Monday, July 16, 2012






Oh yes.  I finished the Spartan Race.  It took about 5 hours.  It was uphill for more miles than I would like to count.  There were multiple obstacles, some fun some brutal.  I would never have completed this race without my hubby who stayed by my side the whole race. I offered him the chance to go ahead, but he declined.  He sometimes finished an obstacle before me, but he always waited for me.

I will say that several years ago I could not have completed this race.  I honestly couldn't have gotten up the hills.  I would have died.  I wouldn't have had the mental capacity to see it through.  I would have thrown in the towel and been the .01% of people who do not complete it.  Just 6 months ago I wouldn't have been able to do many of the upper body obstacles I did do - climb a rope up the mountain; pull a 30 pound cement block by a chain down a hill, through water, and back again; using a rope, lift a 30ish pound weight straight up in the air and put it down; climb up an inclined wall by rope with someone spraying a fire house at you.  I know I am in the best shape of my life.  But, I also know I am still woefully overweight and under trained.  If nothing else, Spartan Race gave me a measure of where I am.

I will do a race review.  It's going to take awhile to get it together.  It was a long race.  Check out For The Love Of The Run's review here.  She doesn't talk too much about the course itself or the obstacles, but the mental thought process.  It's a good review and she makes multiple points that I agree with.


5 comments:

  1. You did awesome. Thanks for encouraging me throughout it! I was ready to give up at the Spartan pancake obstacle, and you encouraged me through all the way to where I broke my assbone. :-)

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  2. I gave you the option to quit after the ass incident too, but you didn't. You only have yourself to blame. ;-P

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  3. Ok ok... I have a bone to pick with you. You are NOT NOT NOT woefully overweight. It practically insults all of American womankind that you think you are. (Don't take that too much to heart just hear me out...) I honestly thought that when I met you I was going to greet a fat lady and wonder how the hell she was going to get through this race because of how you describe yourself!!! When my teammates asked about the "other two" people on our team, I actually TOLD them that you were a big woman. They thought I was being an a$$ when we met you- that I was the mean girl saying mean things about you- because they did NOT meet a fat woman!!! And I had to explain to them that this is how you always describe yourself and I had never met you in person and that I was kind of sad that you actually THINK that way about yourself! Stop that! You are fit and healthy and strong. You look like someone who could run, kick ass, and finish this stupid Spartan race... If you want to drop a few pounds, fine, say that... stop saying you're overweight. You aren't.

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  4. first of all, AMEN to what Valiant said. she is 100% correct and i couldn't have said it better.

    second of all, i am so incredibly proud of you!! you are amazing and inspiring!

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  5. Yeah! What they said x1000!

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