Took part in the Fall Frolic 5k today (a fundraising event for the public elementary schools in town), and used it as a training run. I was a little slow, about a minute off my usual time, but I had strong negative splits and ended up finishing 57th out of 400+ runners. I have some work to do, and another 5k next Saturday!!!
The Vancouver @spartan sprint was an epic race!😀 after a one hour delay, they finally let us charge up the mountain into the fog and rain. After running up a stream that was once a gravel road, and down a rugged trail that had now become a river, I had a strong lead going into the gauntlet of obstacles. About halfway through the race I missed my spear throw😬, and tried to cruise through my 30 burpee penalty before @stryde.performance could catch me. I heard his footsteps coming down the gravel path before I could see him, and watched him stick his spear throw and disappear into the fog. My heart felt like it was going to explode when I got up to try and run him down, but I just kept telling myself that I didn’t drive to Canada 🇨🇦 and sleep in the back of my car to get second.😜 I caught him at the bucket carry, and we raced together for the mid section of the course. Going into the barbed wire crawl I had the lead, until my shoe lace got tangled in the wire. I struggled to break loose for what felt like an eternity, until Josh came by and ripped my shoe free with some powerful Canadian kindness😆. The last half of the race was mostly carries and heavy stuff, and I was able to pull away and secure the win!
It was great to share the podium with some truly kind spartan athletes! Thanks to @spartanracecanada for an awesome event, and to @morgan.elisabeth for supporting me at every race!
“Fuck this... I feel like dying”
That’s as close to what I think was telling myself at that point in the race. I wanted to quit right then and there. I made a mistake...
Race got delayed 1 day because a super typhoon was hitting the Philippines. We had an extra day in the mall having fun.. and in the fitness store, I grabbed heavy dumbbells and did a bunch of power curls for “fun”. I’d been resting all week before the race, and now next... I had massive case of DOMS on the biceps.
I did the Twister. Finished it proud. Moments later: massive stinging pain. “Keep going Jay!.. it will pass” - @neilateem
It kept hurting. And now was the rope climb. Had to go up I think about 20 feet and fact is, I don’t know how to use my legs to do it. So I try. I jump up, grab the rope and take 2 strides. I’m halfway up. The pain is unbearable. Friends all shout “just keep going! Your halfway there”
I have this negative self talk that tells me that I’m someone who doesn’t finish what he starts. And here was another opportunity to prove myself right.
I got mad. I don’t want this to be who I am. I used every ounce I had to keep going up. Ring that fucking bell at the top, and slowly come back down.
This shot is from right after that moment. I was crying. It was so painful. And then we started running again.
Breathe. Remember what Neil said.
“Keep going Jay.. it will pass”
And it did. I was inspired now. If I could do that rope climb, I can do the rest. No excuses.
I’m so grateful for the friends who see what your capable of, and to have crossed that finish line. I mentioned last post how “easy” it was. The struggle was real in the moment. And the glory at the end was earned.
This time next weekend I will be taking on the #toughmudder course in London South! This was where I did my first ever Tough Mudder last year so it will be great to return! Plus running with the team from @eattrek always makes the day super! I will be there both days! Can’t wait
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What days are you running?
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You like your life to be Easy? Have a health goal? Sign up to a Spartan Race. Let me explain… I signed up to Spartan Beast Running a 23km+ with 30+ obstacles, in the forest of the Philippines. I had 5 weeks to prepare. I’m used to training once a week for 15 minutes. It was hard to motivate myself to do more. … but now, it seems like my life depended on it! For the last 5 weeks, we trained. 5 times a week. Wake up at 6am. Go do uphill sprints. Go run that trail. Go lift those weights. Go do that Crossfit session. Go go go. And every time the voice in my head would say “you don’t need to today” “Hit the snooze button” “just take it easy” ...another voice was louder. “Bro, if you don’t train, you’ll die on that race!” I found it hilarious how I didn’t need motivation or willpower to reach my health and fitness goals from Lifebook. There were no decisions to make. Do the race was the one thing that I decided. Everything else was so… easy! We did the Race last week. Me, @neilateem @rafatheoutcast @ezekielvicente @jamieguardino – It was so much fun.
Now I’m hooked. Next Race: Malaysia, December 1st. Your Survival Instinct is stronger then your comfort zone. 🤣 I dare you to sign up to one too ;-) .
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Fun with an empty paper towel roll thing..dont mind the hat 🤷♂️
Oh and he wasn’t throwing a tantrum, I was teasing him for about 5 mins w it and he was getting irritated all bc he wanted to call me a stinker 😂
My 6 year old and I are playing and Declan thinks he’s too cool to play w his old man and little brother..the 12 year old thinks he’s SOOOOO mature 🙄
The helmet is bc...why not?