Ok seriously. That was freaking hard! It’s the next day, and I’m still sore.
Team AiJJAlRi was in full effect (Aileen, JJ, Alan, and Ritchie). 3 of us just came off the 2012 Sun Run and Alan has been training for Tough Mudder. Which I’ve learned that most Spartan Race participants are usually Tough Mudder participants too.
So, the race started hard going through a steep uphill from the get go. At the top of the hill, FIRE! So you jump, and we hear Aileen yell out, “I JUST JUMPED THROUGH FIRE!! YEA!” Soon after, crawl through barbed wire.
Then more uphill running. Thank God for hill repeats, it wasn’t soo bad for me. More uphill through some cemetery and the start of trails.
I’m not a technical trail runner by any stretch. So I’m a bit out of my element, but I make do. I pace behind two ladies who decide that they’re so very fit that they could start gossiping and figuring out travel plans. I’m panting in the background trying not to twist my ankle.
New obstacle: Over and under. Basically 3 walls the height of my chest. The first wall, you had to crawl under, 2nd wall had a middle opening and 3rd wall you had to jump over.
Then came the steepest part of the trail run. Slowed down, cause I was scared out of my mind at the thought of rolling head over ass down the hill.
At this point, I’m thinking, “Hey, if this is mostly running I’m going to get through this in good shape.” Eventually make it out of the trails. Yay! Or so I thought, since this is where the real obstacles start.
Obstacle: Fill 2 buckets half way with rocks and carry it up this really steep hill and back down. Lifesaver here was the gloves that Alan obsessed over. Rocks went in, carried it up. It was really hot, felt like stopping at the top to throw up (but didn’t) and somehow made it down in one piece.
Directly after was another obstacle: 8 foot wall that you had to scale! Erm, I’m 5’8 and I would say, minimal upper body strength. Needless to say, I was nervous. Plus there was a crowd that was gathering from the line-up. Alan was in the line first. Going through my head, “If Alan falls, I’m just going to drop and do my 25 burpees”. So Alan runs, jumps, grabs on to the top, struggles (crowd starts cheering), and somehow pulls himself up and over. Shit! My turn comes, I launch myself off the support of the wall, grab on to the top and almost fall over. Crowd starts cheering, and I somehow swing my legs over and scale the wall. No one more surprised than I.
We wait for Aileen and JJ, we help Aileen over the wall (not that she really needed help).
Short run up a really steep hill, and over to a new obstacle: balance beams. My sense of balance is horrible. I knew I was going to fall over. First set of 25 burpees for me.
Start running again. Up and down some short trails. At this point, I knew the end was close because of the music. Alan and I pass a guy he yells out, “So what time did you two start?”, we say “10:30, you?” He mumbled something. I guess he was an earlier heat. Oh well.
New obstacle: barbed wire and mud. This time, spectators all around. Crawling through mud was all well and good, until around the middle part where the mud got deeper and everything kinda sank. The mud practically reached my shoulders. We somehow got lapped by some guy trying to make good time. Screw him!
Around the corner, military rope climb! Side note: I was waiting around in the beginning and saw this obstacle and was intimidated by this particular one. At this point though, I just wanted it over so grit the teeth (and the mud caught in between them), then up and over.
Around the next corner, javelin throw. The goal was to throw the javelin and have it stick on to a dummy about 15 meters away. Yea, mine didn’t stick. 25 burpees. If you don’t know what a burpee is? Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYfNA_lmkHM
Next is the wall. The objective? Move across the wall sideways. If you fall down, 25 burpees. My arms and legs were too tired and I fell. The last 25 burpees.
Alan and I waited for JJ and Aileen, but I have to say that Aileen almost got through the wall! Almost.
Total burpees? 75! But we’re spartan finishers!