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Derek L. Ross

Community Emergency Response 
Training (C.E.R.T) *Certification


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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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Pacing Yo'self

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I would probably say one of the hardest things about running is establishing a consistent breathing pattern. When I'm done with a race and I check out the times. I'm like man we have been running for a long time. Assuming, your body has been running the length of a race, well that could be 20 min to over 4 hours. Running for 40 minutes straight can do a number on your body. That is not only physically taxing, especially if you are not use to it, but the various strain it can put on your le...

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10K, 12K Recovery

Posted on March 21, 2018 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes we can all let our ego's and expectations get way too big. I've been running a race almost every weekend, and grant it, I've have made my racing excursions slightly harder. But, this past weekend March 17th and 18th, I got a little ahead of myself. The 10K on Saturday was a race I have run for the past few years. It is exactly what I want a flat double out and back. Flat surface races are a runners dream. Last year, I ran the race in about 48:40 minutes. This year, I ran the race...

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Memberships, Groups...Networking

Posted on March 14, 2018 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (0)
I have really been one of those people who truly does way too much. "What are you doing this weekend Derek?" My answer But, even with all this energy, that I'm thankful to have, in my past it has been misused. I would be doing a lot, but they all didn't make sense. It's like trying to cook dinner for 500 guest and having a menu of over 40 items to prepare at the same time. Now, if you can manage it, you can prepare all those foods. Well, my life at times was all about do...
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