This weekend, Greg and completed our first Spartan Race. Despite the fact that it hurts to put on my pants now, we had a lot of fun.
This was the muddiest race I’ve ever run. I must’ve eaten a full mouthful of New York mud.
This race was incredibly hard!! Luckily, Greg was there to help me out, because if you don’t finish an obstacle, you have to do burpees at each one. First of all, the course was on a freakin’ ski resort! There were no flat areas; it was 4 1/2 miles of steep climbs and downhills.
Here are my thoughts on some of the obstacles:
Barb Wire Crawl
Does this look crazy to you? Because it definitely is. It was about the length of a football field uphill, AND a guy was constantly waving a fire hose around, spraying us down. That turned out to be all right, because it made the ground a little squishier and softer on the knees. This obstacle took the longest, because of the distance and amount of people. Also the part where I got the most beat up on my knees and elbows.
We had a pet rock for a little bit. This part wasn’t too bad. Greg wanted to take it with him for the rest of the race, but there was no stealing of the rocks allowed.
Greg tried to help me on this one, but when he reached for my foot, I screamed, “No, no, don’t touch it!!” and promptly fell off the wall.
Carry more heavy shit uphill. They gave us a heavy bean bag type weight and we carried it in a big uphill-downhill loop. Lots of people were using them as cushions while they sat exhausted on the hill. We saw one woman sitting on a log near the top screaming, “Why did I sign up for this???”
I tried this one, but my upper body was pooped. I felt like a fish trying to climb out of the water. Maybe next time.
Greg had to boost me up on a few of the high walls, but it felt incredible scaling them and leaping over the side.
This is the part where you feel most like a bad-ass, because it’s at the very end, and you have no idea why you just did all of that shit but it feels freakin’ awesome, and now you’re just gonna jump over some fire, ’cause it’s in your way.
Compared to other races I’ve run or been to, the atmosphere was totally different. We didn’t see any costumes during our run on the Spartan Race, which was surprising to me. The Warrior Dash and Tough Mudder seem to be a lot more playful, and the Spartan Race took itself more seriously.
I enjoy the crazy atmosphere of guys dressed like Catwoman, and the more laid-back attitude of the other races. The obstacles on this course were killer, though, and challenged me like I’ve never had before.
They haven’t updated the page with results and photos yet, I hope they do soon!
I’m gonna try to recover my body before we do the ROC Race
this weekend!! I’m so excited.
Would you ever do a Spartan Race?
What’s your favorite obstacle course?