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  1. Jarie Bolander
    February 25, 2014 @ 1:06 am

    Great job! GORUCK is a great way to see how you can embrace the suck and keep going.

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    • Brad McLeod
      February 25, 2014 @ 1:46 pm

      Thanks for the post Jarie
      Yes; we like to “Embrace the Suck”!

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  2. dcrews46
    February 25, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

    Good stuff Brad. Did GoRuck Austin in Feb 2013. I would second your suggestion about dialing in your pack beforehand by making sure you can bear crawl and crab walk without your bricks/extra stuff in your pack sifting around too much. Also agree with you about surviving the first hour+ of good living; once you get past that its all downhill from there. I think the mistake I made was getting too caught up in what shoes/boots and gear I needed to wear. I ended up finishing in a pair of hiking shoes (that were old and probably a half-size too small) and had no problems with my feet. I would also suggest carrying extra weight (in addition to your pack) around to prepare for some of the fun activities you will encounter along the way.

    Biggest thing I would add for an event like this is to focus on giving 100% in the activity at hand and not to worry about what might come next. Everyone will get tired and feel like they want to quit at some point but your teammates will be there to pick you up if you absolutely cannot go on. When you make it through the 12+ hours of good living you will look back and be surprised at how much more your body can do than your mind thinks it can.

    P.S. Don’t make plans to go out and partying with your girlfriend and her friends after. You’ll be tired and it will suck, trust me.

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    • Brad McLeod
      February 25, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

      Thanks for the comments DCrews
      Good stuff!

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  3. Nelson Thames
    February 26, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

    I was an active duty Marine in the early 80’s.
    I have fooled around with fitness off and on since then.
    Last year, at 52 years old, I decided to get serious about my health and fitness. When I was deciding on what event or sport to focus on, I asked myself “when I was active duty, what sucked the most? What did I hate doing? I figured if I could conquer doing what I hated the most, everything else would be a cake walk.
    That thing was long ruck marches, or “Humps”!
    I took one of my kids book bag packs, loaded about 30 lbs and struck out.
    Just me and Lexi the dog. Starting at 3 miles and quickly working our way up to 6, then 10.
    I bought a little better ruck that had a hydration bladder and better straps and it made my traps feel better on long rucks.
    For Memorial Day, I rucked to a flag display the next town over and gave my respect by saluting and playing Taps. About 16 mikes total.
    Then I discovered GORUCK.
    I went to their web page and started actually training.
    In September, I did a GORUCK Challenge. (I also puked during the “welcome party”). Getting that gray arrow patch was a very proud moment!!
    It is hard to explain to anyone how hammering yourself like that can be such an enjoyable experience but unless you do it, you will never know!
    Training for rucks with mobility and body weight exercises has carved 30 pounds of fat from my body and my energy and attitude has skyrocketed.
    (After the Challenge my body fat tested under 12%)
    I used a 5.11 12 ruck for the challenge. It doesn’t come with belly straps but it does have buckles, so I cut the straps from a cheap fanny pack and it works great.
    I highly recommend GORUCK and rucking in general.
    There is nothing better than to get out in the fresh air for a couple hours!
    Semper Fi
    Nelson Thames

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    • Brad McLeod
      March 12, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

      Great to hear from you Nelson and thanks for your post.
      We are glad to hear that your doing well with the GoRuck training.

      Feel free to post up here and keep us up to date on your training.

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  4. John Burns
    April 26, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

    Brad I have a question about the flag for Go Ruck. I am in charge of getting it. My question is what do I attach it to? Sorry for the silly question and thank you for taking the time to answer it.

    John

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    • Brad McLeod
      April 26, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

      Attach the flag to a pole so that someone in group can carry

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