Beyond the Course with Angie

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In this interview you’ll meet Angie. She is one of the original members of our team. While with The Running Dead, she’s completed the Spartan Sprint (3x), The Zombie Fun Run (2x) and Run For Your Lives 5k (1x). I guess you can say she is a Spartan killing zombie fanatic! Well, there really isn’t killing in any of these zombie races, but you’ll want Angie on your side rather than a zombie.


What is your current occupation?

I work for a Marketing Department at a Construction Management firm.

How many years have you been doing OCR?

Since the Zombie Run in Oct. 2012.

What are some of your other hobbies besides running?

Ice hockey, dek hockey, Philadelphia Flyers and New Orleans Saints game watching, hiking/mountain climbing, art. 

What is your “comfort” food? Meaning: food that isn’t exactly the healthiest but you’ll eat it anyway.

White pizza or Oreo’s! 

What would you say your nickname on the team would be?

Apparently, “The Beast” haha. I don’t know what I’d name myself though.


1. What was your first OCR event? What did you like about it? What didn’t you like about it?

Zombie Run 2012! The zombie aspect was definitely a nice touch. I loved that it became a game where you had to collect flags as lives. It was like living out a video game and that made for even more motivation to run. I think the only thing I wish was a little different was the challenge level. I love the Spartan Races because I feel like I’m constantly pushing myself. Yet again, they are both meant to be different: one is fun and one is competitive. 

  1. What made you sign up for another race?

The group dynamic certainly helped. To have a team as a personal group that you belong to really helps. You can motivate each other, share laughs and also get excited about upcoming races together.

  1. How many races have you completed?

With The Running Dead I have completed six, I believe. I’m currently signed up for the Spartan PA Super with the group and the Stadium Sprint. On my own I have completed an additional 5 races – none of which were OCR.

  1. Do you do other races besides OCR? (Example: road races, trail runs and etc.)

See above, haha. I just completed my first half marathon in 2015 and have completed many 5ks for various charities as well. I will say that OCR definitely started it all.

  1. How would you say you train for these races? Do you feel it helps?

Loads of time on the treadmill helps me. I’m not exactly a runner, so if I can train my body to endure the running, I’m golden. I’m extremely stubborn and I have no issues getting myself to do the heavy lifting. What I DO need to start training on is rope climbing. I definitely struggle with the footwork and it’s something I have to focus on.

  1. What is the hardest (non-obstacle) challenge you face on race day? How do you overcome this challenge? (Example: fear of heights, being intimidated, being embarrassed and etc.)

Fear of letting myself down. I put a lot of pressure on myself to not slow the team down or to finish everything. It’s all psychological. I do my very best: that’s all I can do. And if I struggle with something, I note it in my mind, train for it, and aim to ace at it the next time around. At the end of the day, if you’re not having fun, it’s not worth doing.

  1. Which obstacle is your favorite to attempt?

I think the whole team knows this: I love monkey bars. It’s like being a kid at the playground and it’s something I know I’m good at. HOWEVER, my favorite challenge is always the spear toss. It’s a love hate relationship really because I have yet to succeed, but it’s always fun to try. 

  1. Which obstacle do you wish you didn’t have to attempt?

Swimming. I’m not a strong swimmer and have had touch and go moments when the water levels were too high from rain overnight. It sucks too because the water feels amazing during the summer races. I want to like it, but honestly it’s just scary to me. 

  1. Which obstacle has been the hardest that you completed?

Barbed wire crawls. At least for Spartan since the barbed wire areas are so long. By the end of that obstacle, your hands and knees are raw and your stamina is tested to its limits. I definitely feel the most drained after that obstacle. 

  1. Which obstacle have you not completed but are determined to overcome?

The darn rope. We’re not friends. I’m fine with the horizontal rope, but the vertical rope is something I consistently struggle with. I really need to learn to get my footing right and pull. I’ll get there though.

  1. What do you enjoy most about race day?

Not really obstacle or race related, but actually the people on the course. Spartan / Zombie Run…it doesn’t matter the race. I have always been lucky enough to meet great people on the courses who genuinely want to help each other out, make each other laugh or encourage each other. 

  1. Would you recommend OCR to someone? What would you say to them about it?

I ALWAYS recommend OCR to people. I say it’s a great way to challenge yourself and have a great time too. 

  1. Why do you run these races?

Coming from someone who went from 205 lbs, to my current 128 lbs… as someone who is 5’6″ and should not weigh that much for my frame, for me it started as health. How can I push my body to be the best it can be? At 205 lbs… I know I would never have even attempted one of these races. I know I would easily tell myself I couldn’t do it or I may have even quit. I started improving my health and quality of life and started taking on the challenges that I knew I would never even attempt before. For me, each time I do these races, it’s a chance to prove to myself that I will never be where I was before. 


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