SGPT Interviews Steph Brownell GoRuck graduate
SB: I’m an almost 32-year-old overly-active divorced business professional/intermediate CrossFitter/beer lover/mom to 2… adorable puppies. Haha. I also work part time at whole foods. I love to drive stick, ride fast bikes, shoot clay pigeons, and be covered in chalk. I love all things CrossFit, fitness, and nutrition (and bacon & beer…. I’m an IPA girl at heart).
Use your GoRuck Buddy Pass on Black Friday Deal 2013 @ GoRuck.com
SGPT: Did you have an athletic background growing up?
SB: Not really, I was more into music. I did gymnastics as a kid, begged my parents to sign me up for youth soccer and was denied. I swam on a summer team when I was young. Tried my hand at tennis, lacrosse and track. I couldn’t find something that kept me interested and engaged long enough. I didn’t fall in love with fitness until my first intro class to crossfit in January 2012. Life changing! Now I can’t stay out of the gym!
SGPT: How did you train for GoRuck?
SB: Ahhh… I didn’t. I was finishing up an 8 week barbell/strength cycle right before my GRC event. I was otherwise an avid CrossFitter. Truth be told, I didn’t get my bricks until 2 days before the challenge and never tried my shoes on until 3 hours before the event. Oops.
Check out GoRuck backpacks and Events @ GoRuck.com
SGPT: Tell us a little about the GoRuck event?
SB: Amazing! I really lucked out with having a stellar class. I had rescheduled from an October class for several reasons, but little did I know it was one of my class member’s birthday and he had recruited a bunch of his friends to do the challenge. Our first event involved cake. Then there was the welcome party. It was cold. I’m not sure how much I should tell because I don’t want to spoil it for newbies. Cadre Tyler was at the helm and I think I began to adore him more and more as the challenge progressed. I really like his style; he got the point across effectively and without making you feel like a complete dope. The rest of the event was a natural, organic progression of having our class evolve into a team. It wasn’t easy by far but you eventually come to terms with your mind and realize that you have to let your body take over at times.
SGPT: What was hardest part of the event?
SB: The last hour was pretty rough. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been on my feet for 12 consecutive hours. I was starting to question the stability of my legs/knees/feet. Our welcome party was lengthy and I wasn’t sure my lower extremities were reliable after it. Turns out they were…. just enough
SGPT: What is one thing you wish you would have done to get ready for GoRuck?
SB: I wouldn’t change anything I did to prepare, which realistically wasn’t too much. I had good advice for gear to purchase (aside from the ruck) and given the cold temps we expected to have, that was all i needed. I think if I had any more insight as to what the challenge was about, I would have backed out. I wanted to go into the challenge with brand new eyes and an unbiased opinion. But the one piece of advice I’d give to prepare- do lots of push-ups. LOTS of them!!
SGPT: Any tips for up and coming athletes that want to do Selection?
SGPT: What kind of boots did you wear? Did you use double socks or Bodyglide anti-chafe?
SB: for my GoRuck Challenge I wore Salomon Speedcross 3
trail running shoes & Injinji toesocks
… my feet were coated in Bodyglide anti-chafe balm
. No blisters or swelling!
SGPT: Thanks for the interview
SB: Thank you for allowing me to share my experience. And to my GoRuck Challenge 848 class…. get to the choppa!!
John Maris GoRuck Selection graduate interview
GoRuck Interview with JJ Wellemeyer
GoRuck Interview with Lauri Lovvorn
GoRuck Interview with Mike Kalinowski
GoRuck Interview with James Adams
GoRuck Brick Wrapping
Check out this SGPT Ruck March workout
GoRuck Challenge Packing List
GoRuck Coupon Code