Saturday, December 26, 2015

Spartan Sprint L.A.

After the disappointment of the Socal Sprint #2 I recommitted to my training.  Went back to speed work and going to MROC once a week.

The course was 5 miles of hilly trails and 23 obstacles out at Castaic Lake, north of L.A.  The first half was mostly up hill and the second mostly down hill.  The obstacles were definitely backloaded.  I would say 16 were after the halfway point and 8 were in the last half mile.  I ran my best race to date and won my age group, 2nd in the Masters Div, 27th in Elite Men, and 28th over all.  I don't know the final points, but somewhere in the neighborhood of 220.  That's one goal checked off for the year (top three Masters) and a good start on the Spartan 300.

2016 Season Preview

My goals for this season are 1. Make the Spartan 300 2. Place top 3 in Masters Division of a Spartan Race 3.  Run sub 5 min mile 4. Qualify for Spartan World Championships

Races I am scheduled to run:
Oceanside Turkey Trot
Spartan Sprint L.A.
Spartan Sprint SoCal
San Diego Half-Marathon 5K
Spartan Super Las Vegas
Spartan sprint SoCal #2
Spartan Beast Tahoe World Championships

Races I may run
Gladiator Rock n' Run Orange County
Pendleton MudRun

The Year in Review 2015

My racing season runs parallel to the Spartan Points Series.  So, more or less October-September of the following year.

I had several goals this year 1. Score more than 200 pts in a Spartan Elite race 2.  Get my Spartan Elite Trifecta 3. Make the Spartan 300 (top 150 men in the elite points standings) 4. Place top 3 in the Masters Division of a Spartan Elite race 5. Run sub 17 min 5K 6.  Run sub 5 min mile

I would say it was a mixed bag, but overall a let down.
I sprained my ankle 2 weeks before the my first Spartan Race of the season (2014 Malibu) so I started in a hole for the season standings.  I bounced back at the SoCal Beast and Sprint in January, but still failed to get 200+ points.  I reached my first goal of 2016 when I ran 16:56 at the San Diego Half-Marathon 5K, but a week later failed in my pursuit of a sub 5 mile (5:11 Encinitas Mile) .  In April I achieved my second goal and got 203 points at he Las Vegas Super Spartan.  That's when the wheels fell off, I slacked on my training and got sick at the wrong time.  In the end I had a terrible race at the SoCal Sprint #2 and fell about 80 points shy of the Spartan 300.

Here's to a better 2016 season.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

EMG - 10/11/15

The road to L.A. Spartan Sprint begins today, and so did speed work

2 x 800 @ 2:45 2 min recovery
2 x 400   @ 1:23 2 min recovery

5 x 5 weighted pull-ups 15 lbs
5 x 5 weighted dips 40 lbs

Sunday, August 2, 2015

EMG 8/1/15

MROC gym workout

tire flip, 8ft wall, wall traverse, log hop, cargo net, ankle breakers, carries, tire drag.

30 burpees

10 min recovery spear throw practice

1X +
tire flip, 8ft wall, wall traverse, log hop, cargo net, ankle breakers, carries, tire drag.

EMG - 7/30/15

Tabata push-ups, sit-ups, squats

EMG - 7/26/15

Ran the Gladiator Rock'n Run Orange County
wasn't happy with my performance, but I did place 29th overall 26th in men and 8th in the 35-42 age group.

EMG - 7/20/15

4 mile OCR run 32:20

I tapered the rest of the week for a Gladiator Rock'n Run on Sunday

EMG - 7/18/15

Reverse ladder pull-ups, dips, burpees


Sunday, July 19, 2015

EMG - 7/17/15

5 x 180m hill repeats

partial OCR circuit 10 lb weight vest 15 lb dumbbells

Friday, July 17, 2015

EMG - 7/16/15

Elfin' Forest 5.34 mile 1180 ft of elevation 9:46 avg  12 min first mile

reverse ladder pull/chin-ups, dips, burpees
10-1  completed this for only the second time ever, though it was pretty sloppy.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

EMG - 7/14/15

6 mile trail run 850 ft of elevation change 8:03 pace

push-ups 15,15,15,15,10,9,6,6  
sit-ups 15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15

extra set of 15 push-ups

EMG - 7/13/15

4 mile OCR workout 32:40

Sunday, July 12, 2015

EMG - 7/12/15

6 x 180 m hill repeats
5 x 5 pull-ups 15 lb vest 5,5,5,5 10 lb 3

EMG - 7/9/15

4 miles of trails
3 miles at beach

EMG - 7/8/15

Full OCR (TM) circuit 10 lb vest 15 lb dumbells

EMG - 7/7/15

6 mile trail run  850 ft of elevation  8:04 avg pace

push-ups 15,15,15,15,10,10,10,9
sit-ups 15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

EMG - 7/6/2015

4 mile OCR workout
7.01 min moving pace 244 ft elevation gain
1mile - 15 burpees 1:05
1.5 mile - 15 24in box jump :36
2 mile - 15 burpees 1:15
2.5 mile - 10 chin-ups :25
3 mile - 15 burpees 1:15
4 mile - 1/8 mile bucket brigade
              10 pull-ups, 10 toes to bar

Friday, January 23, 2015

SoCal Spartan Sprint #2 preview