Month: May 2015

THE WARRIOR DASH

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There are many new and exciting races that many of you have probably heard about (or maybe even completed!); these include The Color Run (http://thecolorrun.com/), The Warrior Dash (https://www.warriordash.com/), The Spartan Race (http://www.spartan.com/), The Tough Mudder (https://toughmudder.com/), The Zombie Run (http://zombierun.com/) and the list goes on… If you haven’t heard of obstacle racing or any of these races until now, GO CLICK THE LINKS AND CHECK THEM OUT! Or even if you have, you can still check them out! Now maybe you’re wondering: why is this this girl getting so excited about all of this??

I was lucky enough to run the Warrior Dash recently and I highly recommend it to anyone up for a physical challenge and a fun time. In particular, the Warrior Dash is a little over 3 miles (depending on the location) with a dozen or so obstacles. If you are relatively athletic, you shouldn’t need to “train” to complete the race, although apparently it will make you less sore if you prepare for it in the weeks preceding it. Because it was four days after I came home from finals, I had’t specifically “trained” for it, but being a student-athlete and a relatively fit and strong person, I was able to complete it without any problems (physically) and wasn’t even sore the next day. Note: if you don’t want to participate in any of the obstacles, you are able to “opt out” and skip them to continue on with the running (or walking) you were doing before the obstacle. In my opinion though, the obstacles are fun and a part of the whole experience, so if you do complete one of these races in the future, I recommend you at least try all of the obstacles.

When you complete a Warrior Dash, free pictures are taken of the racers on the different obstacles and later posted on a website for sharing and viewing purposes. Some of the pictures of me are posted below!

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Note how white and clean all of our shirts and skin look! When you pick up your registration packet, you get your number, a furry, red viking hat and a grey t-shirt with a cool Warrior Dash design. I completed the dash with my neighbors and in this picture I’m on the far left.


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“High Tension” was the ninth obstacle in my Warrior Dash and required racers to swing across a pool of water by holding on to a cargo net. As you can tell from the pictures, I’ve already plunged in mud, so getting rinsed off by the water, even if it was aggressively spraying me, felt a little cleansing.


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“Goliath” was the second to last obstacle in my race and YAY for fresh (and somewhat clean) water again! This obstacle required racers to climb up a wooden wall, across a wooden plank, while water is splashed up on/at you and then you are rewarded by sliding down a long slide into a big pit of water contained within a large tarp. After getting rinsed off during multiple stages of “Goliath” I began to wonder why all of the previous race finishers were covered head to toe in mud. I soon found out why……


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The end to my first Warrior Dash! After I crossed the finish line, I was handed a finishing medal, which triples as a fridge magnet AND a bottle opener. At this point, there was mud in every bodily crevice I did and did not know existed. No photos were taken of me personally during this last obstacle, but if you want to get the picture of how a person can go from rinsed off and clean to head-to-toe muddied:

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After getting my 3-in-1 medal, I was able to enjoy a nice rinse-off in the pop-up showers (while keeping my clothes on) and then headed over to the festivities. There was live music, beer for all racers over 21, a playground (where we took the picture below) and chicken legs and burgers.

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I definitely would recommend The Warrior Dash for anyone who loves a challenge and doesn’t mind getting down and dirty (literally). It is a great atmosphere of participants and a good workout (and event to train for).

THE SOPHOMORE SLUMP

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You are currently finding me writing this post at the conclusion of my sophomore year in college. I always heard my older friends describe their second year as a “slump” and couldn’t quite understand the true meaning behind the “sophomore slump” until experiencing it these past eight months. As a quick recap of my past year at school I had an exhausting (and as it seemed a never-ending) concussion in September – which took me out for the remainder of my hockey season and left me with lingering symptoms until late January, and in the fall my concussed self thought it would be a bright idea to take two math classes, a computer science class and a physics class. Needless to say, my spring semester was academically unfavorable. Then to top off my demanding course load this past spring semester, my legs were just flat-out overworked during our spring season, causing my compartment syndrome to flare up. The painful swelling only lengthened my list of reasons to join the bandwagon to refer to my sophomore year as the notorious “sophomore slump”.

I could complain all I wanted to, but that wouldn’t get me anywhere and it certainly wouldn’t boost my overall level of happiness. Although I still bitterly look back at these past eight months by identifying them as my infamous Slump, I am incredibly thankful for all of my challenges and struggles because (as cliche as this is going to sound) it has made me that much stronger. I won’t go into much detail right now, but keeping a positive attitude will truly go a long way. When I was still having post-concussion syndrome headaches several months after the initial blow to my head, I would go to bed every night praying to wake up the next morning headache-free. When I’d relentlessly wake up to the ceaseless headache I began to wonder if they would ever go away. WELL THEY DID! Regardless of how hard it was to maintain my happiness and positive attitude this past fall, I persevered and I am now able to happily wake up every morning 100% headache-free!

Recap of the first post:

1) The sophomore slump is not fictional; I have lived to experience it firsthand this past year

2) There are always benefits to the negative things in life – you just have to look a little deeper for it

3)  ALWAYS KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE. It will carry you far in everything you do (I promise)