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April Arizona Mudathon

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Location:

Mesa,AZ,USA

Member Since:

May 12, 2008

Gender:

Male

Goal Type:

Other

Running Accomplishments:

I started running again in 2007 after 14 years of not running.

Mile - 4:59 (high school 1992), 5:57 (9/21/2010 ARR Open Mile)

2 mile - 11:10 (high school 1992)

5k - 21:54 (11/18/2010 Tempe Road Runners 5k)

10k - 48:29 (5/9/2009 Race for Hospice)

Unofficial 10k - 47:11 (1/27/2011 Red Mountain Park)

1/2 marathon - 1:49:00 (4/4/2009 Havasu Half)

Marathon - 4:33:09 (11/21/2009 Mesquite Marathon)

Short-Term Running Goals:

Run a half marathon in under two hours.

Run a marathon in close to 4 hours.

Long-Term Running Goals:

Stay healthy long enough to live through the millenium.

Personal:

I am married and have six kids. 

Blog title explanation

Bloggers I've met in real life: 1MileToGo, Aaron Kennard, Andrea North, Arizona Desert Monsoon, auntieem, Bec, Ben, Benjamin, Bonnie, Camille, Cari, Collin Anderson, David Holt, DooneEight Kid Mom, Erico, Flatlander, Gary, Jake Krong, JamesW, Jose, Josse, Julieesplin, JunKelli, Kerri, KP, Kyle Dion, Lightitup, Little Bad Legs, Lybi, Marthon Dreamer, M, Mary Ann Schauerhamer, Misty, Nan, Peds Endo Doc, Rachelle, RADRhett, Riley Cook, Rossy, runningafterbabies, Sasha, Scott Hughes, Scott (Kelli's husband), Scott Wesemann, Slow Joe, Spencer Simpson, Stephen, Steve Piccolo, The Rookie, Toby, Tracy, TylerS, Walter

Favorite Blogs:

Miles:This week: 0.00 Month: 35.31 Year: 198.44
Mizuno Wave Inspire 7 Lifetime Miles: 802.53
Asics Gel 3030 Lifetime Miles: 204.85
Saucony Hurricane 13 Lifetime Miles: 149.22
Asics Gel DS Trainer 17 Lifetime Miles: 87.49
Mizuno Wave Inspire 9 Lifetime Miles: 800.59
Brooks Ravenna 4 Lifetime Miles: 88.83
Mizuno X10 Trail Lifetime Miles: 79.95
Mizuno Wave Inspire 10 Lifetime Miles: 495.87
Asics Gel Kayano 21 Lifetime Miles: 2.54
Mizuno Wave Inspire 11 (blue) Lifetime Miles: 116.25
New Balance 1260v5 Lifetime Miles: 9.19
Reebok Floatride Lifetime Miles: 8.23
Total Distance
34.60
Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 29.60
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Total Distance
1.96

Running in my Saucony's still.  They're the only pair of shoes I have unpacked.

Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 1.96
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2.58

I'm saddened by the death of the Ultimate Warrior.  But I'm happy he was inducted into the Hall of Fame this Sunday before he passed.  Grieve with me.
 

Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 2.58
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Total Distance
2.60

Feels like things are coming back together.  Slowly butt Shirley.

Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 2.60
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Total Distance
3.93

I'm slow.

Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 3.93
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Total Distance
2.68

I haven't taken Ginger on any walks or runs since we've moved.  Somewhere in an unpacked box is a leash, a leash that I use to take her on walks.  And runs.  Today I decided to get creative and find something to tether her up with.  I knew of the perfect belt for the job.  Somewhere in an unpacked box is a belt, a belt that I use for holding up my pants, and a belt that is perfect.  So, I found my traveling bag and I used the strap.

I took her behind the house to the East Maricopa Floodway.  I let her run loose until we approached people or other dogs.  A lot of people like to walk their dogs around here.  We ran south.  There is a single trail that runs down the middle of the Floodway.  As we'd approach people, I'd move over and run in the grass.  This meant getting a bunch of cattails in my socks.  We ran down to Main Street, crossed the Floodway, and got on the east maintenance road of the RWCD Main Canal.  That's when Ginger decided to check out the Canal.  She went down the bank and took a few laps of water.  Then she decided to swim a few laps.  The problem was, she was right next to the radial gate and the suction was pulling her toward it.  I got on the catwalk, layed down, reached and grabbed the travel bag strap, and pulled her out.  Then we ran home, but I had to take it easy with her because she was semi-choking.  Probably her collar is too tight.

Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 2.68
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
3.74

I do have to say, people are real friendly in this new neighborhood.  It's hard to hate everyone.

Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 3.74
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2.96

This was a fundraiser run for the mother of the lady that works at the boot camp my wife used to go to.  I ran pretty hard, but it was super slow.

Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 2.96
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Total Distance
2.62

I was going to do more, but decided I would do this today and tomorrow.  Now that I'm typing this, I'm realizing that today is Wednesday.  I should do it Friday, too.  Or maybe just Friday and do 4 tomorrow.  I'm doing a mud run Saturday with one of my daughters and two of my sister's-in-law.

Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 2.62
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3.91

My legs were sore when I started out.  I guess that made me not be able to run by feel and my first mile was a lot faster than my average lately.  That made the rest of my miles slower than average.  Have a wonderful day, bloggers.

Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 3.91
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Race: April Arizona Mudathon (5 Miles) 01:30:00
Total Distance
5.00

There wasn't a whole lot of running going on here, but there was a lot of fun.

My wife's sister, Missy, the blonde one, got 4 free tickets to the Arizona Mudathon, which is held twice a year.  So she invited me, my daughter, Mary, and my wife's other sister, Suzie.  I think there were more people this time.  We got in line for the race about 45 minutes before it started.  It was overcast and a little cold.  We talked to strangers.  We got started in the third wave.  Immediately after they open the corral, there are some tires on the ground that you run through and there are tires hanging from ropes that you have to dodge.  We sprinted to these because once a lot of people get going, the tires really start swinging.  But right after that you have to climb over a stack of tractor tires.  Actually, they probably aren't tractor tires.  Maybe those huge earth movers.  Anyway, Suzie took her earrings off so she wouldn't lose them.  So we ended up being the last people in our group to go over the tire pile.  Then, right after that, there is the first mud pit.  It was about 2 feet deep.  One lady lost her shoe in it.  She ended up finishing the race with only one shoe.

I like this race because it has an abundance of obstacles and mud pits.  After one mile you arrive to the cargo net climb.  The net is draped over a wooden beam about 20 feet high, like a tent.  There was a long line, so we just waited in line.  Some people opted not to do it.  One person cut the line.  That was douchearific, but we didn't pay for the race, so I guess we can't really complain.  So, when it was finally our turn, I let the girls go first.  Nobody had any problems this time.  Except me.  As I was crossing the beam at the top, I got a huge splinter under my nail.  It's still there even as I type this, which makes for a horrible blogging experience.

We kept going, at a snail's pace.  At times I would stop and empty the rocks out of my shoes just to be able to run and catch back up.  And to get the rocks out of my shoes.  There were two 7-foot vertical walls on the course.  We used team work to get everyone over the first time.  I had to boost Suzie up, and then go over to the other side to catch her.  However, the 2nd time I boosted her up and Missy and Mary were supposed to catch her.  I'm not exactly sure what happened, because I was on the other side of the wall, but I'm pretty sure they dropped her.  Anyway, that was it for her and the obstacles.  She finished the 5 miles at least. 

This year I was determined not to let Missy show me up on the monkey bars.  They were pretty slippery when we got there.  I went first and wasn't sure I'd make it because of the slipperiness.  However, I found out that it was just the first three or four that were slippery.  After that, they weren't slippery anymore because everyone had slipped off.  Say slippery one more time, McCumber!  I dare you!  So, I made it.  The trick was in the grunt.  Suzie didn't try.  Mary made it to one.  And then Missy went.  She made it to two.  Haha!  In your face this time, Missy!

There were a few more obstacles and then on to the cargo net/monkey bars.  I could see that nobody was having any luck.  So I got up there and showed them how it was done.  You have to swing your legs up into the net and crawl upside down.  I blew everyone's mind.

Ouch.  It still hurts to type, btw.

A few more obastacles and on to the finish line.  There was supposed to be a mud pit at the finish line.  It was more like quickdry cement.  Holy cow!  What chemical additive did they mix in there to form this peanut butterlike substance?

Now I know what it's like to be in quicksand.  It's not as scary as the movies.  All in all, we had a good time.  Ooh, I forgot to mention that at mile 3 it started to pour.  It made it cold, but even more fun.

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Total Distance
2.62

The whole idea for me quitting my day job and starting my own company was to free up more time for me to do things like run, study scriptures, be a better dad.  So far, it's been an epic failure.  But I wouldn't have it any other way.  2.62 miles (10% of a marathon) today.  I used RunKeeper to track my mileage.  I like her voice.  I'm pretty sure she's Kira Soltanovich.

Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 2.62
Weight: 0.00
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Total Distance
34.60
Saucony Hurricane 13 Miles: 29.60
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