Monday, September 20, 2010

the jailbreak dash!


on sunday we did the jailbreak dash in roanoke, tx...... it was our first adventure obstacle course race.

what is the official term for that anyways?? "mud run" is sort of a brand name race. their is the mud run in dfw nov. 5-6. "adventure race" is more of the endurance racing with mountain biking, hiking, canoes, etc. so, these 5 k obstacle course races are ........... mini adventure races? obstacle course races? mud runs? let me know. i'd like to stay p.c. for now, i will call it a mud run (not the mud run, but a mud run).


anyways................ it was 3.8 mi. (isn't a regular 5 k = 3.1 mi??) we have not done a mud run before. we sort of knew what to expect, but not really. we didn't train for it. so, we just hoped for the best. we ran sunday afternoon. it was hot. :P

we had!!! really, it was such a blast! vibram boy and i stuck together. a lot of the obstacles were wading through mud puddles and ponds. lots of mud. a lot of running between obstacles. we did really good...... well, for us. we are not runners (and, as mentioned, did not train). we only took minimal running breaks..... like 1-2 min walking, maybe 3 times. we did have to slow down through some obstacles...............

let's see.............. best obstacle was a water slide, followed by a 50-100 meter river trek, then, a tire wall climb out of the river banks. that was awesome. ........ one of my best moments was jumping to the top of a huge tractor tire wheel! woot! couldn't believe i made it!!!

i think there were about 14 obstacles. i wish there had been 40!!! at the end was the classic belly crawl under barbed wire.........inevetible muddy mess!!!

you know, these crazy races, people sort of dress in costume. the jailbreak theme was pretty fun....... lots of black and white striped shirts "old prison" style, orange scrubs ..... a more contemporary "prison uniform." i wish i thought of these things ahead of time. i suppose with experience, i will also be able to plan "costumes." even the race volunteers kept up the theme..... there were random sirens and paint guns being fired (not at anyone, just to make noise). pretty funny.

all we did was wear matching tshirts. kinda cute, though, right?


we ran in our vibrams.......both of us wore kso's. did great! i did end up with a big fat blister on my toe. blergh. i've been researching how to prevent that from happening again. i still think regular tennis shoes would have been worse. i don't know how they stayed on their feet. sticky mud!!



we are doing another mud run in austin in november! warrior dash!!! there are a lot of these races around. woot! in fact, there are 3 others i can't make because of conflicting weekends. dang it.

it will be fun to see how well we do with a little more training and a little more experience!!

on a side note......... i haven't posted any weigh-in wednesdays, because i'm still stalled at 158#............... however, my clothes seem to be fitting even better now compared to a few weeks ago!!! add a little training and a little yoga........ nice. noticeable different!! pants i haven't worn in over 5 years!!! i am looking to see if i can find some pics to compare.........

we followed our jailbreak adventure with an afternoon in grapevine at the grapefest!!! lovely.

what beats a day of mud and wine??

happy monday!!
vibram girl.

vibram girl

Monday, September 13, 2010

oh it's been so long

and i have so much to tell you................

i'll work backwards........... vibram boy (v.b.) and i signed up for primal con 2011. it's april 15-17 in southern cali! woot! we are totally pumped about this.............. we haven't been before, but we are sure it's going to be great.

anybody out there with words of wisdom to share?

next, we committed to the primal challenge on mark's daily apple that started last week. we have been primal about 6 months, but this offers the opportunity for some accountability and challenging. :) but, like my blogging, i have not posted nearly as often as i had intended.

primal 30 day challenge
i live in my own land of dream and whimsy and picture myself posting everyday witty, encouraging posts....... here, on my own blog, and on mark's daily apple, and else where....... sharing my own meals and workouts and encouragement and success stories........... but life gets in the way, and it's hard to find time. and i'm not really that witty in person. and i don't have much of a success story........yet.

but, alas, i'm trying. and change has begun!!! inside and outside.

so, back to blogging...........

and, i did a lovely yoga retreat weekend!! 2 hours of baptiste (hot vinyasa flow) friday night. a 90 min bicycle ride saturday morning. another 2 hour baptiste session. lunch. then, a 2 hour yin yoga (deep stretch).

yoga retreat

electra bicycle and yoga friends.

it was so lovely. quaint little downtown about 30 min from home in an old 100 year old building's loft space. friday night was a candlelight class!! the bike ride was through the town park and lake. the whole retreat was so nice.

then, as a side note, we had a downtown open house. we had so much fun. saw lots of people we knew. had dinner with wonderful people. and........ i won a 2 night stay at a bed and breakfast. woot!

i played in a pool sunday afternoon.

and, we worked out this morning. v.b. got the garage all fixed up for our workout area. nice!

today we did:
5 kettlebell snatches
5 kettlebell swings
10 burpees
...... 5 rounds. for time.

workout of the day. mon. 13 sept.

fun!! so, there we are. first garage workout........... 6am. first real work out in a. lloonnggggg. time.


6am. first workout.

not a flattering pic....... remember 6am. no makeup. bad posture. feeling very vulnerable.....

i also did yoga tonight, although that wasn't really on our plan. we do plan to do yoga tuesdays and thursdays. sprints on fridays and heavy lifting on saturdays. tentative plan of course. :) but, it feels good to have a schedule.

and, last but not least, i wanted to share that we also signed up for some of those mud run obstacle course races. our first one is this sunday. 5k. mud. obstacles. the jailbreak run. i'm nervous, but i know it will be fun. we are also doing the warrior dash in november!!! ohmigosh..............what have i gotten myself into!?!?!

Warrior Dash 2010 - Low Crawl - Women & Mud

i'd love to hear from you..........have you been to primal con? are you doing the primal challenge? have you done mud runs before??

happy monday!!!!
vibram girl.

go out for adventure