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[10 Sep 2012 | No Comment | ]
GORUCK 2012 NYC Class #240 Post-mortem.

“Post mortem” translates roughly to “after death”. Well I am not dead, but I am bruised, hoarse, cut up and pretty epic-ally sore. Goruck once again wreaked its havoc and I am left with some new friends, great memories and possibly some fatal bacterial infections as-yet undetected. I shall sum it up by saying “Class 240 was a different kind of experience from 057″.
The team: Class 240 was made up primarily of veterans, I don’t know exactly how many but we had I think 26 in the class and …

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[15 Sep 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
GoRuck 057 New York City – GoodLivin’

It’s 7PM, Friday 9/9/11 and I find myself in a dingy one-room loft apartment in SOHO. I’ve just signed a death waiver so detailed that I’m not even sure I own my own soul anymore. The police are combing the streets trying to chase down a possible terrorist threat and I’m carrying 30lbs of bricks on my back. I’m sweating. I’m about to start the GoRuck Challenge New York City and experience some #goodLivin first hand.
Let’s backup for a minute. In April I completed the Tough Mudder in Bear Creek …

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[4 Sep 2011 | No Comment | ]
GoRuck Training – Final Push

The GoRuck Challenge New York is fast approaching (9/9/11 starting at 19:00) and thanks to the generosity of many I have exceeded my fundraising goal (http://firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Shanahan/nyc911). Thank you all! All that remains is to complete the challenge and earn all those donations.
For a long event like this (which I’ve no experience with), I really want to bring everything I need but nothing more so I’ve completed a gear-test run as a final “big run” before the event next Friday. It was very useful, no injuries and I learned a …

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[11 Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
GoRuck Training – Full Bricks

No that’s not a homemade explosive, those are my bricks. 4 bricks, wrapped up with duct tape. So far I’ve been training with just 3 and finally made the transition to full “brickage”. My fun raising page is up http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Shanahan/nyc911 so please consider a donation if you can.
The challenge is less than a month away now and things are getting “real”. I’m trying to increase my training but it is so hard to find the time. I’m also cautious to avoid injury. The last thing I would want is a …

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[7 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Golden Gate (almost) Half Marathon

More GoRuck training folks! Bruce Willis in Die Hard 1 says “fists with your toes” is a great way to get rid of that airplane feeling. Well I have another way: running across the Golden Gate Bridge! Last week I flew to San Francisco. I got in around 3PM PST so with a few hours to kill I decided to take a jog over to the Golden Gate bridge, it turned out to be quite the adventure.
If you’re interested I mapped the run here [LINK].
I was staying at the Fairmont …

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[20 Jun 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
The GoRuck Challenge – Training

In April I participated in my first Tough Mudder (LINK). I have never been one to “participate” in things like this but I have to admit the sense of accomplishment was pretty overwhelming. We also raised $3,000+ for Colon Cancer (LINK) which only added to the experience. Almost immediately afterwards I started looking for the next challenge. Another TM would be fun but 7,000 people completed the TM course (out of 10,000 entrants), I felt maybe I could find something a bit more “exclusive”.
In researching TM I’d heard of …