|This is how you celebrate when you're almost finished a race... like that scene from Rocky!|
On Saturday I ran in a race called The Spartan Sprint with my boyfriend, brother, and his girlfriend.
The Spartan Sprint is a 5 km obstacle course designed by US Marines. Absolutely grueling, but also incredibly fun!
Spoiler Alert! If you are considering doing the race, I suggest not reading on! Half the fun of the race is not knowing what obstacles are coming your way!
So the race consists of a 5 km trail run and a series of obstacles. Each year and race the obstacles are different, and you aren't told what they are before the race. Going into the race without knowing the obstacles absolutely adds to the excitement. This year the obstacles were (in order of appearance):
Fire jump; run through a river; blow up a balloon while running uphill; standing on a bridge, pull a rock tied to a rope up from the river; carry a bucket of rocks up a hill; a tent run; a balance beam; a rock pull; a wall climb; crawl through the mud under barbed wire; scale a cargo netting A-Frame; a javelin throw; a wall scale; and finally... dodge a real life spartan!!
|Barbed Wire Injuries|
|Scale a Wall|
|Menacing Spartan Guy|
It was a great race, but totally exhausting. The best thing about it was the sense of comradery between the contestants. Everyone cheered you on and was quick to offer help if you were having trouble with one of the obstacles.
I was nervous that I wasn't in good enough shape to complete it, but that turned out to be a waste of worrying-energy. Everyone did the race at their own pace, and there were definitely some places I slowed it down to a walk!
Still feel like you need to work on your fitness a bit before the race? Head over to Amazon.com and pick up the Navy Seal Fitness Guide. It comes with an instructional DVD, 12 week fitness program, and even works for the beginner Spartan Sprinter. $15 well spent if you want to make the best of your race.
Check out the Spartan Sprint website (http://www.spartanrace.com/) for videos or more info.