Mucker Q&A 3 – Michael Fagone, Team Pat’s Muckers, MuckFest MS Boston

As Boston prepares to get mucky this weekend, we asked MuckFest® MS Boston participant, Michael Fagone, to share some event day tips with our readers.

Michael's sister at MuckFest MS Boston in 2013.

What do you plan to wear to the event?

Last year I wore clothing that was quick drying so that I was not carrying the extra weight of soaked clothing. But this year, we have Pat’s Muckers Team shirts that I designed, so I will wear that.

I definitely found gloves to be a HUGE help last year, so I will be using those again. The gloves were helpful for grip (hello Spinner!) and also kept my hands from getting crazy muddy. I actually hate getting dirty, if you can believe it! I think an older pair of sneakers is a good idea. The pair that I wore last year survived but that wasn’t the case for everyone.

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Mucker Q&A Round 2 – Michael Fagone, Team Pat’s Muckers, MuckFest MS Boston

We’re excited to check back in with Michael Fagone, team captain of Pat’s Muckers. He runs to honor his mother, Pat, who battled multiple sclerosis for 46 years. MuckFest® MS Boston in 2013 was Michael’s first running event of any kind and followed his decision to take control of his health – which resulted in a 240 pound weight loss. We asked Michael some questions about how he approaches training and fundraising for MuckFest MS Boston.

Do you do any special training before the event?

I have mainly been working on my running. I try to run three days a week – one focusing on distance, one for speed work, and a shorter, more straightforward run. I am also doing a couple days of strength training. Though not essential, it can be extremely beneficial when it comes to some of the obstacles. The Spinner, Mt. Muck-imanjaro and Spider Web come to mind! And my trainer insisted that I mention that you should do some stretching after you exercise to promote recovery and increase flexibility.

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Don’t Just Get Silly, Philly: Get Down and Dirty for MS!

Inspired by her sister, local Pennsylvanian Megan Driscoll found a fun way to challenge herself, have fun with friends, and support Multiple Sclerosis (MS). She participated in MuckFest® MS Philadelphia in 2013, a mud obstacle fun and fitness event with a mission to raise funds and hopes for the MS community. This year, the event will be held on May 31 and June 1, 2014. Megan raised nearly $2,300 on her own for the important cause and $3,715 through her team of 17 people.

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MuckFest MS: Why should someone be a part of MuckFest MS this summer? 

Megan Driscoll: Participating in MuckFest MS in Philadelphia is such a great experience. It is a fun day filled with obstacles and mud and people helping each other through the course. There are all kinds of really cool obstacles. The best way I can describe it is that it makes me feel like a kid again when I’m jumping in mud puddles and running through obstacles in the mud. It really is a playground for adults.

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We’re so proud of muckers like Claire Sinclair! Keep up the great work!

QUESTION: Do any veteran muckers have helpful tips for people starting their training?

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In June, I will be participating in my fifth mud-run.  This one, The Muck Fest, benefits MS. It is the third Muck-Fest that I will have participated in.  I run the Muck-Fest with a team from work.  One of our coworkers lost her husband to MS last year and this year we will be running in memory of him.

I use the term, “running” loosely.  I actually am not much of a runner.  I love to walk and exercise but running has never been my thing.  I have been able to complete all five mud runs, but  have never been able to run the whole way.  I usually do a combination of run/walk and the obstacles thrown in throughout the way break up the running.  This year, I would love for it to be my goal to run the whole way.  Will I do it?  Who knows…

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Meet the MuckFest MS Obstacles: The Swing Set

Get to know our MuckFest® MS obstacles in a whole new light. First up in our “Meet the Obstacles” series is The Swing Set. You can’t help but scream for an encore when you catapult off of this mucking awesome launch pad into the muck. Get ready to rock all day and all night with The Swing Set.

If you can’t wait until next week to meet the next obstacle, click here to learn more about the MuckFest MS mud and fun 5k obstacle course.

Learn more about the MuckFest MS obstacle, The Swing Set, on the mud and fun run course.

Get Dirty, Have Fun, Support MS!

Local Bostonian, Staci Colby, has some words of advice for anyone looking for a fun way to stay active, challenge themselves, and raise money for an important cause. Last year she participated in MuckFest® MS Boston, a mud obstacle event with a mission to support the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) community. This year, the event will be held again on April 26th at Devens – Willard Field in Devens, MA.

Why should someone consider participating in an upcoming MuckFest MS event?

I think that everyone should consider participating in MuckFest MS. My team, The Mucky Ones, and I participated last year for the first time and it was even more fun than we expected! We had such a blast challenging ourselves, making friends and especially getting dirty. But MuckFest MS is about more than that. It is a time to come together to raise funds and celebrate hope for the future for everyone living with multiple sclerosis. Dollars raised support programs and services to help people with MS and their loved ones as well as fund research to ultimately end MS forever.

Boston participant Staci Colby.

 

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Mucker Q&A – Michael Fagone, Team Pat’s Muckers, MuckFest MS Boston

Our next guest blog post is from Michael Fagone, a MuckFest® MS Boston Participant. Michael’s mom battled multiple sclerosis for 46 years of her life. After she passed away from melanoma, he was inspired by her strength and courage during her battle with MS and took control of his health – and lost 240 pounds in the process. MuckFest MS was his very first running event of any kind, and his team, Pat’s Muckers, is back (up from just him and his trainer, Jason, in 2013 to 23 and growing in 2014!).

Boston Participant, Michael Fagone, crossing the finish line.

Left: Jason, Michael’s trainer. Right: Michael Fagone .

Q) What made you decide to register for MuckFest MS?

I can still remember the day that I received an email from the National MS Society talking about an event they had called MuckFest MS that was coming to Boston. I mentioned the event to my trainer, Jason, who has done similar events in the past. He immediately said, “I will do it with you if you want.” I responded that I wasn’t looking to do it, it was way above my abilities, and that I was just telling him about it. He said that I could absolutely do it. But I wasn’t sold. I had never done a 5k or an obstacle run of any kind before. I was just coming off a significant weight loss and didn’t think I was ready for a challenge like that. In the following weeks, I could not stop thinking about it. Why couldn’t I do it? It would be a great way to honor my mom, who had battled MS for the majority of her life, and it would be a great challenge for me after my weight loss. I went back to my trainer and said, “Let’s sign up,” and we did. I told no one and made sure that he didn’t either because I was so nervous. But there was no turning back. I was going to do this for my mom and myself.

Q) Why do you support the National MS Society?

My mom was diagnosed with MS at the age of 16. She battled this disease for 46 years of her life. My sister and I grew up watching her struggle every day. Our lives just weren’t like those of our friends. See, we were luckier. Things that other kids took for granted, my sister and I never did. We saw what true strength, courage, and determination was. We saw it personified on a daily basis.

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#TrainingTuesday Training Tips

Happy Training Tuesday!

A couple of weeks ago, we shared fun 5K training tips on our MuckFest MS® blog – think less running and more mechanical bull riding. If you’ve mastered the mechanical bull and you’re looking to add some more intensity to your training regimen, you’ve come to the right blog. We called up our MuckFest MS Jacksonville friends at The HIT Centers of Jacksonville to give us some tips on how to rock the MuckFest MS course with Olympic skill.

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Training Tips

1) Intervals: If you want to improve your cardiovascular fitness, train in high intensity intervals. Studies have shown that working above your anaerobic threshold will improve your fitness level. An example would be running at a high speed for one minute on the treadmill and then resting/recovering at a slower, walking pace for one minute. Sets of ten to twelve are optimal.

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