Saturday, April 23, 2016

My Spartaniversary

Facebook reminded me today that 5 years ago on April 23, 2011, I completed my first Spartan Race. I can't help but feel a little warm fuzzies muddies. 
Miami Super 2011
Miami Super 2011
It was my husband who convinced me to join his team and race with a group of tactical law enforcement guys from the Coast Guard. This was the beginning of my venture into the world of functional fitness. It was in preparation for my first Spartan when he first began programming workouts that took me outside the YMCA and into the outdoors. I left the leg press and biceps curls for lunges, kettlebells and battle ropes. 

Miami Super 2012
 After that first race, I was hooked. By that point, I had discovered a love of running. Road races allowed me to track new PRs and stay motivated to train. Spartan races taught me I could marry my passion for lifting and running. High intensity interval training meant that my workouts weren't about resting between sets, but keeping my heart rate up while I trained for strength.
Miami Super 2013
 What I've loved about Spartan Races in particular is the challenge of pushing each person's limits. Obstacles vary in difficulty and complexity-- heavy carries, distance and hills run, mud, water, walls, spear throws. If your training isn't quite where it needs to be, you don't get a free pass. Just as in life, if you fail, there's a price. In Spartan? 30 burpees.
Miami Super 2014
Training and racing Spartan and other OCR's has taught me much about myself. Probably the biggest lesson:
Miami Sprint 2015
When I think I couldn't possibly go any further, I can. 

(Unfortunately, this post isn't sponsored by Spartan Race.)

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