but then a major life change happened and I put it all aside for a while. My partner of 16 years and I were no longer together and for a little bit of time I just stopped everything, those who have been through this understand. But time heals and eventually I picked it back up again and started living.

In April of 2012 I made the decision to move 5 hours away and restart my life where I knew no one and had a new career to enter into. After I settled I saw that there was a Warrior Dash coming up in August, looked at my list and in my head I heard Uncle Mud telling me to get off my ass and go for it so I signed up. The addiction was just beginning!

A 3 hour drive with a wonderful new friend and I arrived at my first OCR ever. Nervous, excited, not in the best shape ever, but ready to try. Standing at the starting line and feeling the excitement around me I knew I was hooked. I made it through the Dash and by the time I made it back home I was already signing up for the 2013 one.

As you have seen from my previous blog I also signed up for the Spartan Sprint that recently occurred and what was a minor addiction became full fledged after that one. I have 6 more races on my schedule for the year, an amazing group of people (the Corn Fed Spartans) that I’m on a team with, a great friend who I’ve also started on the addiction, and a passion and zest for continuing to try new challenges.

Every race…at the starting line…I make a point to look up and say thank you to Uncle Mud for his bucket list suggestion and for the support (and laughter) I know he sends from his new home.

I encourage everyone….everyone….find something new to try. Explore the fun in life. It doesn’t have to be OCRs but look into your soul and find something that brings you to life and just LIVE. Believe in yourself and appreciate all that life has to offer you! Create your list and go after your dreams.

Have FUN in the Mud! And take a moment to become a part of an awesome family…join Corn Fed Spartans!

Lilo88

For you Uncle Mud!

For you Uncle Mud!

Warrior Dash 2012

Warrior Dash 2012

Indiana Spartan Sprint 2013 aka Ohana is a Muddy Family!

Ohana

Ohana

Two weeks ago today I was standing in the cold morning air with a smile on my face as my friend Matt (aka Stitch) and I did our volunteer time at the Indiana Spartan Sprint at Haspin Acres in Laurel, Indiana. This was my first Spartan and second OCR (Obstacle course race aka mud run) and his first OCR.

We had left around midnight for the four hour drive and arrived super excited and ready to start our shift. As volunteers we “earned” a free race so after 7 hours of working we’d be heading to the starting line for our own chance to yell AROO (the Spartan chant).

As people were coming in and signing up you could feel the excitement in the air. Unlike other “mud runs” the Spartan doesn’t have a map of the course up so you can see it in advance, you go into it not knowing what to expect! Stitch and I were assigned to the spear toss which consisted of a stick with a long nail on the end being thrown at a bale of hay set a bit away. This one seemed so easy that it made it harder and I was part of the crew who had to count (cheer you on) burpees for those who missed. (If you’re clueless on what a burpee is check out this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa53r_FvgM and then attempt 30, the amount you have to do at each obstacle you don’t pass!). I tried to make the burpee area fun by cheering and chanting “remember, once you do the first one you’re in the 20’s” and “it’s only 29, the other is a bonus because you’re just that tough”. It seemed to help or at least brought some chuckles.

Practice makes perfect, until it's your turn for real!

Practice makes perfect, until it’s your turn for real!

I won’t lie, when the team we recently became a part of, the Corn Fed Spartans had their heat I tried to put extra cheers and applause into. This is my race family and I wanted to make sure they knew we were proud of them even when they had to hit the burpees!

Corn Fed

After finishing our shift we went and did our race sign up (I was #5958 and he was #6005…we were officially in!), wandered a bit and got into our race garb. My hot pink hair and hot pink boots stood out needless to say but I was being “me”! The call to the start line came across and we headed to get in line. Motivational speech and chants of “I am a Spartan…I am a Spartan” lead to goosebumps and crazed excitement! After looking to the sky to say my hi to Uncle “Mud” and a “this is in honor of you” the Spartan chant of “AROO” “AROO” “AROO” started us down the course!

Note the video camera...it was on then...sigh

Note the video camera…it was on then…sigh

We were the final heat of the day and it was getting cooler by the minute. The first splash in the mud was a system shock but we were going to get through this! At that time we had no idea that we would encounter our own physical and mental obstacles but even when we did our determination made us keep going.

I could detail this until I drove you nuts but I’ll go with the highlights and lowlights!

Top Spartan memories:

~ The starting line goose bumps and the sounds of AROO AROO AROO as we headed out….that moment when you’re like “Yeah, we’re here and we’re doing this”

~ When we realized the course we thought was a little over 4 miles was actually 5.2 miles!

~ Learning about determination and perserverance with 3 other amazing people…we were the Last 4 of the race….we fought through a twisted ankle (around mile 2), hypothermia, a handful of thorns (twice), shoes lost in the mud, muscle cramps that were unimaginable, and more. We still….even though it took us over 4 hours to complete…we never gave up. The other 2 with us we met on the course and we all stayed together til the end.

~ Ohana….gained a new meaning as we bonded with one another along the way. None of us were going to give up…we wouldn’t allow one another…we were going to finish and we did. Along the line Lilo and Stitch became our race names, it fits!

~ There were 5 (I believe) people who were with us through most of the last few miles. They had already did their heats and they were there supporting us, cheering us on, offering hands and words and support. Those people (I know at least 3 were Corn Fed Spartans and those 3 who stuck with us…I’ll never forget that) were part of what kept us going and no words will ever thank them enough!

~ Doing this with a friend…there was a cargo net that stretched up 2 cargo containers…across the width of 2 more and down an additional 2…I reached the top and when I went to go across I froze, literally. I was NOT going to do this and that was that. I generally don’t mind heights but something just snapped off in me for a moment and there was no way. Stitch talked me across step by step beside me even though he could have already made it across. I don’t know that I could have made it had I not had that encouragement.

~ “I got you” “If you fall then I’m falling with you” “Walk towards the sound of my voice” “Rocky didn’t have to do burpees” “Who’s hands are on my butt” “I got this, oh shit!” “it’s the two minute mark, hit the red button to turn on the video camera” …..quotes of the day. (Note, 2 people can read directions for a video camera and still manage to turn it OFF instead of on resulting in no race video but a great laugh later!).

~ Climbing under barbed wire and trying to keep your ass down and your face out of the mud all at once!

~ Over a wall….under another wall…..through a…did he really do that….I can’t explain the whole story other then if you’re going though something falling back out and on your back does slow you down

~ Camelbaks are awesome…until the mouthpiece and mud meet too many times!

~ Mud …dried…flaking….I have experienced many painful things in my life but the feeling of dried and flaky mud rubbing off your skin is one of the most painful! It was like little needles being jabbed in my skin over and over and over!

~ I thought I wanted to do a Polar Plunge at some point….after chugging through freezing creeks over and over…I think not!

~ The moment you’re holding hands with 3 other people that you have just been through a 5.2 mile piece of hell with….and you’re crossing the finish line…feeling those medals as they are placed around your neck ….there is nothing like that…nothing!

I don’t think this even begins to describe how much that day meant to me but I will say this….I wouldn’t change one single moment….. not one. I am so grateful to those who were a part of it with me and to those who encourage me….to those who walked those miles with us and to those last people who stayed, who were there at the finish line applauding us and hugging us and just….wow, just wow.

What I am most proud of is we didn’t even acknowledge not finishing this. We were going to do it no matter how long it took, how cold it was, or if we had to hobble the entire way. We planned to go home with our Spartan medal and we did. We will not make excuses and we will not accept defeat and we will Not quit!

earned it Yeahthe aftermathSwag

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This was only the beginning of a Summer full of mud run fun! I personally have 5 more to go (maybe 6) and Stitch will be doing 2 of those with me as well. More to come as I continue my journey. And keep your eyes open for any of the Corn Fed Spartans at the races you might attend or be a part of. Say hello and come join us! (You can’t miss the badass jerseys we wear…look for Lilo 88, Stitch 13, or anyone else wearing a jersey with a Corn Fed Spartan on the front!)

Corn Fed Proud

As the motto says “If you want to know, run with us.”

Now….go get MUDDY!

Much Love~ Lilo88

2013 Corn Fed Spartans “Home” race!

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