Mud Run Bucket List


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4227279_race_0.9442314931736042.originalI love mud running.  I’m fairly new to the sport having only participated in my first run in June, but I knew when I crossed that finish line I was going to do it again.  I’m never going to be the fastest runner.  Actually, there’s a good chance that I’ll never even be a fast runner.   However, the mud and the obstacles really level out the playing field.  No one’s fast in mud.  Even the fastest runners take over an hour to complete a Spartan Sprint.  I could theoretically become good at mud running.  To that end, I’ve had for a while now a bucket list of mud runs I want to do before I no longer have the desire or the capability to run.

1. The Dirty Girl (Completed!  June 7th, 2014)

2. The Warrior Dash (This is the one that first caught my interest)

3. The Zombie Mud Run

4. The Zombie Run Extreme and Black Ops

5. Mud on the Mountain

6. Muderella

7. Tough Mudder (This one has been banished from the list ever since I found out there was live electricity on the course.  I do these things to push myself and have fun.  I draw the line at being electrocuted for their amusement.)

8. Spartan Race Sprint, Super, Beast

9. Ruckus

10. Superhero Run

This list will be updated as I find new runs or as I complete the ones already on the list.  Do you have a favorite mud run?

Review : Intriques


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Intrigues by Mercedes Lackey
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When I read Foundation, I was excited to reenter the world of Valdemar. Companions, Heralds, yes even Bards were calling to me. I dug out my old Mercedes Lackey CD so I could import some of the songs into my iPod. The second book did not invoke the same feelings.

First books usually don’t get very far in the plot because they spend so much time setting up the rest of the series. I’m used to that, so the first book gets a pass in that department. When the second book doesn’t get very far in the plot department because it’s too busy setting up later books, then we have a problem. Nothing really happens in this book to make the overall plot move forward. I blame most of it on the Kirball.

I don’t know where this trend started. Possibly with Harry Potter. Intriques had to design a game for the characters to play. A difficult and dangerous game that we had to learn the rules of. One that was so dangerous that it conveniently puts one of the major characters out of action for the final climax.

Intriques was not a bad book, but it’s not going to rank among the most memorable of the Valdemar novels either.

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Review : Dangerous Women – “The Princess And The Queen, Or, The Blacks And The Greens”

dangerous womenThis was the reason why I picked up this book. A new Song of Ice And Fire novella.  I have never been more disappointed by something in my life. If this is indicative of what the next three books are going to be like, you can count me out right now.
This “story” is a transcription of a historical record. Okay, he’s trying out a new style. We can give this a chance.  Oh, except it quickly becomes a list of names and how they died.  Which might be fine for about ten pages or so.  Except it’s 80 pages long, and it never gets any better.  What the hell? George R R Martin is supposed to be the master of showing versus telling, and this is 80 pages of telling. It was awful. This is the driest piece of crap you will ever read. I celebrated when it was finally over.

Review : Dangerous Women – “Lies My Mother Told Me”

dangerous womenOh look, more rape, this time of a child.  Look, can we just stop using rape in literature,  please? It’s not edgy, and it’ss getting on my nerves.  I don’t even know about this one.  There were superpowers, and zombies and lesbians, all of which should have made this a really great story, but it just didn’t do anything for me.  Maybe it was because I didn’t feel attached to the characters, maybe it was the anticlimactic ending, but I could live without this one.

Review : Dangerous Women – “Caretakers”

dangerous womenSister-sister and mother-daughter bonding time. A million points for that. I shouldn’t have to give points for that considering it’s supposed to be an anthology about dangerous women, but so many of the stories have been disappointing in their inclusion of women. This one is good. Not my usual cup of tea, but still good.  I mean, if you wanted to skip to the ones that are at least worth reading, you can safely add this one to the list.

Review : Dangerous Women – “Name the Beast”

dangerous womenAt first, from the title alone, I didn’t remember this story.  Once I refreshed my memory however, this was one of the ones I actually enjoyed.  The story is about two very different girls and their families. One Hunter, one prey.  What makes this story really stick out is the focal point on Kalindris and her daughter.  We need more focus on the mother-daughter dynamic.  I told you I was getting sick of all the dudebro manpain bonding.  Even if you aren’t familiar with Sykes, I wasn’t,  if you pick up this book,  definitely give this one a shot.

Review : Dangerous Women – “Pronouncing Doom”

dangerous womenI liked this one. If only because this is exactly how rape should be treated now.  It’s a shame that it only took the complete destruction of the modern world for people to accept this fact. Other than that, it was admittedly boring. Ninety percent of it was the guy’s trial and execution, none of which is really my thing.  Maybe if you’re a Law & Order fan with a Wiccan twist, you might find this book interesting.

Review : Dangerous Women – ” Virgins”

dangerous womenAh, Diana Gabaldon. I’ve been looking forward to this one. Though I own a copy of Outlander, I have yet to read it. I have heard plenty of things about her work. Since I haven’t read her other works, it might just be her style. Jamie and Ian spend so much time touching each other, she may as well have laid down the welcome mat for shippers. Shipping does have a tendency to lead to fanfiction; it’s a fact of life.

Anyway, this is another one of those stories Where the woman does not show up until late. It’s mostly about Jamie and Ian dudebro bonding. Mostly about sex and who’s not getting it. Personally, I would have preferred a story or two from the woman’s point of view, but what do I know? I’m just one of the many readers who was duped into reading this anyhology thinking it might actually be about women. Oh, also there’s a rape that triggers a series of events to lead to more manpain. We all know how I feel about rape as a plot device, and it makes it worse when it is designed to cause manpain.

Review : Dangerous Women – “City Lazarus”

dangerous womenMy reviews for this thing keep getting shorter.  Do you know why? Because there was a point a few stories back where I had given up on the entire thing.  I started reading with no further intent then to finish the thing to mark it for the 2014 reading challenge. This one’s about a stripper who seduces men into killing other men for her.  Men who she believes are ruining her city. Which could have been interesting. Except we had to endure it all through the eyes of the man, and all the feelings he has for this girl. Major snoozefest.


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