The Spartan RaceI gave this a go for the first time on Saturday...
Posted Aug 20 2012 9:28am
The Spartan Race
I gave this a go for the first time on Saturday with 3 fellow trainers. My personal time was 34:50, and a team finish of 20th out of 311.
Let me tell you this was hard race. 5 kilometres is not bad. However when your running steep hills, jumping over tires and walls, crawling through mud, and making your way through brush, the game changes a little. The hardest part of all is when your feet step out of the mud and you feel like you gained an extra 5 pounds.
One of the very last obstacles was crawling under 10 meters of barb wire. Half of the distance is muddy, then last half had water, wood chips, and Im pretty sure ice. I know there was wood chips because we were pulling them out of our shorts when we were done. The first half I rolled sideways which was quicker but it made me delirious. It’s a good thing the water wasn’t higher because I would have drowned. Once you got out of that part you had another 2 meters of softer mud, which was easier to crawl through, but at this point you were covered head to toe. No matter how much you were able to rub off you weighed much more than when you started, and there were two final walls to climb.
I liked this sort of run over a 10K because of the variety. At first I was disappointed I couldn’t bring my music, but I really had no time to think about it. In fact I had no time to think it all. It’s so good for our brains and our bodies to get challenged in this sort of scenario. When your in a situation like that it really shows how hard you’re willing to push yourself to achieve something you want. If you can’t push yourself to the limits from time to time, you’ll never get ahead. Participating in events like this could really change your perspective on the world and people around you.
I’ve always said this about exercise, and this is truly what I love about it the most. Not the results, the attitude and drive you get from it. Not every competition or style of training is for everyone, but its all worth a try to you find something you like. Some people are more self motivated and like to work out on their own, some people like group training, others like races. What ever it is, get out there and figure it out.