Sunday, July 31, 2011

Race Recap: Warrior Dash Kansas City

I want to preface this recap with one thing: I am a runner, I am a Kansas Citian.  I run local and support local.  Warrior Dash is not a local race and it supports nothing, so it kind of put a bad taste in my mouth as far as a capital-money-maker race, ahem $50 entry fee.



ANYWAY, Warrior Dash is kind of one those bucket list races.  You gotta do it, or one similar to it at least once.  Last night, it was my turn.  Along with Isaac and Bob, we tackled the 3.1 miles of trails and obstacles to become survivors or warriors, I guess.




Our wave was at 5PM, the whole day had been shaded by cloud cover and barely 80 degrees.  The morning waves were blessed with showers of rain.  Our heat, was literally a heat.  By 5PM, the sun was out in full fervor and the heat index over a 100 degrees.  Perfecto!  



My team arrived in the parking lot, begrudgingly paid the $10 to let our cars sit in a vacant lot of three hours and the lined up for the shuttle.  The school bus shuttles had been absolutely destroyed by previous dashers, the seats were filled with muddle butt prints, some fresh and some dried.  Unfortunate for our spectators, they too had to suffer the mud-butt.



I will give the dash this: Incredible organization.  It's not often that a race of this many entrants can do a same day packet pick up, gear check, etc so smoothly.  Everything was marked, organized and thoroughly coordinated.  

The corral for the start was an uphill battle, and by that I mean it was actually uphill and every seemed to be preparing for battle.  Everyone was so pumped, maybe it was my mood but I wasn't in to the hype.  We stood in the corral for like 20 minutes waiting for the fire/blow horn to go off.  While waiting I watched some girl make an absolute fool of herself attempting to dance to Usher.


By the time our wave was up, I was totally heat exhausted and kinda already feeling like it was vomit o'clock. We took off anyway. This is an appropriate time to mention that the last time I ran a race without any music was...never.  It's awkward as heck.  The first mile was silent, everyone heavily panting and trodding.  Weird.

In all honesty, I was slightly disappointed in the obstacles Kansas City was given:

1) Barricade Break Down: up and under some barricades
2) Teetering Traverse: Balance up and down narrow boards

3) A Balance Beam: Climb up a ladder, walk across a beam with monkey bars atop

4) Tire Field: Maneuver through a field of tires
5) Dead Man's Drop: Climb up a wall, flip over the other side and baseball slide down a wall
6) Tiny Wall with a rope: Climb out of a river and up a wall with a rope, obviously
7) Chaotic Cross Over: Go up a ladder, and cross laterally a bed of ropes
8) Hay Fever: Climb a 30 foot thing of hay


9) Cargo Climb: Climb a pyramid of cargo nets
10) Warrior Roast: Literally jump fire

11) Muddy Mayhem: crawl under barbed wire through thick soupy mud


So no huge wall to climb, or cars to jump.  Approaching the race, I was a little sad but during the race I changed my mind.  The trails were challenging enough to walk because of swamped out mud, but coupled with the head I was cooked.


We all finished in under an hour, an attempted to wash off in the same time.

All in all, I had a really good time with my friends. I am also really proud of what they were able to accomplish since December when we decided to do this.  It was an incredibly fun and challenging course.  If I can get over the fact that is it a money-making-monster, I may do it again.  

HAVE YOU EVER DONE THE WARRIOR DASH OR A MUD RUN SIMILAR?
WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE LIKE?
WILL YOU EVER DO IT AGAIN, AND IF YOU HAVEN'T DONE ONE DO YOU WANT TO?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Monday, July 25, 2011

Weekend Rewind!

Midnight: Type out blog post, forget to post it.

11:00: Begrudginly head home, did not want to leave but forced myself due to my tiredness

8:00:  Head over to Rebecca and Isaac's for pizza, and movies.  Eat too much pizza drenched in ranch.


6:00: Play volleybal with friends and family in the scorching heat.

4:30: Run trails at Shawnee Mission Park with Goliath and seester Emily. Get kind of looped around on the trials, garmin is not function not sure of distance or splits. Really fun and slightly dangerous work out.  Incredibly hot and humid.



3:00 PM: Get off Work

SUNDAY

Midnight: Make my way into bed.

6:30: Mosy over to our friends Nathan and Kristina's, scarf down giant spicy burgers.  Construct giant 30 foot slip-b-slide in their backyard.  Fly at top speed down hill, get incredible cuts and bruises, but have a hilarious time.



4:30: Wake up from epicnaptime

2:00: Start epicnaptime

11:00: Watch the Adjustment Burea with Logan

10:20: Head down to KU Med Center to do functional tests to start a Barefoot Running Clinical trial with the Orthopedic department

9:30 AM: Wake up!

SATURDAY

10:00 PM: Pass out after 16 hour work day

9:30: Get off work

8:00: Pass the time at work with animal foods

FRIDAY

Friday, July 22, 2011

Video Viernes: 5 Worst Candies Evarrrr


I changed the streaming quality so maybe some of you should have better luck with this one!

WHAT CANDY DO YOU HATE??
DO YOU LIKE ANY OF THE CANDY IN THE VIDEO??
FRIDAY ROCKS BECAUSE


EDIT:  WHEN I AM RANTING FOR LIKE 800 MINUTES ABOUT BABY RUTHS' I IN FACT MEAN, PAY DAY.
EVEN THOUGH, BABY RUTHS DO LOOK LIKE TURDS



Thursday, July 21, 2011

Hey youz

Since I am slowly rollin' out the layout and updating the blog pages, I am finally on my link page:

DO YOU WANT YOUR BLOG INCLUDED ON MY BLOG ROLL?

Please comment with your linkie por favor.

This also ensures that I will follow you now too, in case I already don't, but unless your blog is written at like a 6th grade reading level I might not understand it...but I can't still pretend.

Sneakers, Sweat and Milkbones


All You Have Left

Yesterday, I just really needed a day. 

Irrelevant to this post...but it was my lunch yesterday and it pretty?

It has honestly been a really long two weeks, and yesterday I reached a point where I kinda just shut down.

Attitude is really everything though.  

In the past two weeks I have: turned in six papers (yay for accelerated classes, right?), went without power for three days, thrown away hundreds of dollars worth of food, destroyed my cell phone, broke a window, struggled with unemployment woes, juggled a huge work load at work, sat in Municipal Court for three hours, worked mandated overtime, ruptured my ear drum, had a puking dog, had my annual review at work and many others.

But yesterday at 2:00 PM it all melted away.

Why? 

Answer: The Ice Cream truck.


Yeah that's right the ice cream truck showed up at work.  My work is the boss, and got all our employees ice crizzeam!! Remind me to NEVER use the word crizzeam again, it sounds gross.

Attitude is really everything.

With the right attitude and ice cream, I can handle anything.

By the way, the right ice cream is a frozen Snickers bar.


Yesterday, I just really needed a day.

Tomorrow, I start working on me again...

HOW DOES YOUR ATTITUDE ALTER YOUR DIET AND EXERCISE ROUTINES?
WHAT DO YOU GET FROM AN ICE CREAM TRUCK?
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR TOMORROW?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Extra Bright, Baby

So if me updating at nearly midnight every night is not indicative of how busy I truly am, I don't know what else is...for serious.

Whatevers, I am dedicated to the TBB and you TBBians out there who read this novel of nonsense.

So my friend Issac recently sez to me:
"Julia, you  make these faces that in person just make no sense they are so weird and then when I see the picture, they make sense and they are hilarious."

Exhibit A:

Exhibit B:

Exhibit C:


Ok, Isaac. Touche.

WHAT'S YOUR GO TO PHOTO-OP POSE?
WHAT TIME IS YOUR BED TIME?
ARE YOU READY FOR A BLOG GIVEAWAY?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Everyday I'm Shuffling

I NEED to talk to you about something important....

Are you listening?

It's about something that could and will change your life.

It's called: DOING LIFE.


Ok, cheesy introductions aside.  Last week, I met up with a bunch of local Kansas Citians and the Do Life Tour to run a 5k around the giant phallic symbol that is the Liberty Memorial. 

How is that NOT a penis? Seriously. Come on.


Now, if you are familiar with the Do Life Tour and Movement please go to paragraph B, if not please read paragraph A.   (look I even color coded it for you)


Paragraph A: The Do Life Movement was started by Ben at BenDoesLife.com.  The name kind of explains it self right?  You're not dumb right?  It's about getting off your butt, and doing life.  Ben's story is beyond the description of inspiring, he's lost something like 120 lbs.  He's using his energy, and charisma to motivate others throughout  the grand ol'e US of A to get up, get out there and get ta doin'


This is their mission statement: 
Do Life is the idea that life doesn't have to be ordinary or inconsequential.  The idea that, through running, racing, and doing these things together, we can find and spread happiness.

what up creeper tongue


Paragraph B: High five you know what Do Life is all about!



Go GIRL Go!


Anyway, Goliath and I ventured down to Liberty Memorial last Wednesday for the grassroots 5k and we met really sweet peeps like MalayaPaul and a Mom-Son racing team! Since it was a bloggin' event there were lots of photos taken, lots of words spoken and advice shared.



All in all is was an incredibly inspiring event to be a part of, and I hope the rest of Ben's tour goes off without a hitch!!  It's not often someone has an opportunity to touch so many people's lives.

To read more about Ben and the Do Life Movement please check out their website or like them on facebook, and DEFINITELY hit them up when they are in your area!



HOW DO YOU "DO LIFE"?
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU PICKED ACTIVITY OVER BEING LAZY?
WHO INSPIRES YOU TO DO MORE?

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Weekend Rewind!

11:38 PM: Update the blog! (from an ipad!! I am sooo getting one.)

9:00: Visit Yogurtime with Marysol and Rebecca to celebrate National Ice cream day...irony??

8:00: Friends come over, eat and drink

7:00: Go into full on food coma, take a nap

6:00: Hit up sushi miso with Logan, devour amazing rolls with my love







5:00: Grocery shop and stop in at Petsmart

3:00:  Go into work

1:00: Take another epic nap

NOON: Wake up from epicnaptime drive to chipotle, order two bols one with just lettuce. Pour contents of both bols into a 4 quart mixing bowl. Eat.





11:00: Epicnaptime

10:00: LOGAN ARRIVES AT HOME: Most people would greet their significant others after a long absence all clean, and cute...not me I was sweaty and disgusting.

8:45: Visit the dog park with Goliath, meet Danee and Stormy there.





6:00: Run 10 Milesn....that's right friends, double digits!! So hottttt....soo humid!



4:30AM: Ugh, wake up!

SUNDAY

11:30PM: Pass out.

10:00: Drive back from Weston, MO

9:30: Engulf my food from sonic



8:00: Run Weston Bend Park, in Weston,MO. Incredibly gorgeous trail, ridiculous elevation and overgrown vegetation. I can't even describe how amazing this run was. I must go back. Ran it with my fitness friends: SwellMary, Bob, Rebecca and Isaac.








6:30: head to Weston, MO

5:00: Pick up frozen yogurt...yes, by myself. Thanks Yogurtime for not judging me.

9:00: Go into work

8:00AM: Wake up, yawn

SATURDAY

11:00PM: Fall asleeeeeeeeeep!

10:00: Skype and photos with my family!





8:00: Test out yogurtini in KCMO with my mom, make fun of hilarious of stools. I give this place a semi-seal of approval.


7:00: Test out taco factory in KCMO with my mom and sister, this place gets my seal of approval.



6:00: get off work

FRIDAY