I am not a stereotypical long distance runner who loves to brag on social networks. You know the kind of people who run 3 marathons a year and brag it on their Facebook page. There is nothing wrong of running 26.2 miles and publishing your record online. I admire them and they inspire me in many ways, but that is not my style...until today! I have to share with you all by new passion.
I also enjoy taking a hike once a while. It is a great cardio and leg workout. It helps me to lower my blood pressure from my stressful urban living. However, hiking is a little too “low key” to call it a sport. I would like to find a sport that would challenge my physical body, but also allow me to be in tune with the nature.
Well, I guess the quest is over! I’ve found the answer. It is called obstacle course racing (OCR).
Modern OCR is the offspring of the “Adventure Race”. Those races were very popular on TV back to early 2000. Completers had a few weeks to complete the race, which includes running, mountaineering, repelling, kayaking, mountain biking and so on. Those races made a great and exciting TV show. However, most people like me would not be able to participate due to the high cost of equipment and full time training.
A taste of "Adventure Race"
On the other hand, OCR courses are typically between 3 to 12 miles. We don’t need to buy any expensive equipment to complete the run. You may have to buy a good pair of trail running shoes for $100. Trust me; those shoes will last for a few seasons. Plus, participants do not need to be an expert rock climber, mountain biker, and kayaker in OCR. However, you do need to do some cardio and upper body training in order to perform well in OCR (I am going to show you how I train for OCR the next blog). Last but not least, signup fee for OCR is relatively cheap, often publishing many offers on Groupon or Living Social. There are also plenty of runs all over the country.
This is one of the obstricle I conquered
It is so muddy and it is so fun:
Let’s keeping it real, getting stuck in a cubical 40+ hours per week stinks! It is kind of ironic that if you place an animal in a confine environment (such as a small cubical), the humane society may charge you of animal abuse. I believe our inner primitive minds have a desire to be free. You cannot cage the inner beast because it will escape and create havoc. In my opinion, a great OCR could help channel this energy into something positive. Let’s unleash your inner beast and get muddy with thousands of participants. I know it sounds totally bizarre, but this could promote many health benefits, both physically and mentally.
It’s fun to participate any sporting event. the sense of accomplishment and comradery is very rewarding. Feel free to contact us at SageMED if you have any concerns about whether or not you are healthy enough for OCR or similar activities.