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  1. My First GoRuck Challenge

    Instead of writing an entry in my Android diary app, I decided to use gif animation to depict my thoughts and feelings during 11 hours GoRucking through Boulder in the middle of the night.


    Preparing for my first GoRuck Challenge

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    Meeting Cadre Bert…


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    Holding plank longer than half the men on the team feels like

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    Stepping up to name everyone on the team and it’s like


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    Rucking through residential Boulder


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    And it’s beginning to suck

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    When I look back and see one of the guys get subbed out from the log, he looks like

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    And I realize we don’t have an extra man to give me a break from my weight; I go to my happy place

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    Cadre Jesse points to me and says, “You, you’re team leader” and I’m like

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    Then he tells us to get in the water

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    While doing flutter kicks, my teammates kick the water and it’s like

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    We get out of the water

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    As team leader, I can’t manage the weight rotation effectively and feel like

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    I say “please” and Cadre Jesse gives me words of wisdom

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    Then I catch myself saying “please” again and I’m like

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    And Cadre Jesse is like

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    Our bathroom break goes over our time because of…
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    After 7 hours of workouts and a technical hike we sit down for a break in the Flatirons

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    Then my calf cramps

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    And hiking down feels like

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    We finally start getting a team “flow”

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    But then look behind us and half the team is 50 feet away

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    And Cadre Jesse is like

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    And he tells us to remove a shoe as punishment

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    When we think we’ve finished the challenge, Cadre Jesse tells us we owe him time for broken eggs, and it feels like

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    Then he says we have to do buddy carries again up an incline

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    And on our last buddy carries we’re like

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    Our first attempt at pushing ourselves up with our feet on one another’s shoulders

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    When Cadre Jesse tells us we’ve finished

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    Then, after 11 hours, we head to the parking lot to drink beers

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    And celebrate

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    During breakfast at Denny’s, the pain sinks in

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    And on the way home, it feels like

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    My roommate wakes me up on Sunday at 3pm to ask how it went

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    Then I can’t get back to sleep, so on Monday, I’m at my computer like

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    When my coworker asks why I’m walking funny, I tell her and she’s like

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    And then she tells me about the 5k mud run she did

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    How I feel about every other race after my GoRuck Challenge

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