5 Reasons to Avoid Mud Runs and OCR

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Each year millions of otherwise normal, well-adjusted humans lapse into temporary insanity and participate in a phenomenon called “mud runs” (as well as “obstacle races”). What is a mud run you ask? According to Mud Run HQ: A mud run is usually a course or trail of between 5 to 10 kilometer’s in distance with […]

One Thing We Can’t Do While Obstacle Course Training

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This wasn’t part of the plan. It’s 8 A.M. and I’m over an hour late for my workout because I’m paying the price for laxity, for weakness. In fact, the only reason I’m writing this post is because I’m passing the time while my gut settles; I don’t want to be caught out on my […]

Spartan Workout Tour: Is it Worth Your Time?

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For most of us, weekends are a precious commodity. We struggle and toil through the week, earning our daily bread and daydream about the coming relief and/or adventure awaiting us on the other side of our chosen occupation. Because of the limited time and space of a weekend, many diversions (and obligations) vie for our […]

6 Ways to Rekindle Your Exercise/Training Routine

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Exercise and OCR training has been one of my greatest passions since I discovered the sport during my weight loss journey in 2014. That being said, it’s not always sunny in the land of fitness. Sometimes… We are sore (from yesterday’s training!). We get discouraged. We lose hope (I’m not getting results fast enough). We’re […]

6 Exercise and Nutrition Truths Everyone Should Know

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  1) You Are Not the Enemy I see it all the time, in fitness memes and exercise conversation. We are thrust in front of our own image and made to be disgusted with ourselves–peer pressured into self-censoring which ostensibly motivates us toward our fitness goals. The same technique is also used in the military. […]

An OCR Athlete with an Eating Problem: 9 Ways I’m Fighting the War

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I should be celebrating. A year ago today, I saw myself in the mirror for what felt like the first time. Overweight, sluggish, without passion or vision for my health or fitness. All of that changed in a singular moment of disgust and I took the first steps in a journey of exercise and nutrition. […]

4 Lessons this OCR Athlete Learned at Gunny’s Boot Camp (CrossFit) Challenge

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Back when reading books was still in vogue, my father taught me the art of research and exploration, that magical, unexpected gems existed in the straight line between question and answer: serendipity. Serendipity paid me a visit this past weekend when my wife and I researched information about one race and discovered another event by […]

How Obstacle Course Racing Changed my Life

  Athleticism was never a foreign concept in the Bowen household. My father was a Ranger in the U.S. Army who frequently participated in running and hiking events, my mother was captain of her high school cheer squad, and I was a third generation All-Conference goal keeper for my high school soccer team. Something happened […]

6 Lessons Only an Injury Could Teach Me

1. Stick to the Training Plan Few successes arrive without a plan or strategy. Whether it’s investing for retirement, going to war, crafting an apology after a drunken evening, or mapping out your fitness, we need sound strategies for long-term results. My current level of fitness is a result of such planning…at least it began […]

6 Tips to Make the Most of Your OCR Race

As a grand, mad experiment, Obstacle Course Racing is hardly uniform–at least superficially– across venues. Whether you’re throwing spears at a Spartan Race, racing for charity at a local event, roughing the course with the SEALs at BattleFrog, or just here for the beer and party with Warrior Dash, each venue contributes its own racing […]