10 Things to do the Day Before a Spartan Race (or BattleFrog Series, Tough Mudder, Rugged Maniac, Warrior Dash, etc.)

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  The day before an obstacle race can be nerve-wracking. All the preparation, the anxiety, how does one cope? No worries!┬áThere are a few standard practices which go a long way in making your next gritty event smooth and joyful, and also some individual and unorthodox methods to prepare for event day. Below are a […]

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 […]

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 […]

The 2015 BattleFrog College Championship: 6 Ways the Short Form Race will Change OCR

When BattleFrog Series announced its inaugural college championship race, I immediately wondered if I could enroll at my alma mater as a “non-traditional” student and try out for next year’s event. The Race Format: BattleFrog Series crafted a short-form relay race of 400 meters with 20 obstacles pitted 16 universities with teams of 4 (two […]

OCR Gear Review: The Wreck Bag

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My first experience with the Wreck Bag took place on a cold, rainy day on April 26th, 2015. We met at the base of a steep hill generously slathered in wet, orange clay. It was a BattleFrog event and a sinister amalgam of terrible weather, a knee injury, and monstrous terrain. That’s me taking a […]