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Gear Review: Goodr Sunglasses

Posted by Strength & Speed on August 26, 2019 at 11:55 AM


Two years ago I had never heard of Goodr sunglasses when I came across them stocked in a local running store. A year ago I didn’t know anyone that owned them until my podcast cohost Brenna “Red Beast” Calvert started buying pairs like she had stock in the company. Well after her constantly talking about them, I finally picked up a pair for a review. Here is what I thought of Goodr and ...

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MudGear Shorts Review

Posted by Strength & Speed on May 7, 2019 at 2:05 PM

If you know Obstacle Course Racing (OCR), then you know MudGear. The brand with the best known, best performing and most stylish OCR sock recently expanded their lineup of products to include shorts. I picked up a pair for use both in the gym, on the trail and on the race course and here is what I thought:


Style: I absolutely love the style. They currently offer two color options, black or grey. Both lo...

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MRG Ultra-OCR Bible is now digital!!!

Posted by Strength & Speed on April 21, 2019 at 10:30 PM

Mud Run Guide's Ultra-OCR Bible is now available on digital download for Kindle only.  If you want a hard copy, please head to the online S&S store.  If you want the digital download you can find it exclusively on Amazon via the link below.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07QZLZJFQ/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=strspe-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B07QZLZJFQ&linkId=f20156249a0d2c89c57fcddca1e4b3fe


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Gear Review: Atomik Balance

Posted by Strength & Speed on January 15, 2019 at 10:25 AM


Atomik Climbing Holds is a known leader in the world of Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) holds and climbing. However, they recently expanded their line of products to include balance products. As someone who previously had balance issues in OCR (2016s inclusion of Z beam at Conquer The Gauntlet Wichita knocked me back into the middle of the elite field), I was curious to see what they had to offer. Atomik has two different versions with several difficulty levels for each.

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Did you lose? Blame it on the booze. Race loss? Blame in on the sauce. Patron won't put you in the zone

Posted by Strength & Speed on January 7, 2019 at 6:05 AM

OCR has maintained the reputation of the party boy/girl lifestyle since the inception of the sport. And let’s face it, after a hard fought race who doesn’t want to celebrate with a few brews and good company in the festival area? Although the occasional post-race splurge is unlikely to dramatically affect performance, drinking in the days leading up to the race may be a concern. Research provided by the US Olympic Committee (USOC) indicates that binge drinking can decrease athleti...

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4th S&S Development Team Window Now Open

Posted by Strength & Speed on December 6, 2018 at 8:05 PM


Strength & Speed is opening the application window for their 4th S&S Developtment Team. Each year has brought success to our athletes with a list of different benefits that change but also expand slightly every year.  2018 included athletes getting their first sponsors, several becoming ambassadors for brands and many hitting new PRs including first Ultra-OCR win, first win, first cash podium, most po...

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Ultra-Strength with Harbinger

Posted by Strength & Speed on November 19, 2018 at 5:50 PM


When I say the word ultra-endurance to people they typically think skinny runner logging a ton of miles that probably can’t do a single pull-up. However, there is a world where you need ultra-endurance running capability combined with ultra-strength in your upper body, it is called Ultra-Obstacle Course Racing (Ultra-OCR). This is the world I train for, enjoy and thrive in.

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OOFOS Ultra-Endurance's New Best Friend

Posted by Strength & Speed on November 12, 2018 at 5:45 PM


The world of ultra-endurance is growing with people wanted more than a marathon (26.2 miles) or more than a century (100 mile) bike ride. My sport is Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) and is no exception. Since 2011, athletes have been tackling events like the 24 hour long World’s Toughest Mudder and as of 2017 the CBS Televised 8 hour Toughest Mudder Series. The events requ...

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48 Hours of Endure The Gauntlet- Expectations vs. Reality

Posted by Strength & Speed on November 5, 2018 at 5:25 PM


My friends: “You’re going to do Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) for 48 hours?”

Me: “Yeah”

My friends: “Have you ever done that before?”

Me: “No, no one has. That’s the part of the reason I’m doing it.”


I’ve done around 20 Ultra-Obstacle Course Races (Ultra-OCRs) with around 10 podium finishes and...

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Recover with OOFOS: 48 hrs of Endure The Gauntlet

Posted by Strength & Speed on October 24, 2018 at 8:00 PM

I’m an Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) athlete whose specialty is Ultra-OCR (events that are 5+ hours in length). Ultra-OCR usually involves running a five mile loop with around 20 obstacles for a given amount of time (usually 6, 8, 12 or 24 hour). The obstacles are sometimes easy like crawling under wire and other times really hard like something you might see on ninja warrior. While I’ve had a lot of success in Ultra-OCR including a top ten finish at the 24 hour long World̵...

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