Archive - September 2013

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Rugged Maniac – Chicago/Milwaukee 2013 Review
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Chestnut Mountain Mud Run 2013 Review
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Lilo’s Tuggin’ along at the Clash of the Shields!
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The Ultimate Suck
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A Quick Primer to Glasses and Obstacle Course Racing

Rugged Maniac – Chicago/Milwaukee 2013 Review

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Name: Katie Nowik

Event Details (parking, facilities, vendors, schwag, etc.): Plenty of parking.  The food was the BEST I’ve had at any race.  The veggie burger was FANTASTIC!  Being able to buy shots (shot skis!) was a nice surprise.

Event Name: Rugged Maniac – Chicago/Milwaukee

Race Details (length, obstacles, difficulty, etc.):

I love this race (second year doing it) because it is the only one I know of in the Midwest on a ski slope.  Many of the obstacle were challenging, yet not impossible.  I’ve described this event as a mini-Tough Mudder (without electricity or ice baths) as many of the obstacles are similar (albeit easier versions) and the up/down on the ski slope makes this a challenge.

Rating: 4 Stars (Great)

What would make this race better?: BLING!  The ONLY thing I would change about this race is having a finisher medal.  If this race had that, the icing on the cake so to speak, I would give it 5 stars!

Chestnut Mountain Mud Run 2013 Review

Name: Adam Witmer-Bosley

Event Details (parking, facilities, vendors, schwag, etc.):

This venue was at a Christian boys ranch.  Parking was excellent, however I showed up early so I am not sure if anyone ran into any parking troubles.  There was low turn out, but the presence of only two port-a-johns was relatively surprising and led to a lot of people using the woods instead of waiting in line.  There weren’t any vendors present, however all participants did receive a small swag bag with a stick of deodorant and their finisher t-shirt.  PowerAde was a sponsor, so every runner got some much needed electrolyte boost pre or post race (albeit a sugar filled one).  As far as the event going along smoothly, it did. The volunteers and staff were excellent, and the medical staff (which I used for a dislocated shoulder) was extremely professional.

Event Name: Chestnut Mountain Mud Run

Race Details (length, obstacles, difficulty, etc.):

There was a 1 mile kids race that was set to start at 10 AM with the adult race to follow twenty minutes later.  While everyone was pumped up and ready to run they stalled and stalled for reasons unknown.  There was a long drawn out costume contest before the race, and the start times were delayed badly.
Distance was slated at 3.8 miles, but I am fairly certain it was much shorter, possibly borderline 3 miles.  The terrain was fantastic.  Beautiful rolling hills and some semi-steep inclines.  At one point we came upon a small waterfall emptying into a natural pool at which point you could use the rocks as a water slide or jump off into the deep side.  It ended up being a great tour of the ranch, and the director vowed that the race never follows the same paths.
Obstacles were few and far between and difficulty was minor.  One 4 ft wall, one 9+ ft wall that was meant to be climbed like a ladder, a culvert crawl and culvert slide, a barbed wire style crawl under ropes, some nice thick mud in spots, water crossings,, and a great log carry up and down.  The race culminated with a 3 flame fire jump and 200 + yard sprint to the finish.  Other than that, the site hyped up quite a few other obstacles that simply weren’t there.
This race is advertised as a beginner level race, and definitely followed through.  Being a small-time race slated as beginner level I had low expectations, but this race fulfilled them all and added some.  Aside from a terrible bottleneck at the very beginning of the race, the entire course, staff, and participants were excellent and made for a great day.

Rating: 4 Stars (Great)

What would make this race better?:

-The directors should try to avoid delaying start times with costume contests, some of the “elite level” athletes were getting annoyed…as was I.
-The race began with a water crossing with all 300-ish participants crossing at once and coming out of the water to a single lane trail around the pond.  The bottlenecks           here were terrible.  IMO simply starting the race 100-200 yards away would have eliminated this.
-While I understand that the race was to benefit their mission at the ranch, $65 entrance should bring with it some kind of bling, and advertising the bling would bring             more participants
-Don’t advertise obstacles you won’t have.  This is what sets the big guys apart from the little guys.  Spartan and Savage would never advertise something that wasn’t  there, but it seems that all of the little guy races I do are over-hyped in terms of obstacles.  Post the ones you know you’ll have, and if you can add more, do so.
-One last thing, I feel like a course like this should have multiple heats with a max of 100 runners per heat.  We only faced two bottlenecks, but the second was enough to       ruin a good head of steam.

Overall, this race exceeded expectations.  It was filled with great positive attitudes from everyone involved.  I have my complaints…but who doesn’t.  After all we are simply out to help the little guys improve, and they never will without good feedback.  Would I run it again?  In a heartbeat.  Do I recommend any and all of Corn Fed to do it?  Yes.   I think with the venue, and the location that comes a little close to Corn Fed home territory we could partner with the ranch and do a good joint fundraising race for their ranch and All for Hope.  I look forward to seeing a few more CFS at the next event, because I will be there.  AROO!

Lilo’s Tuggin’ along at the Clash of the Shields!

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It’s 6am on a cold Saturday morning as I climbed out from under the covers wondering what the Hell I was thinking by wanting to head out into the cold to get muddy. Then I remembered how much I love OCRs and my “mud therapy” as I call it.

Cranking up the music and putting the top down on the car even though it was still quite chilled out I headed out to Marseilles, IL to the Dirt Runner track for the Clash Of The Shields (police vs firefighters…being in Corrections I figure I fit in a little). Knowing that some of my fellow Corn Feds were going to be there made the 1 1/2 hour drive well worth it.

I arrived to see a few cars and some familiar faces lined up at registration. It didn’t take long to get situated and head in to see what we were facing. The Dirt Runner was part of the track for the Super Spartan a bit back so I knew there would be some awesome hills to tackle but I had never experienced the actually Dirt Runner itself.

We missed the heat we had planned to start with due to Don and Bret trying to decide how much weight in their weight vest truly equaled badass. Decisions were made at 50lbs for the vests and then Bret added on another 60lbs with his firefighter gear (well, the weight was around that After it was wet, but still…insane!).

"I'm going to do the 2nd time with 75lbs"...we didn't make it to the 2nd time!

“I’m going to do the 2nd time with 75lbs”…we didn’t make it to the 2nd time!

Finally suited and weighted up we headed to the start line. Looking over to my left I also realized that Bret and our lovely Princess Badass Heather were tethered as well. Crazy people, I love it! Looking to my right I smiled at Shannon and Christina who were doing their first OCR and Don aka Trouble who was in his weight vest and energized. I love this crew!

First time OCR..and addicted now! Christina and Shannon.

First time OCR..and addicted now! Christina and Shannon.

Being the Corn Feds we are the 6 of us decided to create our own starting time instead of waiting on the next heat so we headed out at a jog and away we went! As most of you know from previous posts, I SO do not like to jog or run or anything of that sort but I had 5 others with me and I wasn’t going to be a wuss and slack behind!

The terrain was, as predicted, awesome all the way through. The hills and the muck at this location absolutely rock!

Some of the best moments and highlights:

Monkey Bars! Every single race I have done so far I have not made it past the first bar without slipping off. The last couple of weeks I have busted my butt working on my upper body strength and with the cheers and encouragement of my team I made it almost to the end. I would have made it all the way but I got so excited I lost my grip!

Team of Two teamwork: Watching Bret and Heather tackle the obstacles while tethered was truly cool. This is the second time I seen team members do this (Jon & Candie at previous races) and it proves to me how well two people can work together when they have faith in one another. Never once did either get mad or pissy as they struggled over and under and up and down some intense obstacles and it was just awesome to watch. Way to go you two! And an extra kudo to Bret for the weight vest AND the gear added to this.

Team of Two

Team of Two

Team of Six teamwork: We paused halfway through the race to go back to the festival area and enter the Tug Of War contest. Myself, Trouble, Bret, Heather, and Christina formed a team with Shannon being our awesome cheerleader/photographer. There were only 4 teams total but the first team was challenging and gave us tug for tug before we finally pulled them over (We didn’t know at the time that we were also on the side that had an upward incline so we had that challenge as well). A quick break in between as some of our fellow Corn Feds took on another team that we defeated soon after. We were beaming as we took a few moments to enjoy our victory before heading back out.

Clash of the Shields

Heights and Fear of Falling: I don’t have a fear of heights, really. I don’t mind being up high…until I realize that I can fall! There were a couple of super high (to me) obstacles that we faced along the way and both Christina and myself were in the nervous zone while doing them. As always is the Corn Fed way our team talked us up and over cheering us along the way and we both successfully crossed heights we hadn’t.

Rolling Logs: It was not a huge obstacle but it was one that I liked the challenge of. Think balance beams made from logs and then add in that they rolled back and forth. It was crazy and I loved it!

Mud, mud, mud: We don’t do this expecting to come out pretty and clean and this was no exception. Dirt Runner had some great mud hills and pits as well as some creek bed like trails that were filled with “suck your shoes off and pull you down” muck. Loved it! Add to that the trees that were over the beds that you had to climb over and it was a hell of a challenge at times. Just what we needed! Nothing like trying to unstick your foot from 10 inches of mud only to have to try and hike it over something 5 feet high.

Run, Jump, Ground: Then there were the log over and under challenges at which I may have bruised places I didn’t know I could. Climb over a log placed 4 feet high, ok I can do that. Now under a log with barely enough room to get my arse under (watching the guys try and navigate these with the weight vests was a treat). Now wait, ok this log is up 6 feet high. “I got this, I can do this without help or using the side for a grip”….run….spring up like Tigger on a good day….realized that Tigger really could bounce as I hit the log chest first and become grateful for my rear padding. Twice. Sometimes…sometimes you just take the help and let it go!

Trouble ~ he encourages and inspires (and makes me now want to work up to a weight vest)

Trouble ~ he encourages and inspires (and makes me now want to work up to a weight vest)

The finale: We made it! It’s been a while since we were in water and as we come up to the final obstacle, a long mud pit barbed wire crawl (usually my favorite obstacle) I have to convince myself to get in the cold water one more time, but I do it. This crawl was LONG and the pebbles in the mud were a little skin shattering but we’d made it to this so onward I went. Finally make it to the end to see these huge ass logs sticking out, a few ropes and a ladder with a broken rung and have to navigate up to the top. After a bit of struggle I’m standing at the top looking down at the finish line and remembering once again why I love this addiction!

There were more obstacles and hills and other things along the way but these were just some of my favorites! Wanna know more about the course then you need to come and do one with us!

Best part of the day: The feeling of accomplishment when you get the medal placed around your neck and the cold beer in hand. Seeing friends and teammates celebrate with you. Knowing you’ve challenged yourself and made it again!

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure"

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure”

 

Another reason I love doing these is everything in life just fades away as you’re out there challenging yourself to get through the mud, the obstacles, the challenges with people who understand the therapy of the mud just as you do. I thank Don, Heather, Bret, Shannon, and Christina for an amazing fun day…you all were awesome to work with and the laughs and moments will never be forgotten! WE ARE CORNFED!

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The Ultimate Suck

1274823_10200295655421937_681820070_oI had heard about last year’s endurance race that Joe Decker and his wife, Nicole, put on at the farm he was born and raised at in Cuba, Illinois, just west of Peoria. It was suppose to be the most physically and mentally demanding 36 hours out there. If you don’t know who Joe Decker is, he won the Death Race 2 times….in a row. That has never been replicated. He owns the Guinness Book of World Records for Fittest Man. Want to know more about him, Google him, you will have more to read than you can possibly stand. Talking to him you wouldn’t know it.

The event started Friday at 7 P.M. Candie and I thought we left with plenty of time to get to the farm with an hour or so to spare. As we were getting closer, it was apparent that we had not. We were the last to roll in, with a few minutes to spare before briefing of how things would be ran and who was doing what and when. As I listened to the information, Candie was busy getting my ruck ready to roll with everything I may need. Never underestimate whether you need crew to help or not, you need them period. Joe finished up with the specifics of everything and gave us 5 minutes to gather what we needed and meet back at basecamp. So, off we went, and I had to change out of my sandals into my trusty Xodus 3.0 shoes and put a pair of compression shorts under the ranger panties.

First task was to obviously get us stinky and wet from the beginning and test our resolve against the murky black water with green layer over the top. With how hot it was, no one seemed to mind getting in and the smell just became part of the task. My mind has a tendency to zone out of everything except the task at hand. I will talk to myself and others may not understand me. Out of the pond and a slight jog back to basecamp.1236255_10200554451969471_712775251_nFirst PT test up was the Marine Corp PT test. 100 sit-ups with 50 lb. sandbag, 200 hand-release pushups, and a Joe Decker 3 mile run. Yeah, Joe Decker distances are longer than what he says they are. Up to this point, I found myself right in the middle of the pack. On the return trip of the run, a young lady by the name of Taylor introduced herself and I found out she had won the Southeast Regional Suck and we jogged together for a little while just talking about how much we hated running and things Suck related. It ended with us having a nice little run to the finish line and we went our separate ways.

Something the Suck is known for is its love of the farmers carry. They are also called the bucket carry. 2 buckets, 2 50 lb. sandbags, and a long hike. Embrace the Suck. I started out and caught up with Justin Attebery and Steve Noviello. I shared with them a system I have been doing  for the bucket carries which we adopted and modified. We 1185327_10200554463609762_445750908_nstuck together for the duration of the bucket carry and it allowed us to get to know each other a little bit more and have a good time doing something that was not. It may have taken us a few hours to do that bucket carry, but as they always say, 2 hours gone is 2 hours nearer to the finish. We made it back to base camp and guessing by how few people had passed us we were guessing we were in 7-8 place, middle of the pack which is a good place to be early on. It helps establish who is going out to fast and who is reserving the tank. This was my thinking up to this point.1175312_10200554473970021_410671103_n

Another Joe favorite and staple is mini strongman competitions mixed in with the rucking, farmers carries, and spa like ponds…lol. So first one was throwing something that looked like what a hammer throw would use. You would have to stand underneath a pole running horizontal (looked like a mini goal post) and in a kettle bell swing throw it over the bar 4 times I

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believe. Since the bar was around 8′, it wasn’t too difficult. Next station was a log, 6-7′ in length, and flipping it end over end to a point and back. Final station was taking another log, roughly 8′ in length and doing 100 thrusters. I would have to say strongman competitions like this is a lot of fun for me.

1175461_10200554499010647_1012953625_nNext up, 3-4 hours into the event, we needed our ruck, a bucket, 50 lb. sandbag, life vest, tire, food, and water. The goal was to take off heading north from base camp and following what looked like a tractor trail off and to the left about

a half mile up and dropping into a creek bed a mile from basecamp. From there, I am sure the 3 miles that were told to us were a bit more. Justin, Steve, and I would drop into the creek bed leaving behind Steve’s wife, Kristyn, and Candie to tackle this on without our crew. It was slow going because, even though the water was low, it made for more things to tackle, like the logs that had jammed together which made getting ourselves and our gear through even tougher. I had started pulling away from the other two.

Weeks before the race, as Candie and I talked about what approach I wanted to take, I always stayed together with someone as a team. With most that I usually teamed up with not being in this event and knowing Erik Krantz and Josh Cuthbert teaming up, I knew I wanted to take a different approach and push myself beyond what I had before. So, there I stood, with that going through my mind. My decision is something I rarely do, but I made the decision for myself to keep going and see what happens. As I started going, I noticed I was picking up speed, as in having a little jog associated with moving down the creek bed. Passed 2 people, the count goes from 7-8 to 5-6. Not bad, means I must be moving at a pretty steady pace. Than Erik and Josh, thank Sean, and than another 2. I get to the bridge which has a few volunteers and I ask how many
would have been too, I think I did it in half the time. I was in 1st!have already passed. They yell back 3. I am a bit puzzled, but maybe my calculation was off, so I quicken the pace even more. Granted, at this point, I don’t know if I can even keep this pace up so I am just using the energy since its there. I caught up to one more on a steep hill and he had taken the wrong way while I just so happened to find the perfect “stairs” up. I come flying through to base camp to Joe, Nicole, and everyone’s surprise because of how fast I got through there. Candie was told I would be out at least 3 hours so when she heard my name from the campsite, she was doubtful. I

556354_10200554505570811_1353809845_nNot sure what time it was but I was pumped, focused, and felt a different way than I normally had during these types of events. I was on to the next task with hardly a break. Another strongman event. Perfect!! I know there were tire flips, rock squats, maybe more? Memory isn’t very strong on this one. Off again with my life vest, shovel, shotgun, and axe. Sort of a circuit. Apple shooting first, roughly 10, 20, and 30 yards in the dark, well except for my headlamp. After shooting at all 3 of them without them so much as moving, I thought I was in for some penalties. Luckily I checked and had hit all 3 of them. Next up, digging a hole for 30 minutes, shit that was 1235201_10200554516731090_360731344_nboring!! After that, axe chopping and a reason why you do not want to me in 1st place for that. I had a log from hell that when I made contact either threw the axe back at my head or sunk it in so far it was rough getting it out. Chopped the wood in no time besides that and started carrying all the wood to the wood pile back at the farm, about a 1/10 mile walk. Took me 4-5 trips. I was feeling alive as I speed away on my next task.

The next task, after hiking back down Polecat Rd. was to do 10 push-ups, 10 dips, and 10 high knee jumps all the way down to 1 of each, then drop down into the creek and, as would most of the ones involving the creek bed, had me going through Joe’s Day Spa where you first coat yourself with a nice top layer of green algae base layer cream and top if off with black soul water to soak the skin giving off a cologne-ish smell that any Abercrombie model would die from. As if 1 pond wasn’t bad 1175564_10200554540531685_501961406_nenough, a 2nd made it all seem just right. Needless to say, as you swam through the pond, there were spots that were really cold and others like someone had just “warmed” it for you. Figure that one out. Making it to his brother’s place the task was to take 28 bales of hay and, lucky me, being 1st, I got to take them to the furthest point to stack them. So, with dawn breaking and 14 trips later, stacked and done. Three chain climbs next, made 2 of them so 10 8-count man makers. After that, what I had heard people talking about, the gas chamber. I had to do 10 burpees in order to make it out. I closed my eyes, opened the door, knocked them out, came out and dunked my head in the horse trough. Task done and I had to follow my steps in reverse, back through the 2 ponds, down the creek bed to the bridge and back up and around to basecamp.

1184871_10200554569212402_44112082_nSo, hitting the 12 hour mark now and still feeling pretty damn good. Sun is coming up which always seems to wake us crazy all nighters up and a little PT to loosen the muscles up. A Joe Decker 1 mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 hand release pushups, 300 squats with our 50 lb. sandbag, and another beautiful 1 mile run. The heat at this point was getting pretty bad and the hottest part of the day was still to come. At this point, I knew I had to keep going and push even harder. I knew if I could do this for another 24 hours, I would win and this heat would give me an advantage. I just didn’t know how much.

Good old bucket carries. Taking the same path as when we did the first ruck down the 1235930_10200554593773016_589564147_ntractor path. This time, during the hottest part of the day. Luckily, there was still some shade along much of the path up to the tractor path. Doing my normal routine with the bucket carries and stopping in the nearest shade for a few minutes got me going pretty good. It was like an army with Candie, Heather, Breton, and myself all heading down the road side by side. These 3 people not only made sure I was taken care of, but that Candie was taken care of. If you ever want to see some of the most compassionate people in racing, not just the 3 special people I had the honor of crewing for me, take a look at these endurance events. Found out how fast Breton is. We were completely out of water and he took off and was back in what seemed to be minutes and we were still a good ways out from basecamp. That was a life saver and I 1006360_10200554599813167_1732215226_nmade the last home stretch a lot quicker than I thought I would. During the whole trip back, I hardly noticed anyone, and those that were coming through were stopping because of the heat. I figured I gained a good 30 minutes on everyone there. After that, I was pretty exhausted and overheating because of how hot it was. I probably rested for a good 30-45 minutes just to get myself right and make sure I wouldn’t suffer from heat exhaustion.

1157708_10200554601373206_38644565_nBack to the strongman circuit!! A tractor pull, a REAL tractor pull, not the Spartan Race kind. Had never done that before and was pretty entertained by it. Yes, I said entertained, if you don’t understand why I said that, next time look at the nickname on the back of my Corn Fed Spartans jersey. Second in the circuit, take a empty half keg and toss it over the “goal post” bar, this time 15-ish feet in the air. Third was the concrete ball toss from 10′ away into the center of a tractor tire. NAILED IT!!! Onto deadlifts of 220 lbs. till failure. I stopped at 25 reps because the event wasn’t even half over. Might as well save some. Lunge thrusters with the same 8′ log from earlier, 100 of them followed by 200 lb. farmers carrier, roughly 40 yards. Lifting heavy stones, overhead, chest, waist. I love lifting heavy shit!

1229816_10200554616133575_420281153_nAnother round of life vest, shotgun, axe, and shovel and I was off. Made the 2 closest shots but missed the 3rd this time which earned me 30 8-count man makers. 30 minutes of digging followed by some more great logs to chop and carry over. This is where I got worried. On one of my trips carrying wood, I noticed Mark Jones had really cut into the lead I had and was chopping wood maybe 30 mins behind me. I got done with my last amount of wood and headed out on the hike which took me back down to the bridge and followed the creek back to the farm but right before the farm, Joe blocked it off and I got directed to go to the left, which was definitely the path less traveled and took a bit of planning on how to get around certain obstacles which if you can guess it by now lead back to the pond. Crossing both ponds and back to Joe’s brothers house to take the stacked hay and put it back into the barn.

At this point, I knew I had won. I knew because of a few things. I am not sure how 1236371_10200554666574836_44589006_nmany people in the group were taking 2 bales at a time which cut time in half. I also pay attention to what is going on, the time and I always put mini goals in front of myself to make sure I stay on task and going hard. Hay done and chain climbs, got 2 out of 3 again so another 10 burpees thrusters with a cinder block. Then back in the gas chamber for 15 knees to chest from pushup position. Came out and splashed water on the face and was off back to basecamp, roughly ¾ of a mile away.

I got back to basecamp around hour 29 and had the last strongman circuit, which was everything. Tractor pull, keg throw, deadlifts, tire flip, log pull with chain, heavy rock lifts, 200 lb. farmer’s carry, squat thrusters, and sled pull.

Last but certainly not least, the final bucket carry. This one was a killer last year, and Joe made sure to save the best for last. Such a sweet guy! I started strong but getting a ¼ of a mile out where it got quiet and dark made for an interesting time. Each time I put 1185596_10200554699455658_1443964042_nthe buckets down, it was everything I could do from not falling asleep. Getting to the hill that seemed like it went on forever was pretty uplifting and as we all turned around, I felt my body and mind focus a little bit more. With every step, every time I lifted those buckets up and walked, each corner turned got me going a little faster until we all turned that last corner. We could hear yelling, like a battle cry as the rest of the group had started their bucket carries towards us. We all started getting motivated and about halfway through the group, Joe stopped me and announced me as the winner. It was the words I had been waiting for and was shocked, overjoyed, emotional (even though I didn’t show it), and relieved. Candie had went to sleep during that bucket carry because of how exhausted she was and Heather went to wake her and as I was coming up on the tents, she came out and we all shared a moment, at least I thought it was a moment. Finishing up the bucket carry with a nice little jog was nice, 1239720_10200554700695689_385889699_nand partly because my grip was shot.

My official finish time was 32:25:59. Obviously, Joe made sure we got out 36 hours in by having us put the rest of the hay back in the barn, and this time I carried 1 bale at a time.

My heart is so full from this race. It is truly the hardest event I have been a part of. Sure, the Death Race is all about pushing you past the point 1236800_10200554701415707_715047847_nand sometimes being downright cruel at times. But, I can say that hour for hour, task for task, The Ultimate Suck was by far tougher, and this is with everyone, from Joe and Nicole to all the volunteers and everyone involved being positive, uplifting, supportive, and showing love too all the racers and crew. If Joe and Nicole wanted people to quit, they would have no finishers, that is a guarantee. A special thanks to Joe and Nicole Decker for being 2 of the most gracious, honorable people I have ever met. I am honored and humbled to even know you.1236869_10200559933586508_792065534_n

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A Quick Primer to Glasses and Obstacle Course Racing

 

by Daria P.

Obstacle course races are a fun way to spend your free time, while also getting tons of exercise. The idea is to push the limits of your physical capacity, but the races are designed to suit different types of people. For example, you might find a Warrior Dash to be just right for you (i.e. a 5k mud run with about 10 obstacles), while the Tough Mudder will be too much for a beginner (i.e. a tough challenge that includes swimming in frozen water and electroshocks).

One of the frequently asked questions about this activity is “what if I wear glasses?” Of course, this is a pertinent question because, on the one hand, obstacle course races imply getting your hands dirty – and by hands we mean your whole body – but, on the other hand, just because you wear glasses, you shouldn’t be deprived of your favorite sports. So the first thing you need to do is talk to your optician. In some cases, they might advise you to stay out of it, while others, might offer some good tips on what steps to follow.

If you decide not to consult your doctor about this, you can always do what other glasses wearers do: put protective goggles on top of them. This will help you keep your glasses (relatively) clean and will prevent breaking them. Remember to bring some wipes with you, because you’ll want to clean them up once the race is over (or even during, if required). Click here for more tips on the GlassesOnWeb EyeBlog.

Another option is to risk it and just use your regular glasses. This is not the ideal version, since your glasses will most definitely get covered in mud, blurring your vision. If you do decide to go with this version, use an athletic band to ensure your glasses stay on, and be extra careful during the race. Our recommendation is that you only do this if you’re an experienced racer.

Finally, if you’re wearing contacts, there shouldn’t be a problem during the race. And even if there is, there are designated medical stations that can help you out in need.

This guest post was written by Daria P. who also contributes for GlassesOnWeb.com.

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