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My Road to The Death Race – E6 – NYE and Dirt Runner
Paratus Preliator
Zero to Hero – Cody Smith

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….

Paratus Preliator

 Paratus Preliator – “Ready Warrior”  this is the motto of the National Guard’s Recruit Sustainment Program and relates to the individual being a warrior in body, mind, and spirit.  My short career with the Guard has been spent teaching me the fundamentals of the Warrior Spirit and the more I learn, the more I realize that you can’t make a warrior, you can only “Make Ready” a warrior.   A Warrior willingly subjects themselves to any punishment both mental and physical so that they may advance upon and overcome any obstacle that dares to challenge them.  How you will know a warrior is relatively simple,  warriors in general ae “go-getters”, Type A personalities always looking for the next big challenge, the next feat to overcome.  Warriors make an oath to themselves, consciously or not, to do one of several things.  First they will always place the mission first,  no matter how discomforting, how “out of their zone”  they have a mission whether directed to them or taken upon individually to accomplish the mission at all costs.  Secondly, Warriors will never accept defeat.  Everyone in their life will come up short on some things, plans don’t fall into place and if you subscribe to Murphy’s Law ” A good plan never survives first contact.”  The difference between a Warrior and a common man is simple, the warrior has taken it upon themselves to complete this mission and come hell or high water they will be succesful and they will declare victory.  A Warrior doesn’t always get it right the first time, but when push comes to shove they will accomplish the feat for their philosophy is “Pain is temporary, Pride is forever.  Thirdly Warriors will never quit, There will be times when the challenge they face is one that will take the warrior every ounce of mental and physical stamina to overcome, but where most men fail the warrior succeeds, because they will accomplish the mission at whatever they must pay in blood, sweat, and tears.  Finally Warriors never leave a fallen comrade, a warrior leads from the front plain and simple.  When people start falling behind, injured, or otherwise the warrior is right beside them pushing them until they can’t push anymore and then a warrior picks up their comrade and completes the mission.  A famous Roman General said it well “Of every one hundred men, ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are nothing but targets, nine are real fighters… We are lucky to have them… They make the battle. Ah, but the one, one of them is a Warrior… and he will bring the others back.”  You are the Warrior it is up to you to declare victory and bring your people home.  So as you train for whatever in life not just the Spartan Race, because that is only the first step to make ready the warrior, are you training as an individual for a race, or are you training to be a Ready Warrior?

US Army Warrior Ethos:
I will always place the mission first

I will never accept defeat

I will never quit

I will never leave a fallen comrade

Spartan Code:

  • A Spartan pushes their mind and body to their limits.
  • A Spartan masters their emotions.
  • A Spartan learns continuously.
  • A Spartan gives generously.
  • A Spartan leads.
  • A Spartan stands up for what they believe in, no matter the cost.
  • A Spartan knows their flaws as well as they know their strengths.
  • A Spartan proves themselves through actions, not words.
  • A Spartan lives every day as if it were their last.

-Cody Smith

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Zero to Hero – Cody Smith

I come from three generations of Firefighters and my family may as well have been the first privates in the Revolutionary War so to say my life was already planned out before I came into the world is an understatement.  Until this very year there was one absolute about my life,  I was going to be a soldier and so at a very early age I volunteered on a Search and Rescue team and set out to improve my fitness levels.  Really it wasn’t anything drastic, a couple of fun runs here and there mixed in with various obstacle courses and other competitions.  In all actuality I was never really an “athlete”  that is until the summer of 2011.  See I had never planned to follow my father and grandfather into the Volunteer Fire Service, instead I was to be a career officer, a warrior, a locked on and steady troop at least that was always the plan until I just happened to be on Hulu (I was quite the Zero mind you)  and I stumbled across a documentary about the Oregon Fire Service so I watched it and instantly I was hooked.  I had it in my head that I was gonna be a Firefighter.  So being just a wryly sixteen year-old I immediately applied for the volunteer Department my dad had served on, not realizing the physical requirements.  After the initial application I began my training to be a firefighter,  now I had never been one to lift any weights besides a ruck, so I grabbed two stones (named them pride and discipline and occasionally they accompany me on a WOD) tied two straps to them and used them as free weights.  For two months I did the same routine while running and eating a “warrior diet” (more on that later).  Now I still wanted to join the military and a couple of my friends joined the National Guard which pushed me over the edge, at this point there were two absolutes in my life I was to be a firefighter and a soldier.  Motivated by my new revelations I started looking for 5k’s to run, after seeing the usual “Fun run” rubbish I began thinking that there HAS to be something out there that combines the military aspect with running, lo and behold I found the Sparta Nation!  After one look at the WODs I was hooked!  I had always been a huge subscriber to the “fit to fight” and “functional fitness” theories which basically says to work out for the mission and Spartan Race did just that!  Instead of the boring weight lifts I was now doing functional stuff, lifting, pushing, pulling, and weighting my body to grow into the warrior I am today.  As a result I am pleased to say I am a proud member of the Corn Fed Spartans, a firefighter who knows no limits, and a warrior (ok artilleryman) ready to put steel on steel with the bad guys.  Life is a battle, Spartan Race gets you off the defensive, get your feet dug in, Spartan up and carry on.  If you’re reading this and even thinking about Spartan Race just do it, you won’t start transformation from Zero to Hero without motivation!

– Cody Smith

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