Due to some injuries (knee, shin) and the way my training was going I didn’t expect to repeat last year’s performance. It was a cold, rainy day and the towpath was muddy and slick. I was hopeful to get under 90 minutes, shooting for 85. Ended up finishing under 80 minutes. Not too far off from last year’s run. Even though it was painful at times the race gave me confidence and made me hopeful about future races.
I started running in October of 2011, here is a list of my past races and my upcoming race schedule.
5/12/2016 3 Days at the Fair, Augusta NJ, 72 hour endurance race
5/22/2016 Hair of the Dog, Working Dog Winery NJ, 5k
6/4/2016 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut, Pennypack Park PA, marathon
6/18/2015 Running With The Devil, Vernon NJ, 12 hour endurance trail race
8/12/2016 Ragnar Relay, Bruceton Mills WV, various distances, trails
* 9/17/2016 Boulder Field 100k, Jim Thorpe PA, 100k, trails
* 10/2/2016 Blues Cruise, Leesport PA, 50k, trails
10/15/2016 Baltimore Running Festival, Baltimore MD, marathon
* 10/23/2016 Oktoberfest 13.1, Pennypack Park PA, half marathon
* 10/29/2016 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon
5/1/2016 Bucks County 10 Miler, Washington Crossing Park PA, 10 miles; 1:18:47, 36 of 242
4/16/2016 Rumspringa 13.1, Adamstown PA, half marathon; 1:53:06, 78 of 260
4/9/2016 IAS Woods Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 27:51, 11 of 84
3/12/2016 Looney Leprechaun (Looney Double), Tyler State Park PA, 5k & 10k, trails; (5k, 23:58, 8 of 91) (10k, 54:20, 17 of 148) (Double, 6 of 34)
3/6/2016 Naked Bavarian, Leesport PA, 40 miles, trails; 9:22:55, 91 of 99
1/1/2016 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 41:15, 118 of 445
12/5/2015 IAS Woods Winter Wonder Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails, 28:07, 16 of 96
11/7/2015 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 2:08:30, 485 of 1082
10/11/2015 Sloppy Cuckoo, Pennypack Park PA, 12 hour endurance trail race; 26.2 miles, 9:30:30, 56 of 61
9/27/2015 Fernbrook Farm Run, Chesterfield NJ, 5k, trails; INJURY
9/12/2015 Spartan Super, Vernon NJ, 8 miles, obstacle course; 3:10:36, 1044 of 5700
9/7/2015 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails; 52:01, 22 of 116
8/15/2015 Spartan Super, Marseilles IL, 8 miles, obstacle course; 2:42:06, 1014 of 5968
8/5/2015 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 21:39, 23 of 120
7/18/2015 Running With The Devil, Vernon NJ, 12 hour endurance trail race; 30 miles, 11:38:28, 13 of 27
7/11/2015 Spartan Super, Palmerton PA, 8 miles, obstacle course; 3:55:21, 965 of 5873
6/13/2015 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut, Pennypack Park PA, marathon; 4:22:03, 44 of 90
6/6/2015 Spartan Sprint, Tuxedo NY, 5 miles, obstacle course; 2:13:01, 1098 of 5105
5/30/2015 Spartan Sprint, Tuxedo NY, 5 miles, obstacle course; 2:54:24, 2909 of 5730
5/16/2015 3 Days at the Fair, Augusta NJ, 24 hour endurance race; 66 miles, 23:55:12, 17 of 46
5/9/2015 Bucks 10k, Tyler State Park PA, 10k; 45:37, 2 of 61
5/3/2015 Bucks County 10 Miler, Washington Crossing Park PA, 10 miles; 1:15:25, 18 of 229
4/18/2015 Spartan Beast, Vernon NJ, 13 miles, obstacle course; 7:28:33, 4505 of 5545
3/29/2015 Naked Bavarian, Leesport PA, 40 miles, trails; 9:33:36, 38 of 47
3/28/2015 Phillies 5k, Citizens Bank Park PA, 5k; 21:11; 63 of 5011
3/14/2015 Looney Leprechaun 3, Tyler State Park PA, 10k, trails; 55:07, 13 of 122
2/14/2015 New Hope For Love 5k, New Hope PA, 5k; 21:53, 16 of 145
1/1/2015 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 37:13, 44 of 410
12/6/2014 IAS Woods Winter Wonder Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 25:09, 5 of 129
11/29/2014 Gobbler 5k, Medford NJ, 5k, trails; 23:42, 7 of 116
11/27/2014 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 22:13, 40 of 518
11/15/2014 Rocky Balboa Run, Philadelphia PA, 10k; 47:08, 133 of 3252
11/8/2014 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 1:44:43, 161 of 1439
10/19/2014 Atlantic City Marathon, Atlantic City NJ, marathon; 4:12:38, 324 of 820
10/11/2014 Parx Octoberfest 5k, Bensalem PA, 5k, 21:21, 10 of 139
9/20/2014 Spartan Beast/World Championship, Killington VT, 16 miles, obstacle course; 8:52:07, 2614 of 4963
9/6/2014 Spartan Super, Vernon NJ, 9 miles, obstacle course; 3:19:13, 1993 of 6642
9/1/2014 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails; 54:56, 23 of 126
8/16/2014 Bradley Beach 5k, Bradley Beach NJ, 5k, 23:07, 118 of 771
8/6/2014 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 23:38, 25 of 85
7/19/2014 Running With The Devil, Vernon NJ, 12 hour endurance trail race; 30 miles, 11:25:23, 19 of 33
7/13/2014 Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5 miles, obstacle course; 3:06:56, 2302 of 4443
5/18/2014 Hair of the Dog, Working Dog Winery NJ, 5k; 21:51, 42 of 1122
5/10/2014 Washington Crossing 5k, Washington Crossing Park NJ, 5k, trails; 20:40 (course mismeasured), 9 of 117
5/4/2014 Bucks County 10 Miler, Washington Crossing Park PA, 10 miles; 1:16:29, 25 of 246
4/26/2014 Asbury Park Half Marathon, Asbury Park NJ, half marathon; 1:47:37, 130 of 1131
4/13/2014 Donor Dash, Philadelphia PA, 10k; 47:08, 98 of 1011
4/5/2014 IAS Woods Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 26:45, 7 of 78
3/22/2014 Phillies 5k, Citizens Bank Park PA, 5k; 22:08, 138 of 4747
3/15/2014 Looney Leprechaun 2, Tyler State Park PA, 10k, trails; 52:58, 23 of 159
2/8/2014 Cupid’s Chase, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:39, 15 of 154
1/1/2014 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 37:46, 81 of 495
12/14/2013 Mistletoe 5k, Mercerville NJ, 5k; 23:19, 15 of 153
12/7/2013 IAS Woods Winter Wonder Run, Princeton NJ, 6k, trails; 27:59, 16 of 106
11/28/2013 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 23:45, 124 of 667
11/9/2013 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 1:48:38, 261 of 1476
11/3/2013 Cooper Norcross Run The Bridge, Camden NJ, 10k; 48:46, 529 of 3400
10/26/2013 Spooky Tails & Trails, Washington’s Crossing NJ, 5k; 22:40, 22 of 162
10/20/2013 Seaside Half Marathon, Seaside Park NJ, half marathon; 1:57:15, 235 of 678
10/12/2013 Tomm May 5k, Robbinsville NJ, 5k; 22:32, 16 of 105
9/28/2013 Spartan Sprint, Citizens Bank Park PA, 3 miles, obstacle course; 1:01:42, 865 of 4383
9/21/2013 Spartan Beast/World Championship, Killington VT, 14 miles, obstacle course; 9:29:29, 2651 of 3124
9/15/2013 Rock N Roll Half Marathon, Philadelphia PA, half marathon; 2:07:26, 8657 of 24295
9/7/2013 Spartan Super, Vernon NJ, 9 miles, obstacle course; 3:10:42, 2722 of 5269
9/2/2013 Hot Diggity Dog, Mercer County Park NJ, 10k, trails; 1:00:41, 42 of 129
8/25/2013 George Wah Memorial, Veterans Park NJ, 5k, trails; 23:11, 102 of 228
8/7/2013 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 23:08, 44 of 97
7/13/2013 Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5 miles, obstacle course; 1:56:32, 1875 of 5624
7/4/2013 Revolutionary Run, Washington’s Crossing PA, 10k; 54:53
6/25/2013 ETS Firecracker 5k, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:36, 61 of 460
6/9/2013 Princeton Healthcare 10k, Princeton NJ, 10k; 49:48, 100 of 551
6/8/2013 Run For Your Lives, Medford NJ, 5k, mud run obstacle course; untimed/non competitive event
5/23/2013 CYO Memorial Day, Veterans Park NJ, 5k; 22:15, 8 of 38
5/19/2013 Hair of the Dog, Silver Decoy Winery NJ, 5k; 22:05, 37 of 930
5/4/2013 Miles for Isles, Mercer County Park NJ, 5k; 22:09, 17 of 96
4/20/2013 Asbury Park Half Marathon, Asbury Park NJ, half marathon; 1:52:27, 273 of 1204
4/13/2013 Spartan Sprint, Citi Field NYC, 3 miles, obstacle course; 1:19:47, 2300 of 9663
3/16/2013 St. Patty’s Day 5k, Bordentown NJ, 5k; 22:37, 37 of 507
1/1/2013 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles; 40:22, 140 of 459
12/15/2012 Mistletoe 5k, Mercerville NJ, 5k; 22:34, 19 of 199
11/22/2012 Hopewell Valley Turkey Trot, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 22:46, 83 of 591
11/10/2012 Trenton Half Marathon, Trenton NJ, half marathon; 2:00:03, 596 of 1400
10/27/2012 Spooky Tails & Trails, Veterans Park NJ, 5k; 22:41, 22 of 197
10/13/2012 Race to Restore, Ewing NJ, 5k; 22:45, 9 of 57
9/22/2012 Carnegie Center, Princeton NJ, 5k; 23:51, 107 of 546
8/12/2012 Runyon at Yankee Stadium, Yankee Stadium NYC, 5k; 28:31, 241 of 2944
8/8/2012 Flying Pig, Pennington NJ, 5k, trails; 24:29, 55 of 149.
7/15/2012 Spartan Sprint, Palmerton PA, 5 miles, obstacle course; 2:38:58, 701 of 2011
7/12/2012 Strides for Stroke, Veterans Park NJ, 5k: 23:28, 40 of 203
7/8/2012 The Color Run, Philadelphia PA, 5k: untimed/non competitive event
7/4/2012 Revolutionary Run, Washington’s Crossing PA, 5k: 23:50, 41 of 412
6/17/2012 Run for Dad, Mercer County Park NJ, 5k: 24:43, 144 of 516
5/24/2012 CYO Memorial Day, Veterans Park NJ, 5k: 25:07, 21 of 72
5/20/2012 Hair of the Dog, Silver Decoy Winery NJ, 5k: 25:14, 110 of 934
4/29/2012 Run the Vineyards, Heritage Winery NJ, 2.5 miles: 22:40, 6 of 90
1/1/2012 Hamilton Hangover, Veterans Park NJ, 5 miles: 45:26, 224 of 470
11/24/2011 Turkey Trot, Newtown PA, 5 miles: 53:48, 651 of 781
10/2/2011 Sowebo Landmark, Baltimore MD, 5k: 37:08, 97 of 182
I will update this page as races are finished or added.
I updated many pages on www.beckinabox.com. Most notably added a new painting and a new video under the artwork section. I also fixed many of the pages under the artwork: video section to reflect embedded video from YouTube. The unfortunately part is that not all of the videos are on YouTube, either YouTube removed them due to copyright or I just never uploaded them to begin with (and probably never will). Those pages that I didn’t embed the YouTube video will resort to using an obsolete QuickTime plug-in. I will someday modernize those pages.
I also updated many other pages. Fixed some formatting errors. Updated general info and links. And stuff like that.
Let me know if anyone encounters any errors and your thoughts on my latest video. Thanks!
Ran the Naked Bavarian 40 miler trail race over the weekend. I didn’t train much for it. I tore my MCL back in September and slowly got back into running. In January I really started piling on the miles which started giving me shin splints so I had to cut back on my miles and even stop for a bit. So I went into running a difficult 40 mile trail race with my previous longest run at only 9 miles. A long way off from 40. Anyway, I hung in there, got just ahead of the cutoffs and actually passed a few people in the last 15 miles to finish 91st out of 99. There were over 40 runners who actually gave up after their first 20 mile lap. My teammate Keilynn ran the 20 mile version of the race and wrote this great recap, I hope you all check it out. It has some great pictures in it: http://natureorbust.com/2016/03/07/naked-bavarian-marathon/
A few years ago I started becoming interested in men’s personal grooming. I’m not exactly sure what first got me interested in it. Maybe I didn’t like the way my skin reacted to these quadruple blade systems, maybe I actually cared about my skin. Maybe I didn’t like spending a fortune for new blades every month. Maybe I didn’t like having to charge up some overpriced electric razor. Maybe I wanted to feel like a man.
I am far from knowledgeable or even experienced but I look forward to shaving every day and want to share my limited experience. Every morning I make sure that I give myself a little extra time to do it right. Sometimes I go as far as lighting a candle (for that extra bit of relaxation, candles will be another blog entry). If I don’t shave right after a shower I try to relax my skin with a hot towel that I prepared using a little bit of Vick’s VapoRub. I use Taylor of Old Bond Street shave soap. I’ve been in love with their lavender scent but I haven’t yet used a scent by them that I don’t enjoy. I will on occasion use other brands of shave soaps, such as Geo F. Trumper and Proraso. I use a generic ceramic shave mug to hold the soap and I use a new pure badger hair shave brush from the Art of Shaving. I had a cheap brand when I first started out and it fell apart. Upgrade to a better shave brush. Your skin will thank you! As far as my razor goes I use a long handled Merkur safety razor. I originally used Merkur double edged blades but now I use Feather brand. Some blades are sharper than others, and no, sharpest isn’t always better. I find that it depends on your shaving style and skin type.
As for aftershaves, this is completely up to you. Back to my reasoning of shaving this way, it’s because I want to feel like a man. Therefore, I exclusively use the manly “old school” aftershaves, musky and spicy. In fact, I don’t think I use a single contemporary aftershave. The aftershave I use the most if Clubman Pinaud. Clubman has been around since the early 1800’s and it was one of the first aftershaves I used and is my goto when heading to events. If I have an evening dinner date or small party I’ll use a bay rum, bay rum from different brands does have it’s own unique scent but for the most part they’re spicy and ready to liven up a party, I use Pinaud’s bay rum or Layrite No.9 bay rum. I will also splash them on for my daily going ons as well as a few others that I use regularly too. During summer I tend to use Lucky Tiger, Aqua Velva and Florida Water (another aftershave that has been around since the early 1800’s). Other aftershaves in my rotation are Old Spice Classic and Brut Classic, 2 scents that are recognizable, relaxing and great for the daily grind.
There are so many aftershaves available, like I said, everyone has their own tastes as to what they wear. There are a few aftershaves that I would love to get someday; Canoe, English Leather and Stetson. If anyone cares to gift me a bottle of any I would be forever grateful! Thanks in advance!
I had just posted after a long break and noticed the design of my blog and other things just weren’t right. So I updated everything so it should look a lot better and easier to navigate. Enjoy!
I haven’t been posting much lately. Just updating my Race Schedule. Here’s some hi-lights from this past fall.
I received a pretty significant knee injury during a local OCR 5k mud run. I was in the lead and lost the lead because I took a wrong turn. By the time I got back on track I was near the middle of the pack. So I ran extra hard trying to regain the lead. I was slowly reeling in the leader. I had him. But because I was running so hard I was also very reckless. I ran beyond my ability. I ran up to the top of a 7 foot hay bale ladder and leaped from the very top. Everything came crashing down on my knee. It started swelling immediately and I was unable to bend it.
I missed a week of work and kept and aggressively treated it. I never went to a doctor or got an MRI taken. I’m assuming at worse it was a torn MCL. I was more depressed than anything. I sat around and instead of working out I ate ice cream and watched TV. I slowly got back into running again, albeit a bit painful, and only recently have I started strengthening again. I did do a couple of races, a 6k and a 5 mile race. I felt faster than I thought I would be but a ways off from where I was. 4 months later my knee still hurts at times and gets stiff often. I have increased my running and overall I feel great. Bending the knee is still an issue but I feel myself coming along nicely.
In other news, my 1998 Honda Civic EX finally bit the dust. For the past few years I stopped spending money on it. There were many issues and I just didn’t want to take care of it anymore. Besides the normal oil changes. It was time to get a new car. I bought a brand new 2016 Honda HR-V EX AWD. It’s a beautiful car. It’s considered a crossover. A mini-SUV. I am absolutely in love with it. Can hardly wait to take it on some road trips!
3 weeks later a rock would hit the windshield of my HR-V. I made the mistake of getting the windshield repaired instead of replaced. There is an awful looking blemish there. Most likely always will be. 🙁
That’s all for now!