Spartan Race Blog - Surviving the holidays


Spartan Race Blog - Surviving the holidays

By Sebastian Salazar

Memorial Day is an awesome holiday. Great for celebrating our culture, gathering with family and being outdoors.

It is, however, terrible for people trying to get in shape. There’s enough meat, drink, sun and meat to put you in a 36-hour food coma. I would know, I’m writing this while shoveling away leftover cookies like they were evidence to be destroyed.
Aside from the holiday weekend, the work towards the Spartan Race Spring Event August 1st in Mechanicsville, MD (Obstacle Races & Mud Races – Find an Obstacle Race | Spartan Race®) continues.  I’ve added a weekly class (TRX and/or Kettlebell) at Next Phase Group Exercise in Bethesda. The sessions leave me dead tired, but I’m doing them with one of my oldest friends - which is great.  I’m not one to give work-out advice, but I think exercising with friends can make a huge difference.

As we get closer to the event, I’m starting to wonder if there’s any Spartan-Race specific training I should be doing.  I’ll do some research of my own (while glued to the couch finishing aforementioned cookie stash) but if anyone out there knows anything about Spartan Race, training suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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VIDEO: Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis return to Redskins OTAs

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VIDEO: Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis return to Redskins OTAs

Montae Nicholson and Vernon Davis were among those absent at Monday's open Redskins OTAs session, and both absences were surprising considering each player's somewhat unsteady spot on the roster.

Nicholson's second year with the Redskins was a struggle both on and off the field, while Davis is often mentioned as someone who might be in line for a contract restructuring or even a release. 

However, thanks to a video that the Redskins posted on Instagram, it's now clear that the safety and the tight end have since returned to Ashburn to work with their fellow teammates:

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It's an especially encouraging development for Nicholson, who should be doing whatever he can to get back in the good graces of the coaching staff. Whatever the reason for his absence was on Monday, it's a good sign to see that he didn't stay away too long. 


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The Met whose 3-run HR buried the Nationals Wednesday night had just taken a 2-hour Uber to the game

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The Met whose 3-run HR buried the Nationals Wednesday night had just taken a 2-hour Uber to the game

The Washington Nationals just can't catch a break, now 11 games under .500 after last night's dismal 6-1 loss to the New York Mets.

This time, the loss came at the hands of usually the most reliable reliever for the Nats, Sean Doolittle, who came into the game during the 8th inning with two runners on and two outs.

Wednesday night, he was not so reliable.

Doolittle failed to get that last out, hitting Carlos Gomez, then Juan Lagares cleared the bases to make it 3-1 on a double.

Then, with two on, Rajai Davis, who had just come up from the minor leagues, stepped up to the plate.

Davis had just taken a two hour Uber ride from Lehigh Valley, PA., arriving during the third inning of the game and getting lost upon arrival when trying to find the clubhouse. Davis was put in to face Doolittle during the eighth as a pinch hitter and his first career at-bat as a Met.

Of course, Davis delivered with a three-run home run to seal the 6-1 win.

A pinch-hitter with his first career at-bat as a Met hitting a three-run homer is a poetic end for the failing Nationals, now with a 6.98 ERA, the worst in Major League Baseball.

The Nats are now in danger of being swept by the Mets, now third in the NL East, with a 12:10 matinee Thursday again at Citi Field.