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Author Topic: Thinking about running a Tough Mudder or Warrior Dash? I have now done both. :)  (Read 30044 times)
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« Reply #60 on: July 26, 2012, 07:05:00 PM »

I want to do either one! I really thought about wearing my Vibrams when I go to one next year but I don't wanna ruin them!! Sad I might wear an older pair then...
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« Reply #61 on: July 27, 2012, 02:28:20 PM »

wear em- as long as you can cover the distance in VFFs I think they are great for these types of runs. And don't worry about ruining them- a trip through the washing machine and My often muddied Komodos are good to go.

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« Reply #62 on: August 10, 2012, 12:08:47 AM »

I'm doing the 'Northern Warrior Race' this weekend in my new Spyridon LS. I live in a small town far away from where all of the spartan races, warrior dashes, and tough mudders are held. The town is throwing on this one Saturday as part of their summer festival. I'm interested to see how my new spyridons hold up in wet conditions.

It should be a good time, I've always wanted to do one of these. It's a 4k course, with 10-11 obstacles along the way. There is mud, swamps, a short lagoon to run through, rope structures, etc. I thought about going with my flows, but the clay that is around the route is incredibly slick when wet, so I'm thinking some tread might be a good idea. I've ran through that mud in KSO's and Luna sandals but ended up getting stuck in a mud puddle, on a regular run.

Fort mcmurray is very far away from any major centre, so I am officially jealous of everyone who has the option of doing these kinds of races/events on a regular basis.
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« Reply #63 on: August 10, 2012, 07:47:26 PM »

Yeti, do let me know how the Spyridons perform! I'm especially interested in how the insole feels. I have Treksports, and the skin on the bottom of both big toes is usually rubbed raw after just a few miles, especially when mud enters the shoe. That doesn't happen with my Komodosports, probably because the insole in those is so much softer.

I'll get the Spyridons if the insole protects my skin from chafing and blistering better than the Treksports and I hope to learn more about that from you after your race.
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« Reply #64 on: August 10, 2012, 11:44:44 PM »

Will do. I have flows but given the clay that is here I'm thinking they might be a little on the slick side. I saw the kind of obstacles and thought the spyridons would be a good option.
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« Reply #65 on: August 11, 2012, 11:56:53 PM »

For the record, the spyridons are great for this kind of event. I didn't train much for this one, and finished 6th in my heat. I wasn't prepared for the course, but had a great time and felt good the whole way through. It took about 17 minutes to complete the course, so it wasn't too much to handle.

The course we did was fairly short. It was 3k in length, so relatively short. We started off by running up a short hill, doing 30 burpees at the top. Then we ran down, ran through a football-style line of tires, and then climbed up a 15 foot rope/wall climb. Then we had to drag a bucket full of concrete across a parking lot, run up some stairs and scurry across a balance beam before tackling a mud pit crawl. More stairs followed by a 1k running stretch, then onto a big tire flip. Then there was a water obstacle, then a sprint to the finish. My spyridons had awesome grip, even after dealing with the mud. After the water on the last sprint they were good too, no chaffing or rubbing, even though mine are essentially brand new.

I might start training for some warrior dash and tough mudders that come to Calgary every year. That was a blast!!
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« Reply #66 on: August 12, 2012, 06:49:17 AM »

Thanks so much for the report, Yeti! I'm glad to hear that breaking the Spyridons in isn't really necessary, since my Tough Mudder is 27 days away and I'm not sure if I can get in many trail runs before then.

You can preregister for the Tough Mudder in Calgary here: http://toughmudder.com/events/2013-event-preregistration/
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« Reply #67 on: August 12, 2012, 10:06:16 AM »

I'll book the race date off for that event and make the journey to Calgary for that. Even though this event was fairly short, I'm hooked on this kind of thing.

There were four other people in VFFs there, and the guy who won my heat was wearing komodosports. We were both pretty happy with our footwear choices!
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« Reply #68 on: September 14, 2012, 01:18:02 PM »

CO Warrior Dash again on August 19th!- I hear they have stepped it up this year. (and I got the Living Social deal for $27 to run)

Think I'm going to train in my Komodos again leading up to the race so I can take it out VFF style this year. Adding Injinjis should make the Komodos more bearable through the muck.

In the mean time my first half marathon is July 14th, and then I'm on a team for the 200 mile Wild West Relay on August 3rd. Plan to cap the summer in Sept with a GORUCK Challenge in Colorado Springs.

It's a big summer!

CO Warrior Dash wasn't really a challenge- there were actually fewer obstacles this year. We did it as a "Crash" meaning a fellow GORUCK alum and I ran the event with our GORUCK GR1's packed full of beer- it was such an easy day that we actually cracked a couple cold ones out on the trail... Even though we were hauling weight, and drinkin beer, we still finished in 34 minutes (top 10% of the field)

Crashing the Denver Rock-N-Roll half next weekend- Rucks, Flags and (drumroll) gasmasks. Ought to be an interesting spectacle.
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« Reply #69 on: September 14, 2012, 02:01:35 PM »

Crashing the Denver Rock-N-Roll half next weekend- Rucks, Flags and (drumroll) gasmasks. Ought to be an interesting spectacle.
The stink round there can't be that bad, can it?
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« Reply #70 on: September 14, 2012, 04:21:16 PM »

Crashing the Denver Rock-N-Roll half next weekend- Rucks, Flags and (drumroll) gasmasks. Ought to be an interesting spectacle.
The stink round there can't be that bad, can it?

The group I'm running with raised money to support Silent Warriors, and the Green Beret Foundation, so we are doing the event this way. I'm pretty sure I'm not going to be able to cover the whole distance with the mask, but I'm going to try.
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« Reply #71 on: September 16, 2012, 08:02:52 AM »

Yeti, I finished the TM in Frederick last Saturday. The Spyridons I bought after seeing your comments were awesome and 10 times more comfortable than the Treksports I wore last year. Thanks again for the positive report!
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« Reply #72 on: September 16, 2012, 02:29:32 PM »

Awesome! Yeah the spyridons are pretty good for heavy trails and very heavy use. For lighter trails, and pavement not so much. They perform great when wet too, which is perfect for these kinds of races.
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« Reply #73 on: September 17, 2012, 10:25:36 AM »

Yeah the spyridons are pretty good for heavy trails and very heavy use. For lighter trails, and pavement not so much.

Please elaborate on why the Spyridons are not good on lighter trails.  I am not arguing against your point, but rather inquiring as I was contemplating getting a pair and I am curious about hearing what you have to offer up about them.
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« Reply #74 on: September 17, 2012, 11:16:02 AM »

The spyridons are very good in really bad conditions, though I found them a little overkill for pavement and smooth trails with little to no roots and rocks. I found that the ground feel wasn't nearly as good as other VFFs and sandlas I have due to the rock blocker/aggressive tread. If your run has some crazy terrain, they will handle that no problem. For myself I'll only go to the aggressively treaded models if the route I've got planned requires really good grip.

I just don't like running on pavement/concrete in them. That's more of a personal preference though. All around the spyridon is a great model and will handle anything you throw at them.
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