Author - John Shue

Featured Corn Fed: Jeffrey Smith
Featured Corn Fed: Marcus Miller
Featured Corn Fed: Rick Bosley
Featured Corn Fed: Wendy Macleod

Featured Corn Fed: Jeffrey Smith

Featured Corn Fed
By: Jeffrey Smith

What was your first OCR? Viking Assault 08/2012
What is your next OCR? Indiana Spartan Sprint 04/2013

Tell us more about yourself, Jeffrey.
For over twenty years, I struggled with weight, not always fat (though that is where it got to) but never lean.  In college, I was an avid, frustrated body builder because I could achieve strength and size easily, but never the lean, cut, muscular look I wanted.  My health deteriorated over the years to eventually ending up at 254 lbs, extremely high blood pressure and pre diabetic.  I lied to myself and said I was fine (I dressed in black because it is “slimming”) but it was the day my fat pants decided to not fit that I realized I had to do something.
My journey actually began April 1, 2012.  I altered my diet and embarked on a rigorous exercise routine of running. (My wife had told me for many years that running would be the only way I would lose the weight).  So, 60 lbs later I decided to try her way.   At that time, I could not run even 1/8 of a mile.  Today (55 lbs lighter and counting) I run 4+ miles 5 days a week. No inhaler, no knee brace, blood pressure under control.
I believe fat was a choice for me and I now choose lean and healthy.  I enjoy running, funny because I never planned on running any farther than the fridge, it’s cathartic for me and obstacle racing has become an addictive passion.  I want to be that example of what a little bit of determination and knowledge can do for the average person.  I am no expert, but I know what worked for me.
My quest for abs is in full swing.  Make no mistake, I have awesome abs.  I know this because under my yet to be lost fat I can feel them and they hurt after intense core workouts.  It will be a glorious day when they emerge.  We will all celebrate together!

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

Featured Corn Fed: Marcus Miller

Featured Corn Fed
By: Marcus Miller

What was your first OCR? SR Midwest in October of 2011

What is your next OCR? SR Indiana

Tell us more about yourself, Marcus.
I’m a 23 year old male nurse, in a long term care pediatric unit of a medium sized childrens hospital, I am there more than anywhere else, i usually am there to wake em up and get em ready for the day, and even as far as bedtime stories, or guarding from monsters (i make a darn good protector from things that go bump in the night) but I was a failure as a youth, but I have always had my goals set high, i was 250 pounds (combined, squat, deadlift, and bench press) away from a junior olympic weightlifting spot in 2006, 2 fights away from a golden glove award and a pro bout, and a knee injury away from competing for a state championship in high school wrestling (189 pounds!), I have only ran 2 obstacle course races due to finances, but im working on doing a few this year. I was apart of the petition for the founders race and man has it evolved from there, you guys are amazing, and even though im not as athletically gifted as you all endurance,speed wise, i make sure everyone gets over an obstacle before i do, meeting you guys was great, and i cant wait for my corfed round 2.

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

Featured Corn Fed: Rick Bosley

Featured Corn Fed

By: Rick Bosley (Ricky Booby) (#51)

What was your first OCR?
Indiana Spartan Sprint

What is your next OCR?
Miami Spartan Super

Tell us more about yourself, Rick.
I’ll make this as quick as I can so we can get all sorts of info into this newsletter. Things you may (or may not) know about me: I was raised in    Maryland and am currently 31 years old. I really only spent 2 years in the Midwest, and before that I had never traveled west of Ohio except for  Navy Boot Camp. Speaking of the Navy, I spent 9.5 years in as a nuclear plant operator and mechanic, four of which were spent on a submarine; I wouldn’t take a day of it back if I could. I have four children, two boys and two girls. One of which has been at almost every race I’ve participated in, and has run four Jr. Spartans herself. I currently live in Pennsylvania with my (official) fiancée, Maribel, who is also Corn Fed…

What got you into OCR in the first place?
Well, I was sitting at our morning meeting at work in Illinois when I had a flutter in my chest. It wasn’t uncommon, it was more like the feeling you get when your “heart skips a beat”. For me though, this flutter didn’t go away no matter how much I wanted it to. I held my breath, tried to increase my heart rate, tried to calm down and slow it further, nothing worked. I then went to our site nurse and explained my situation. It wasn’t long before I found myself in a hospital ER. (No, I didn’t pass out or ride in an ambulance). They tried   chemicals to slow my heart into a normal rhythm and even that didn’t work; final option – general anesthesia and a defibrillator. That worked!  After that, I knew something had to change. That was the last straw. I had talked about getting “off the couch” for far too long. This  will be the only  time I say it, but thank goodness that my daughter is as active as she is, or I may still be deciding on when to start and what to do. I had a close  personal friend that had done a Spartan or two, couple that with my inquisitive nature, and there you have it. I had a goal, someone to talk to   about the races, and I had somebody interested in training with me! I was set! In 2012 I completed seven Spartan Races and earned my Trifecta. I  couldn’t have done it without you, without the team, and for some of you, you were there every step of the way. Out of those seven races, there   was only one that I didn’t have the Corn Fed family with me (not counting my family of course), and it was by far the worst one I participated in -­‐  you do the math! 2013 is already shaping up to be a great year (looking at about nine races so far), and I look forward to seeing you all again in    April at the Spartan Race Indiana – back to where it all started!!! That is, if I don’t see any of you in Miami in February…

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

Featured Corn Fed: Wendy Macleod

Featured Corn Fed

By: Wendy Macleod

What was your first OCR?
Spartan Sprint June 2012

What is your next OCR?
Spartan Beast December 9th 2012

Wendy, please tell us more about yourself.

I guess the thing that defined me the most was being sick.  I learned more about me… I had to if I was going to be healthy again.

I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 6 years ago.. at the time I had been training for a marathon. Then the pain was really bad and the doctor told me to stop.. it took a while to be diagnosed and I had to retire from my job.
I spent the next  3 years eating ice cream  and watching TV. I was on canes, afraid to leave my home in case I fell.. couldn’t walk much and was looking at purchasing a scooter. I gained a lot of weight.. I was depressed.
My life felt useless, my young daughter could not even hug me without me wincing in pain. My marriage went from bad to worse.

Finally I decided I was done with that.. I wanted ME back!
I stopped eating bad food, drank lots of water and started walking… in a few months I left that relationship and was looking forward to being happy.
NOPE!  3 months later I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. The next year was all surgeries and chemo and radiation. I got up and walked 35 KM ( no training) to raise awareness for women’s cancer in the middle of all this. I’m stubborn what can I say?

I lost what little muscle I had due to the chemo but slowly I got myself back together and joined a gym. That’s where I saw an ad for the Spartan Sprint. 3 weeks before the Sprint I asked the trainer to train me to do it. I didn’t care about my time.. this was me getting ME back and telling not only Cancer that I kicked it’s butt but also Fibro!

It took me 55 minutes to do it. I felt like a rock star. My daughter was a Spartan Princess and she put my medal around my neck! It was so awesome!
Now I just want to do more. I did the Super in NJ…decided last minute so no real training for that and am now going for the Beast on December 9th which will be my 51st birthday!!

I may be slow but I wont’ quit!  This Canadian girl is stubborn! I’m looking forward to meeting some of you face to face if you are still there on the 9th and doing more races. I feel alive and found ME in that mud!! The Beast will also mean my Trifecta!

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

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