Race Build-Up: X Run 2017

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Coming off my longest race of the year and my only race it was time to get back to OCR (more or less) in the 2017 X Warrior Challenge X Run. Now for those who haven’t heard of the X Runs (or read previous reviews of them) it’s best described as OCR-Light. It’s a 5K loop, so a sprint distance, but instead of obstacles you come across 10 “Penalty zones” which I still think should be named “challenge zones” as to me a penalty zone wouldn’t be both optional and meant to be part of the experience. Now the penalties are relatively simple bodyweight exercises such as burpees, push-ups or air squats to name a few. This year the race is following the same route as last year in Kensington which is just on the other side of the river from downtown Calgary and is one the best race routes in terms of location and overall aesthetics for an OCR course.

I’ve also done the 3 previous X Runs this year. The Resolution Run in January, St. Patricks Virtual X Run in March and the Canada 150 Virtual X Run in July (still need to post my review for this one) so this will finish my Quadfecta if you will, which I’m pretty excited about.

Coming into the run my goals are pretty simple:

  1. Be faster than last year
  2. Do all the “Penalties” unbroken
  3. Never have a “Hands on hips” moment


So, in order to accomplish the first goal, I haven’t done much specific training as coming off the whole year of training and specifically my training/performance for the Gorilla Run I’m feeling really good with my running.  I’ve only done some basic maintenance training runs which to be honest is mostly to keep our 2-year-old border collie healthy. I also focused in on my diet as with Thanksgiving having been in this time it could’ve been really easy to not be at my race weight for this run and having gone through really bad shin splints around this time last year I don’t want to be carrying too much extra weight. I also really put in time doing my running mobility stretches to make sure I’m not going to get shin splints again or any other muscular tweaks.

For goal number two I’ve been back hitting the weights doing work that will be much harder than the penalties could be, so that when I’m tired I will know I’ve done harder and it will feel about the same physically.

For my last goal, what I mean is that I don’t want that moment where you subconsciously put your hands on your hips almost allowing yourself to take the foot off the gas, possibly even to forget your goals or worst of all quit. For me that means to finish this race and the year strong. I’ve had a mostly good season of racing, with only a few down moments and so finish on a high note to focus in on for the offseason. This will also help the other two goals if I can keep pushing hard even when I may not want to and to really flex my mental muscle.

Lastly the part of the race I’m actually most excited for is that I’ve got my two kids both running the kids race (it will be my youngest’s first race) so I can’t wait to finish my lap and get them out for a lap.

That’s it for this race and I guess for race previews for this year. I’m looking forward to one last run out before the deep freeze sets in and maybe we’ll catch you on the course.

x run 2016 scottyvoodoo

Scotty Voodoo
I am a proud father & husband. A former semi-pro skier, turned rugby 7’s player, I’ve now worked to become a OCR racer.
A level 2 NCCP certified coach, I also hold coaching certifications in 3 sports.

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