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Spartan Race Blog- Recovery time slowing

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Spartan Race Blog- Recovery time slowing

Let me start this by saying that age or - perhaps more accurately - how we feel about our age, is relative. So I totally get it when anybody over 40 rolls their eyes when I claim to be ‘getting old’ at the age of 31.

But I do feel old. In fact, this - right now today - is the oldest I’ve ever been in my life. That’s science.

So what does age have to do with the Spartan Race Sprint Event I’m heading towards on August 1st. Well, as I’ve confessed in prior posts, I don’t like the gym. As a result I play sports to stay in shape. Primarily it’s soccer, but I’ll mix in pick-up hoops or tennis whenever possible.

The problem with all this, is that playing these sports tears my body down. When I was younger, the recovery took minutes - now it takes days. A two-hour soccer session, while literally the best cardio I can get, renders me useless for half the week. I’m quickly coming to the realization that I need less tearing down (playing) and more building-up (gym).

This realization is awful. At 17, I could play soccer twice a day every day, never stretch and still be good to go.

So here I am at 31, and I definitely ain't as good as I once was. Come August 1st at Spartan Race, we'll find out if - like country music star Toby Keith famously said - I can still be as good once as I ever was.

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Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Nationals grant boys wish to be a player for a day

Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic and Nationals grant boys wish to be a player for a day

The Nationals welcomed 10-year-old cancer patient Parker Staples as the newest addition to their team on Friday, in conjunction with the Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic Foundation.

While battling lymphoma, Staples learned he would receive a wish and didn’t hesitate about what he wanted to choose. After being sidelined for two years during treatment, Parker couldn’t wait to celebrate his remission by becoming part of his favorite baseball team. 

Staples was introduced to his new teammates and got signed autographs from Matt Adams, Juan Soto, Anthony Rendon, and Yan Gomes. He also got to spend time hitting and playing catch with his new teammates, as well as being interviewed as the newest member of the team. It gets even better than that, Staples threw the ceremonial first pitch at Nationals Park leading up to the Marlins-Nationals game Staples 

The Nationals are hosted the Miami Marlins in the series opener Friday.

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Australian Taste Test: Washington Spirit Aussies serve up Vegemite

Australian Taste Test: Washington Spirit Aussies serve up Vegemite

Washington Spirit Aussies Chloe Logarzo and Amy Harrison have NBC Sports Washington’s Anna Witte try Australian staples Vegemite and Bundaberg ginger beer.

According to Logarzo, before each game with the Australian National team, all of the players would eat vegemite on toast with poached eggs and avocado. 

Witte rated the Vegemite a four out of ten, her immediate response was that it tastes "Super salty."

"Not awful, but I don't think I would buy it for myself....it's awful."

Both Logarzo and Harrison joined the Spirit this season. Harrison has appeared in ten games for the Australian national team and Logarzo has appeared in 37. 

After two straight wins the Washington Spirit are looking to continue their winning streak this weekend against the Chicago Red Stars.

Washington will face off against Chicago at the SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois on Sunday, March 26 at 6 p.m.

In the NWSL standings, the Red Stars are in first place with a 3-1-2 record and the Spirit are in fourth with a 3-1-1 record. In 2018, Chicago took the series over Washington with two wins and a draw.

Despite missing U.S. National players Rose Lavelle and Mallory Pugh, the Spirit defeated Portland Thorns FC last weekend 3-1. 

Amy Harrison scored the first goal during the 16th minute followed by Portland scoring on their own goal in the 47th minute to put Washington ahead 2-0. Finally, in the 71st minute, Jordan Diabasi scored an olimpico. 

Spirit Midfielder Jordan DiBiasi won the NWSL Goal of the Week for her goal against the Portland Thorns last weekend. 

Spirit Goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe continues to lead the NWSL with 19 saves.