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Old 09-15-2017, 09:43 PM   #51
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I ended the work week well. 50.5 total miles rucking 40# or heavier. 16 of those miles were at 52#. Surprisingly, my legs are not sore at all. Especially given that the most rucking I had done in a week at those weights was 30!

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Easy 8 miles and change this morning. Just maintenance rucks before training starts in earnest for Bataan and Boston in 2018.

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Good stuff Mark, how much plate weight in your GR1?

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I just use my Army large ruck. Usually wear silkies and my combat boots.
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Just 30# today. It was freaking humid this morning. I was drenched by the time I got back to the truck.
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Very interesting thread. Is there a good beginners guide you can recommend or website or you tube?
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I just use my Army large ruck. Usually wear silkies and my combat boots.
I know there are "better" commercial rucks than military standard issue... but I actually would like to get one.

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Just 30# today. It was freaking humid this morning. I was drenched by the time I got back to the truck.
Yeah... story of my summer The last couple weeks had been nice... but back to having to change every bit of clothing and hanging them to dry.

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Very interesting thread. Is there a good beginners guide you can recommend or website or you tube?
Outside of goruck.com which is more than just rucking... it is a team event/experience... I just googled to find some military threads/vids with those who talked about rucking, etc.

It is pretty basic... good pack, good footwear and get out and walk. The #1 thing I spent the most time on was pack selection and how to weigh it down and get the weight where you want it (close to upper back.)

Feel free to ask questions on this thread...

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This work week was less miles than last. 40 miles of heavy rucking. 16 miles @ 40#, 14 miles @ 52#, and the last two days I went and did 10 miles @ 62@. Today was 7 of those 10 miles.

62# is pretty different. I can only get to about 3.2 mph average and my back feels it after an hour. But... it makes 40# seem like I am toting around air.

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Old 10-01-2017, 04:13 PM   #61
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Old 10-01-2017, 04:22 PM   #62
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^^^^ Awesome!

With season opener I forgot to update this thread. Had come down with a cold over the weekend and for the first time in a very long time, I didn't even hit 15000 steps... more like 2k. Monday I walked, but didnt ruck. However, I finished off the week with about 15 miles with the 62# ruck and 26 miles total. Not the best week, but all things considered... I expect the fall to slow down some due to other distractions... like being in the woods.

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I’m registered. Who else is in?
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Old 10-01-2017, 06:06 PM   #64
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This makes my lower back sore just reading it.
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This makes my lower back sore just reading it.
Oddly enough my back doesnt suffer. My traps sometimes feel it... my hip flexors too.

Putting the load in the proper place... high on your back... with a frame to distribute the load to your hips is key.

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Old 10-02-2017, 09:18 PM   #66
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I got my pack frame today! It's a ALPS Commander. I like it so far. I loaded it up with about 30-40 lbs bag of corn and hiked up and down some hills this evening. I should have done this sooner!


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One of my fitness goals for the upcoming year is to run a 5k while wearing a ruck sack. Which pack is best to jog with? Thanks
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:40 PM   #69
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So far October has hit me pretty hard in the volume department. I haven't even really put in a ton of steps period. My cold turned out to be just severe allergies, but it still hits you pretty hard.

One thing I did do is upped my heavy pack from 62# to 65# and my normal pack from 35# to 40#. Obviously not a big jump (only 5%), but it is a mental thing. If I recall correctly 65# was some military weight for some sort of selection... but I can't remember.

Monday I put in a little over 6 miles with the 65#... as well as 3.5 miles Tuesday and 5 miles today. That puts me at almost 15 miles so far this week. I did start feeling it a bit in my lower back and I've noticed that the duffle has compressed height wise and bulged out at the bottom, which means the weight has shifted lower. So I need to pull the trigger and get a narrower bag that I can load up much higher on the back. I am sitting at 180lbs and 40% is just about 70lbs so I don't have much more to go.
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After a few weeks of inconsistency... I was able to string 5 days together and put in a little over 30 miles with the 65# ruck.

Time to up to 70#

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My favorite workout to do by a long shot is throwing 60# on my back and just walking. Turn on a podcast and I can go for days. It comes in handy when you want to hunt and pack out your deer without dragging anywhere.

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Old 12-11-2017, 01:05 PM   #72
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Starting this today. Going to pick up a sack of corn after work....already have a pack with hip belt.
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I was not in the military anybody know of a good ruck sack you can buy for this?


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After a few weeks of inconsistency... I was able to string 5 days together and put in a little over 30 miles with the 65# ruck.

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Are there any good areas to ruck around Tomball/Cypress/Montgomery area? I would like to start doing weekend rucks, I miss living in Arizona where I could go do hike all the time!
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Starting this today. Going to pick up a sack of corn after work....already have a pack with hip belt.
Awesome. A 50# sack of corn is a pretty big weight to start off with if you haven't done that much weight before. I eased into the 50-60# range and I am glad I did.

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Are there any good areas to ruck around Tomball/Cypress/Montgomery area? I would like to start doing weekend rucks, I miss living in Arizona where I could go do hike all the time!
I liked doing long rucks around the woodlands trailways. I did a long one and covered it Live here: http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...highlight=ruck

Spring creek park has a good 2 mile, rolling terrain that I've been wanting to do to mix it up... but I just walk around my neighborhood to get used to the weight on the back and train up the core... I'm due to hit some hills with the pack and there are some good areas around that can give me some of that.
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I will be doing my first ruck in february.

13.1 miles with 50# for my brother in law.

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Awesome. A 50# sack of corn is a pretty big weight to start off with if you haven't done that much weight before. I eased into the 50-60# range and I am glad I did.
Alright. I took your advice. Opted out of the corn and used a case of 12ga shells. Pack with shells came in at 27.8lbs. Due to time constraints, I only did a mile (13:46). Felt good afterwards... shoulders were a little fatigued, but the hip belt really helps with giving the shoulders a break. We'll see how it all feels in the morning! Should have more time tomorrow....might try for 1.5 - 2 miles.
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I will be doing my first ruck in february.

13.1 miles with 50# for my brother in law.

https://projectblue.redpodium.com/jail-break-ruck
Have any more details on this... it doesn't have location information (or I am blind... which might be the case...) I do see in the waiver section a mention of "city of Baytown" so if it is in Baytown... I may do this. I have rucked long distances, but never attended an official "rucking" event. 13.1 miles would be fun.
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Have any more details on this... it doesn't have location information (or I am blind... which might be the case...) I do see in the waiver section a mention of "city of Baytown" so if it is in Baytown... I may do this. I have rucked long distances, but never attended an official "rucking" event. 13.1 miles would be fun.

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That Jail Break ruck looks interesting and it fits in with the Bataan training as well. I think a few of us may head out that way.
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That Jail Break ruck looks interesting and it fits in with the Bataan training as well. I think a few of us may head out that way.


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1369 Sent me this link last month for the 1,000 mile challenge. My wife and I signed up last week and have already logged some miles. I am only going to log my rucking miles, she will log both rucking/walking.

https://charitychallenges.org/regist...enge-2018-usa/

I didn't close out my 2017 year very strong. With business travel, holidays, wet weather, etc I dropped in overall miles in general. I did however end with 9 millions steps which was approximately 4k miles (mostly walking, not rucking.)

Still plan on the jail break ruck.
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Good thread. I'm still having nightmares from the two 25 milers I did with full gear, flak jacket, helmet, pack and crew served weapons (60 mm mortar).
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Bataan training kicks off tomorrow morning at 0500.

More than likely in 20 degree weather.

Probably gonna look like Ralphie's little brother from "A Christmas Story" when it's time to step off...
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To say this mornings first training ruck for Bataan was a tad "airish" would be a slight understatement.

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To say this mornings first training ruck for Bataan was a tad "airish" would be a slight understatement.
Good job Mark! The alarm went off at 530 and my walking/rucking partner (wife) was not feeling well, and so I decided to sleep in as well when I saw the 22 degree temps. Brought my 40# ruck to work so I could walk during lunch instead.

The last two days... rucking in below freezing (28 & 30) haven't really been that bad... but the cold has a way of killing your immune system and I want to be able to ruck the rest of the week and on.

BTW, you sign up for the 1000 mile challenge yet?
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Already on it. 0.54% complete!
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Already on it. 0.54% complete!


Knocked out 2 miles with the 40#er just before work and just put down another 4 during lunch... Puts me at 1.72% complete Just 3 more miles before my first checked box.

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I wish my town had more hills. 50# isnít much of a challenge in our flat town.
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Well...

I wish we had more hills too so 50# would be MORE challenging... especially on shorter 1 hour rucks. But I would offer up that just walking around with 50# supported by your back/chest/hips for a long distance (12+ miles) is quite a challenge, even when the terrain is pretty flat.

Oh and 50# never really seems all the easy the first time you put it on Pretty much because in order to pack heavy weight comfortably, your body really needs to develop that core strength for weight stabilization. Even walking on flat ground, your hip flexors are going to scream after a while.

But I still agree... 50# on flat ground doesn't seem that challenging... now... after several months of doing it.
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I wish we had more hills too so 50# would be MORE challenging... especially on shorter 1 hour rucks. But I would offer up that just walking around with 50# supported by your back/chest/hips for a long distance (12+ miles) is quite a challenge, even when the terrain is pretty flat.



Oh and 50# never really seems all the easy the first time you put it on Pretty much because in order to pack heavy weight comfortably, your body really needs to develop that core strength for weight stabilization. Even walking on flat ground, your hip flexors are going to scream after a while.



But I still agree... 50# on flat ground doesn't seem that challenging... now... after several months of doing it.


Yeah I know Iím carrying it a little wrong because my shoulders start to feel it first, but I just wish that I could get my heart rate up and keep it there with more incline instead of the time tradeoff of a longer ruck.
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Yeah I know Iím carrying it a little wrong because my shoulders start to feel it first, but I just wish that I could get my heart rate up and keep it there with more incline instead of the time tradeoff of a longer ruck.
Ah, okay... I get what you are saying. Yeah, it would be nice to get a higher cardio benefit from rucking and inclines would help with that. I've always viewed it more as a strength/endurance type of workout... slow and strong. I've only ever got a good cardio workout when I used to ride a bike (can't run) and I've kept putting off trying to improve that aspect of my fitness again (sustained high intensity.)

I have an overpass with a walk way near work that I plan on hitting in the spring during lunch to get some elevation work.... will be pretty boring... but focused. Also have a few good buildings with 8 flights of stairs to mix in.
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Ah, okay... I get what you are saying. Yeah, it would be nice to get a higher cardio benefit from rucking and inclines would help with that. I've always viewed it more as a strength/endurance type of workout... slow and strong. I've only ever got a good cardio workout when I used to ride a bike (can't run) and I've kept putting off trying to improve that aspect of my fitness again (sustained high intensity.)



I have an overpass with a walk way near work that I plan on hitting in the spring during lunch to get some elevation work.... will be pretty boring... but focused. Also have a few good buildings with 8 flights of stairs to mix in.


I thought you might have miss took that earlier.

Core strength is definitely a strength of mine which is why I want the cardio. I hate running, donít have a bike and with 4 kids I barely have the time to ruck and I usually donít go unless my wife bribes me
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Wife asked if I wanted to go for a stroll after dinner... so another 3.6 miles in with the 65er and I have 20 miles for the new year. Hope my calves forgive me in the morning.

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Yeah I know Iím carrying it a little wrong because my shoulders start to feel it first, but I just wish that I could get my heart rate up and keep it there with more incline instead of the time tradeoff of a longer ruck.
This is probably going to come off as a smart arse answer, but I don't mean it that way.

Just walk at a faster pace.

Seriously. If you have some kind of tracking device that can show you your pace while walking, use that to create a baseline. Meaning, go for a normal ruck under load and see what you get. Say it shows you're moving at 20:00 min/mile. Next time, bump that up to 19:00 min/mile and see how that feels. And then keep going from there. You don't have to run, but walking at a faster pace, and maintaining that pace over distance will make a difference in your cardio.

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Old 01-04-2018, 09:33 AM   #98
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This is probably going to come off as a smart arse answer, but I don't mean it that way.



Just walk at a faster pace.



Seriously. If you have some kind of tracking device that can show you your pace while walking, use that to create a baseline. Meaning, go for a normal ruck under load and see what you get. Say it shows you're moving at 20:00 min/mile. Next time, bump that up to 19:00 min/mile and see how that feels. And then keep going from there. You don't have to run, but walking at a faster pace, and maintaining that pace over distance will make a difference in your cardio.



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I walk as fast as I can without breaking into a jog Not sure on the pace, but I have short legs so itís not super fast, but itís as fast as I can go lol
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I walk as fast as I can without breaking into a jog Not sure on the pace, but I have short legs so itís not super fast, but itís as fast as I can go lol
I've not used it (I have a Garmin GPS I use for my tracking), but a quick Google spit out "iSmoothRun" as a highly rated app ($5 and looks only for iPhone). I took a quick look and you can use it to set up a "virtual training partner" which means you input a certain pace you want to move at and when you hit start it will constantly let you know if you're over/under your pace.
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What do you guys think of this pack for a beginner? It's in the budget and I can pick it up today.

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