Winner of the Spartan Race Giveaway

Jennifer, according to the random number generator: you’re the winner of the free entry to a Spartan Race. Email me. (In a coincidence of the random number generator, her story about her crazy race experience was pretty good too! Go read it in the comments.)

But, if you didn’t win, don’t forget to use the 15% off code for any Spartan Race.

Tomorrow’s the Dipsea Race, so busy getting ready for that — by which I mean I’m about to go to the movies and currently am laying on the couch watching Pineapple Express. In classic fashion, I am well-prepared after my birthday celebration last night, which turned quite epic. It is also a million degrees (or 100) today and my 20′ shakeout run was disgusting. Really hoping that comes down or the med tent is going to be the place to be tomorrow.

WIN a Free Entry to Spartan Race (and Discount Codes)

Spartan Race must be doing some kind of promotional blitz, because along with Annabelle I also have a entry to any Spartan Race to give away to my readers (ie. you) and a code for 15% off for everyone.

A little over a year ago, Maggie and I did a Tough Mudder race in Phoenix, which is the same general idea — run, jump, climb, crawl through mud and ice, revel in your misery — except that in Tough Mudder you also get electro-shocked at the end. There are a lot of reasons Spartan Race and Tough Mudder like to think they’re different (read this whole illuminating article about who stole what obstacle ideas and business plans), but the main difference to me is that you don’t get shocked at the end of the Spartan Race. Which is a selling point.

I don’t really go in for pain for the sake of pain, with no skill or reason involved. It’s like none of these guys who are super into it actually got to the end of Fight Club. News flash: pain just to feel pain DOESN’T END WELL.

Me and Maggie before we got electroshocked and started waking up in the middle of the night being like 'oh man, that was bad.'
Me and Maggie before we got electroshocked and started waking up in the middle of the night being like ‘oh man, that was bad.’

I have not actually done a Spartan Race yet. And, they are (unfortunately) not trying to buy me off and giving me an entry, just the code to give away. So, I can’t tell you if it’s good or bad — though I can tell you if I won the code I would do one of the “Beast” races, like the one in Monterey, and not waste it on one of the “Sprints.” I mean, come on.

I can tell you that when we did Tough Mudder there was an obstacle where you crawled on ice under barbed wire and there were little electro-shock wires hanging down, so you hit them as you crawled, and then every now and then a staff person would spray water over you as you crawled. When we got through, Maggie’s lip was bleeding. I asked what happened and she said, “I think I blacked out a little.”

So, there you go.

To WIN the free entry to any Spartan Race, post a comment below telling me your craziest race story. Any race, any story, any reason it’s crazy. To get in the right spirit of things.

Post a comment telling me about your crazy story by 11:59 p.m. P.T. this Friday, June 7 — at which time I will be celebrating my birthday coincidentally, so we will likely read your stories while at a bar. All entries posted by 11:59 P.T. on June 7 will be entered to win the free entry. I will pick one entry at random (using one of those random number generator things) and notify that person that they won.

Get 15% any Spartan Race by using the code here.

If you do the race, do come back and let us know how it went.

Have you done a Spartan Race? Different than Tough Mudder? Good or bad?

Winner: Injinji Socks

Since none of you guessed that I would drop out of Boston (you all evidently have more faith in me than warranted), I wasn’t totally sure who would be our massive giveaway winner of the Injinji socks.

Injinji socks. Yeah, they look stupid, but inside your socks no one can see.
Injinji socks. Yeah, they look stupid, but inside your shoes no one can see.

But, I think, technically, whoever guessed the slowest time would be closest to not finishing, right? And that would be Bri with her 3:16:30 guess — which is still quite far from how long it would have really taken.

Bri – email me and I’ll send you socks!

Expectations: Guess What I Will Run at Boston (and WIN)

I started out training for Boston around Thanksgiving — officially 20 weeks with Coach Mario — with the goal of 3:07-08. Since I ran the Oakland Marathon in 3:26 on sort of a ‘see what happens’ plan and then followed more or less the same plan, but with like faster paces and harder work, to run the Chicago Marathon in 3:17, I figured training for REAL would make 3:08ish a very solid goal.

Training was good. I killed it a lot, like all of January and February. I ran a 1:27:52 at the Kaiser Half Marathon. I started to think maybe more like a 3:04/05 would be possible.

Then, four weeks ago, I hurt my foot. I had four or five days of doing nothing really (during which I was supposed to get in my only real long runs), then a week of water running and Alter-G, then I got sick, then another few weeks of water running and Alter-Ging and biking and trying to run a couple times. It’s been hit or miss. I’ve gotten some work in, but not as much as planned obviously and almost nothing long, but still more training on the aggregate than my previous marathons.

Tuesday, I got the cortisone shot in my foot. The foot is starting to feel better, but running doesn’t feel so good now. It feels like something lots of people hate to do.

So, how fast am I going to run on Monday at the Boston Marathon? I have no fucking idea.

I’m not sure what kind of expectations to go in with. I’m pretty sure I’m still relatively fit. If my foot doesn’t hurt, I want to think I should be good. But, there’s a pretty decent probability the last six miles will suck. Of course, the last six miles will probably suck whether or not my foot hurts.

Here’s the fun part: Guess what time I will run and win two pairs of injinji socks!

Sports toe socks. My sister would be so excited.
Sports toe socks. My sister would be so excited.

Post your guesses in the comments. Whoever is closest I will send these two pairs (one low and one calf-high) of injinji socks to — the trendy thing right now in socks. [Side note: I was given a few pairs when I was visiting a PR company, unrelated to this blog, just because I am awesome. I’ve worn the ankle-high pair of socks a few times — though obviously I’m not running much right now — and they seem pretty good and comfortable. I mean they’re socks; I have no strong opinion. But, since everyone’s been raving about them lately, I figured I’d giveaway a couple of the unused pairs. Yay, free stuff!]

So, feel free to guess what you think will be most accurate. If you want to guess 3:35:40, I won’t feel bad. Maybe you’ll be more right than I am, though I hope you’re not, I hope you’re WRONG!