Author Archives: Jeff Cain

2014 Connecticut Spartan Sprint Review

Close your eyes for a moment.  Imagine that you just got busted for counting cards at the Mohegan Sun Casino and that you ran out through the parking lot attempting to elude 2 security officers with thick Boston accents.  Now imagine that you turned [...]
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110%PlayHarder Katalyst Review

 110%PlayHarder provided their Playmakers with their brand new Katalyst shirt (and I’m really happy about that, by the way).  This is another one of those products in which I didn’t quite know what I was getting.  It’s a performance [...]
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Re-review of Reebok Super OCR Shoe

My  Reebok Supers have now been battle-tested in 2 pretty difficult races (Indiana Spartan Sprint and Mud Guts & Glory).  As promised, I have more to add to my initial reactions.  I’ve read virtually every web review and comment about these [...]
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Reactions to Spartan Race Edict on Race Attire

The following email message sent yesterday from Spartan Race to those competing at Tuxedo sparked emotions and debate across the obstacle racing interwebs. “We will require that those entering the start corral for the professional elite wave wear [...]
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Mud Guts & Glory May 2014 Race Review

Through its first 2 events, Mud Guts & Glory remained a hidden gem of a race, nestled in the hills and trees of southeastern Ohio. I suspect, however, that the secret will be out following the 3rd event that just finished yesterday. This series, [...]
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#Blessed

Early this morning while on a training run under dreary, rain-producing clouds, my mind pondered why I was putting myself through this.   I have made it clear that I do not consider myself a runner because I am not a fan of running for running’s [...]
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2014 Indiana Spartan Sprint Review

One hour ago I was sitting in an ice bath, teeth chattering, starting the recovery from a race that is a veritable terror to knees, hamstrings, and IT bands.  Five and a half hours ago I watched my daughter and dozens of other kids give everything they [...]
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Time to Spartan Up!

Do you “want something more out of life than comfort, mediocrity, and a fancy toilet bowl brush”? I will be the first to admit that I didn’t have high expectations for the soon-to-be-released book, Spartan Up!, by Joe DeSena and Jeff [...]
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Crunching numbers on Spartan competition

Are the Spartan Race elite heats becoming more competitive?  While the answer to that question seems to have an obvious and logical answer, there has been no actual analysis of data to prove it, so I put on my academic hat and went to work.  Yes, [...]
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A jump rope and a smile

1 jump rope.  1 smile.  That’s all you need.  Oh, and you’ll need some water.  Definitely water.  You should probably have a towel too.  And bring a can of “Don’t Quit”. I rarely post anything training related anymore [...]
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