✓ Maryland Responds Medical Reserve Corps
✓ Mental Health and First Aid Cert. Exp. 6/22
✓First Aid/CPR/AED Certification Exp. 5/21
✓ (2x) AmeriCorps Alum
Montgomery County, MD
Community Use of Public Facilities (C.U.P.F.)
- County Resident Representative 

Derek L. Ross

✓ (C.E.R.T) *Certification


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One Race at a Time

Posted on June 27, 2019 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Every race feels like a new race day. In other words, I assume nothing and will take nothing for granted. Witnessing close friends endure injuries is never a good feeling. It's like empathy and sympathy rolled up into one WTF ball. It's like the support system is real, but then it's like I don't want what they got. All these races have shown me that around every corner, each 90 degree day, and every long car ride to a race is a chance of a random mishap. The body, or universe may not be ab...

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Am I Getting Faster? Yes but No

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

As I look back at races I have placed in, I'm not really blown away. Well, I appreciate the chance to push myself, but I just don't see myself getting faster. Looking at finish times don't really make me feel as if I'm posting some world class finish times. All I see is a guy who must like running. Overall, my goal is to be able to do this everyday. Get ready, stay ready. Just in case I need to run for my life, I want to feel confident my body can go. So, I do fell like I'm getting fast, j...

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Resetting for Spartan Races

Posted on May 5, 2019 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I thought I would never say this, but it's time for me to really build the right body for OCR races. More importantly, Spartan Races. I'm not trashing or downing other OCR races. I just know I need to take the next leap. Anytime swimming is included, I must check myself on my abilities to really make a difference while trying to compete in OCR. I want the Trifect's, but I want the experience. My goal is to focus on Rugged Maniac's, meanwhile sprinkling in some Warrior Dash races, and of co...

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Running from Depression

Posted on April 16, 2019 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It's always weird when someone looks at you at say's, "oh, I didn't know you dealt with depression." I guess it's weird because I was one of those people. Basically, looking at you wondering what is wrong up in that head. How foolish I was to even think it was a someone else's business type of thing. Depression for me was not a strange mishap, or suprise. It was the ultimate ticking time bomb. I was going to work, having relationships with family, friends, and significant other's like all ...

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Vulnerability of Being a Blogger

Posted on March 8, 2019 at 4:20 PM Comments comments (0)

As I try to keep up with so many bloggers, fitness minded individuals, and podcast, I get lost. Even after so many races, I still try to find my place in this fitness world. Do I pure my heart out? Do I show off, bragging about myself? Or, just go all in making the most of this fun time? No, I'm not saying that is what other's do. I'm just inquiring about how do I make my mark. I just go. I'm a do-er. A person who rarely reflects on a race, because I'm on to the next. That's why it's start...

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Co-1st Place Overall Male Finish

Posted on May 23, 2018 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (3)

The more running I do regardless if it is an obstacle course race, or a typical road race such as a 5K. It is quite obvious a lot of runners are focused on time, which is okay. With that being said, I don't expect a runner to do a lot of sacrificing. It's rare to see a competitive runner, stop to help someone, slow down to wait for a friend, or in my recent experience, stay behind at a turn around spot to notify runners of an improper course marking. While at the Kingsbury Innovation 5K on...

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Becoming a Gluten Free Runner

Posted on May 16, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Giving up gluten is hard. It's really hard. I'm still trying to figure all this out. The refrigerator looks empty now. Even my grocery bill has increased slightly since gluten free foods are more expensive. I'm not complaining. I'm more like dang, this ain't easy. There are definitely a few things missing from my diet when eating bread. So, this diet change will take time. All I can do is keep reading label's and understanding how I can replace the nutrients my body is missing when I was cons...

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12 Races in One Month, Whew!!

Posted on May 2, 2018 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

As I look back on previous month's seeing how many races I have averaged per month. I can honestly say I'm treading into new territory. 12 races. I'm talking 12, we are about to get sweaty and pushed physically kinda sorta thing. I hope as other's continue to checkout my #200race mission they see that my goal is to always be ready to at least match my same level of output physically everytime. I don't want people to think, "oh he is showing off." Mastering the art of recovery physically is...

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Getting Nervous, Understanding thy Body

Posted on April 24, 2018 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)

The past few weeks I honestly have not felt like blogging. I actually haven't felt the same since I had to miss my first "paid" race due to illness. Since I started my race mission, I've missed races, or declined to register due to various other issues. Issues such as weather, confusion on registration, and frankly not being bothered, all have been valid issues, I hope lol. But, never because of a sickness. I was a little disappointed in myself, me missing a race was like someone snatching...

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Running an OCR Race While Raining

Posted on April 10, 2018 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

There are obstacle course races and there are obstacle course races in mud, rain, and all the sloppy terms we can come up with while out there getting your challenge on. I credit myself with seeing a lot of different terrain's that I can happily talk about with other's. I've encountered sand, ski hill's, deep water, rocks, dust, and so on. But, when the terrain is changing as the event or race is happening, it changes everything. It doesn't matter how hard a person train's, throw some mud ...

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