Race Report : Badass Dash

Over the weekend I went with my friend Liz and her fiance Aaron to Zoar for the Badass Dash. I was a little familiar with the race, because the 50K I keep attempting in November is called Bills’ Badass and the group was making fun of the event last year on Facebook. Needless to say there was a small part of me feeling ashamed or embarrassed for going, like I was betraying my friends. However, I more so felt happy and excited because after my experience with Spartan the weekend before, I knew I was in for a great day.

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Badass Dash was SIGNIFICANTLY shorter and more of a “casual” race than Spartan. Where Spartan was about 11 miles long and had over 20 obstacles, Badass was a 7K (a little over 4 miles) and contained 33 obstacles. We barely had a chance to walk and recover before going into the next challenge. Luckily, like I said, they weren’t always overly demanding.

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We began the race and the first thing we did was 10 push-ups. I tried my best to do “real” push-ups even if I couldn’t get much motion. We then zig-zagged up and down the side of a hill for a little bit before reaching “turtle hurdles” which were flags on a rope very close to the ground and easy to simply walk over.

Over the next mile we did other things such as 5 somersaults, climbing hay bales, crawling through very small tubes, high knees through tires and jumping over mud pits. I attempted to go through a mud pit and fell over. The mud turned into a quick-sand and I was quickly engulfed up to my waist and when I fell forward my arms were trapped to my shoulders. I honestly was panicking a little and couldn’t breath for a moment. Aaron came back to get me after Liz and I had our laughs and one of the volunteers radioed about getting a rope for the the vehicle to pull me out. Yikes!

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The next section had a lot of nets. We army crawled under a net, and there was a different one where you laid on your back and shimmy up a hill. I was about 1/3 of the way up (using JUST my arms to pull my weight) when I looked around and realized people were using their feet by placing them in the cargo net and pushing up. Much suck is my life at times. Ha. PS…some pics aren’t me and my friends, I simply “borrowed” them from the Facebook page.

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I don’t recall the order of everything else so let me just share the obstacles I remember.

Running up and and down a HUGE pile of gravel. Childhood dream achieved and ruined. Haha MUCH harder than you might think. We carried sandbags. We did monkeybars and pull-ups. Again I was proud to simply hold myself up instead of collapsing instantly. We “walked” across plastic floating squares on water (we crawled). We climbed a wall (I got 2/3 up this time). We did a potato sack race. We rolled a tire up and down the road. We climbed a cargo net up and over a semi-trailer. We ran up and down a HUGE HUGE hill about 10 times which took out my calves. We climbed under more nets and “wire”. We walked across a field of rocks. We used a rope to scale a different wall, which I failed at (oh well). We climbed wooden pallets up and and over to the other side and back down. We went down a GIANT slip-n-slide down one of the hills, which I was soooo scared because it went MUCH faster than I expected. Note more pictures of people who aren’t me or my friends. ( ;

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There were also ropes in the woods called “spider webs” we crawled through. Then later on another set like that but with water called a “human car wash”. One of the best parts was an inflatable area where we went through holes and over walls. Aaron to the rescue again, pushing us over the wall. OH and a whole section of hurdles, waist high hurdles I could barely walk over. NEED to work on my tight hips!

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Not sure if that is all 33, but you get the idea. The weather was AMAZING and it was just a blast the entire time. I highly recommend the event if you’re local and looking for a good workout/race.

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And I really wanna share this last picture, because I think I look skinny. Haha we were doing random outtakes and on the way back to the car there was a really pretty tree. I said “this looked like a senior picture tree” so Liz had me pose and I picked a “classic” senior pic stance.

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Semi-Wordless Wednesday: 10 Benefits to Walking

As many of you know I have accepted my fate as a hiker/walker for my two main events next month. Due to many situations beyond my control and some within it, I will not be anywhere near ready for A-Game performance. That’s OK though, because walking is such good exercise too and I don’t think it’s often given the credit it deserves! So when I was sent this graphic…original source http://www.worldwalks.com/blog/article/10-reasons-to-get-out-and-walk-right-now I knew I needed to share it. Plus, how stinkin’ cute is it anyway?!?!

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Medication Monday. Update #1

Don’t worry, I don’t plan to make every Monday be about me and the meds. However, I have had people asking, so I thought for at least the first few weeks I would check in and share my experiences.

For the first week I took 5mg of the Lexpro each morning around 800. This was easiest for me because I would simply take it when I arrived at work. It also helped me to start my day off hydrated since I would drink about 12-16 oz of water with the pill and to be honest, I sometimes would forget to drink water (or anything) in the morning. Another reason I liked smoothies for breakfast.

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The first few days I noticed varying degrees of dry mouth and on-again off-again stomach issues. A general sense of “I’m gonna be sick” has completely passed, along with the initial heart burn I talked about last week. I’m still having some loose stool issues, but nothing as bad as the first few days. I’m curious to see what will change when I go up to the full 10mg this week.

My biggest ongoing side effect is the impact of sleep. I don’t ever feel tired per se, but I have trouble falling asleep and trouble staying asleep. I wake up and feel as if I didn’t sleep at all, but I’m not tired. It’s weird and unpleasant, but not terrible. IF this gets worse with the increase, I will need a different medication for sure. Insomnia is not a friend of mine.

As far as the “good” aspects? They are certainly there and I am very pleased. The first week went better than I could have imagined or hoped. One of the things my doctor mentioned was the idea of someone saying “I feel good, but I think I could feel better” which is how people get upped form 10 to 20mg sometimes. I started feeling that way by Fri/Sat and certainly going into Sunday. I feel MUCH better than I did, but I think there’s the possibility to get up to an even better place.

I am not nearly as emotional as I’ve been last last…forever and a day. I still have happy reactions and I still have sad reactions, but I don’t get stuck on a loop with the bad and dig myself into the worst possible scenario. I have been able to stay calm and rational with people and things, something I lost a long time ago. My energy is better and my social anxiety is better so I have been able to eat properly, work out properly, and talk to people normally too. Also, my house is in order. The biggest change I noticed was waking up and cleaning up the kitchen and living room. Which leads to more good feelings, because I don’t dread having to do it and I don’t feel sloppy seeing it every time I walk around the place.

Here’s my greatest example of how things are improving. Saturday I woke up and didn’t have any real plans. Normally this would make me sad and feel rejected, instead I was happy to be able to make my own plans. I saw friends were out and about without me and I missed the friendship we used to have, but I also was comforted by the thoughts of the friends I do have now. I wanted to enjoy the weather, and it took be all day to convince myself to go walking. Normally I wouldn’t have gone out at all and IF I managed to go out it would have been for a very slow not even 1 mile walk. Instead yesterday I took Emme out and we power walked for an hour and almost 4 miles. So hopefully that shows you what I mean by “I feel good, but I could feel better”.

And to end on a high note….one thing the depression took away from me was my love of cooking. I would skip meals or eat out ALL THE TIME on the weekend, because I didn’t have the energy to deal with even opening a can of soup. On Sunday I woke up and wanted breakfast before going hiking…and so….I made breakfast.

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In the oddest way, this terrible cell phone picture of eggs and hasbrowns is the best way to summarize my first week of medication and self-improvement.

Remember I am not a doctor and I am not giving any medical advice, I am simply sharing my own experiences.