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Fight for Air Climb Event – At the Almighty Rhodes Tower By: Jenn

I passed by a stack of brochures just a couple of months ago with a large hovering tower on the cover and a vibrant red word jumping out at me, CLIMB

Without a second thought I picked up the tri-fold pamphlet, eagerly wondering if this is what I imagined… climb the largest building in Columbus, Ohio. Yes, yes I would certainly LOVE to! That’s right, I’m going vertical!

The Fight For Air Climb works in cahoots with the American Lung Association. A fundraising event dedicated to end lung disease by physically challenging your very own lungs.  The climb fights for those diagnosed with lung disease ( smokers and non-smokers) those with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and both infants and adults affected with Asthma.

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This event especially hit close to home for me since it has been almost one year to date since my mom has quit smoking. I remember telling her that I was at a point where she had 2 options regarding our relationship. Either she quit smoking or I quit speaking to her. Now believe me this would be no easy task! I love, admire and adore my mother. Which is why it was so very important for me to insure that I take every action I can to keep her around for as long as possible!

March 2013, also the month of my Birthday, she quit! I am so proud of her efforts and impressed with her results! So when this event came along, I immediately thought to myself this can be my thank you! When I told my mom that I would be participating, she wanted to be a part of it too! She volunteered for the event (even more proof on how very awesome my mom is)!

Here we are after the climb!

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My mom was a climb cheerleader. They had lots of them every few flights, there were cheerleaders encouraging you, playing music, passing out water and letting you know how far along you were in the climb. This was helpful for those of us in the zone!

A few floors past my mom I even ran into a friend that I used to work with. It was great seeing him and I stopped for a quick picture.

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I wasn’t aware of how hard stair climbing really is. I practiced a little with the climbing machine at the gym. The stair climber however, is no comparison to the real deal! When climbing stairs you reach your anaerobic threshold within seconds. Your heart rate is working at it’s maximum and it gets there quick. I planned on going into the race giving it my all, I did… and it hurt. I was surprised at the instantaneous sting that arose from my burning lungs.

Stair climbing is becoming a popular activity, I noticed my Runners World magazine just released an article about it as well here: http://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/why-stair-climbing-is-good-for-runners

This event totally made me appreciate stair climbing and I can’t wait for this horrendous Ohio Winter, (and not so great start to Spring) to let up a little so I can get outdoors for some serious stair climbing! Let me mention I am NOT a fan of cold weather!!!

Learning how climbing helps runners endurance was an added perk. My next goal is to teach my body how to run at a greater endurance level (without feeling like I’m going to die).

At the end of the event fire fighters even went through in full gear including their oxygen tanks and ran the stairs. Wow! Mom and I made sure to stick around and cheer for them when they were through.

My stats for the event were not as great as I imagined, but that just gives me a reason to do it again next year. I finished in 68th place out of 197 participants (firefighters not included). I was the 14th female to finish (proud of that one). I climbed 40 flights or 880 stairs in 9 minutes and 15 seconds. Most importantly however is that I participated and personally raised $150 for a very important charity that will hopefully never effect my family nor friends!

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For more info on The Fight For The Air Climb click here: http://www.lung.org/pledge-events/oh/columbus-climb-fy14/

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What’s Black & Blue and Cold All Over?… I am, after the Survival Race

Obstacle courses are scattered all over my Facebook and twitter portals now-a-days. They differ in event type, fund raiser or charity and don’t forget good old fashion sportsmanship and competition. Last year Matt and I decided to compete in the 1st Annual Survival Race, a 5k obstacle course. It was fun and we did well! It was about 40 degrees in 2013 and just plain cold, the ground was hard and no amount of hopping aka dynamic stretching warmed you up. When it was all said and done though we had a blast and were both proud of our performance.

DSC01236So of course the second I found out race registration had begun for this year I immediately signed up! What I like about The Survival Race is that with your entrance fee you receive admission to The Arnold Classic Event at the Convention Center that weekend. You also get a kick ass race shirt, P.S. don’t even try to be cool and act like you don’t LOVE a good race shirt, even if the only people who ever see it is you, your dog and the self checkout attendant at the grocery store. The race also gives you something to train for during the gloomy months succeeding the worn off Christmas cheer. If it wasn’t for the fear of getting my butt handed to me during the obstacle course I may have been totally content creating the ultimate Netflix hibernation list while dwindling down my collection of left over stocking stuffer candy. It doesn’t hurt that both last year and this year Matt and I both had Arnold Schwarzenegger just feet (this year inches) away from us. It’s especially awesome because he bears a pretty similar resemblance to our dad who doesn’t live nearby and we don’t see often. This year Arnold introduced our race wave so we got to high five him as we passed the staring line, no lie, it was COOL!

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I jumped in to video record Arnold via my cell phone right before the race and Matt got a nice close up with him directly behind us. Matt’s showing off his I’ll Be Back, face!

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This course was demanding to say the least, the obstacles were tougher than last year, and it was considerably colder. The temperature read 28 degrees for our race time, Arnold was running late and the crowd was substantially larger. But eventually the horn blew and we were off! The best part of the race was the start where we got to run through Columbus Crew Soccer Stadium. It was beyond a moment of awe to have little ole you running through a huge empty stadium (insert Rocky music and roar). When we arrived at the beginning of the actual obstacles there was quite a bit of crowding. You just can’t go any faster than the swarm of people waiting for their chance to crawl through a tube. Lesson learned, next year pick a wave time that doesn’t start with a famous person doling out high fives. Speaking of tubes there were plenty of them, tubes to jump over of all sizes, one obstacle involved a large hurdle neither Matt nor myself could clear. The ego bruise didn’t sting as badly since we didn’t witness any other fellow racers defeat the beast. the hurdle

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Obstacles also consisted of cargo nets, sand bag carrying, rope climbing,  rope swinging, rock wall climbing and let me also mention the ice pond that became an obstacle to slide across, thanks to the collaboration of Mother Nature and the Midwest.

To be honest, I was a bit of a nervous wreck before the race, I was sweaty yet freezing, my heart rapidly thumping, adrenalin was free flowing and every single sensory nerve was heightened like little static-y arm hairs. I have a fear that I will fail or that I will get hurt. I know I will give it my all but will that be enough?

After the race was over and every fearling subsided I really had a chance to realize how amazing of an experience I had. I thought to myself, let me ask others what they did that Saturday March 1st. Many wouldn’t say they conquered an obstacle course in below freezing temperatures and did it well, I can say I did that! The Survival Race was a great event, well managed and all around motivating. If you can bear the temperatures I would highly recommend doing it, you just need some mind over frozen matter. I can’t wait to give it my all again next year. I mean think about it, even if it is just an obstacle course… it’s no longer an obstacle for me.

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For more info on The Survival Race and where it’s held click below!
http://thesurvivalrace.com/

Do you have any obstacle courses you love, please share with us!

Spiginner – Entering the realm of spinning – By: Jenn

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Not often, but every once in a while Matt and I share the same day off, and if neither of us have any particular obligations, (also a rarity) we see if we can do something together, workout, go to lunch, etc. Matt has been talking a lot recently about going to the gym after work and biking. So I enthusiastically made a small, yet ambitious plea for a buddy to go to a spinning class with. I have been to a spinning a total of 4 times over the past 6 months and have LOVED it! I thought it would be a gratifying challenge for Matt. Plus it’s always fun to have someone around for workout classes that you can chat with after about how it rocked and share sore muscle stories the next day. They do not offer spinning at my gym, but a gym close by does so the plan was made, meet tomorrow at noon.

Cutting it extra close to start time, we arrive at Columbus Sports Connection for our class. They offer day passes where you can take a class and/or use the facility for $10, a fee I feel is totally fair to get nice and sweaty in a really clean, well organized, professional environment. I really like this gym a lot, and their white glove tested cleanliness makes this facility most likely the next location I will be purchasing a membership from when my current contract runs out. Check it out here: http://www.columbussportsconnection.com/index.shtml

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The spinning class takes place in a dark room lit by black lights, it’s cool, but not cold and full of determined faces. Everyones legs are moving in a freestyle form awaiting the instructors arrival. I make sure the bike is at the appropriate height for me from the knowledge instilled during my first spin class, I pass the same info off to Matt and seconds later we are about to begin.

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Lights low, music up and go! The vibe is good, everyone is anticipating the workout. The class ranges in age from young 20’s to late 50’s. Some riders have clip in cycling shoes, some are rocking Nike’s that when the black light hits, the swoosh turns the sweetest neon pinkish/orange EVER… ahem… We start our warm up by getting comfortable and figuring out our resistance via large red knob in the center of the bike, this circle of pain (exaggeration queen) can take you anywhere from a nice bike ride in a freshly black topped driveway to a cringe worthy climb up a sand laden hill. However, with spin class, you get to determine your destiny and make your very own workout. All with help from the instructor of course, who tends to double as a bit of a destination storyteller. Each instructor differs in style, out of 5 classes I have had 4 different instructors, the music varies with each trainer’s personal preference, which is lively and totally motivating. Instructors give a description of what’s coming up, such as climbs, counts and positions. There are 3 positions with spin, and a few specific forms. If you want a diagram as well as the core movements of spin this will help http://www.spinning.com/file/download/tinymce_file_browser/79/Core_Movements.pdf  Don’t feel intimidated, spinning can range from a beginner’s low impact workout to a real heart in your throat ordeal, but the best part about it is you make it what it is.

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The experience  for me was another incredible workout. I thoroughly enjoy the music, lights and copious amounts of sweat that I produce. I frequently wage a battle with myself to try and push  harder than before, while safely experimenting with my fitness strengths and limits. Matt agreed that the workout was intense and we were both sweaty and red faced at classes end. Matt learned a little bit about strap tightening, as he was having some foot pain when doing the standing forms. We spoke with our instructor Lisa after class, who informed him that he probably strapped his shoes in the pedals harnesses too tight, lesson learned the hard way. We hit up the gym since the day pass includes its use, worked on abs for a bit and called it quits soon after. The next day we were both groaning about our sore legs, in a proud way though and Matt is down for another class soon, especially for a great cardio workout in the chilly months. Our spin session lasted about 50 minutes and my polar heart rate monitor http://www.polar.com/us-en/products/improve_fitness/fitness_crosstraining/FT40 clocked my calories burned at 453, not too shabby at all. Matt and I introduced ourselves to our instructor, Lisa Paquette after class and got her professional advice and knowledge regarding spinning. Check out our Q & A with Lisa here: https://fitforafoodie.com/2014/02/26/spinning-q-a-with-instructor-lisa-paquette/

P.S I Love this Shirt! (click on pic to buy)

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Have you ever been to a spin class?

What did you think?