If you aren’t aware of how much I adore the Spartan Race series, you clearly haven’t been paying attention to anything I say. Unless, of course, you are new here, thanks to the recent blog fiasco of 2013. In which case…welcome! There are a few things you should know about me: I hate peanut butter, I’ve never been to Las Vegas, and I love Spartan races.
And the obsession began.
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There are a bazillion (general estimate) mud runs and obstacle course races available for the weekend warrior to tackle. Having run numerous OCR’s myself, I can tell you that most of them are what I would consider “fun runs”. Sure, they take a certain level of athleticism, and they may make you step outside of your comfort zone (especially if you hate mud), but they aren’t a huge challenge. They are fun.
Spartan Races are not “fun”, in the traditional sense. They are hard. They will challenge you, both physically and mentally, and you will be forced out of your comfort zone. Freezing cold water, fire, heights, and dark confined spaces are just a few of the discomforts you will face. Unlike many of the other races out there, at a Spartan Race you will be timed, ranked, and judged. Fail or choose to skip an obstacle? You must pay the penalty of 30 chest to ground burpees, per missed obstacle.
Watch this video to get an idea of what you may (or may not…Spartan Race doesn’t reveal obstacles before the event) face on race day:
Sounds awful, right? In reality, it is quite the opposite. There is something so amazing about pushing yourself beyond your limits, and seeing what you are truly made of. There is a reason why Spartan Race’s motto is “you’ll know at the finish line.” And while challenging for sure, I certainly believe anyone who trains for it, and who really wants it, can complete a Spartan Race.
And eventually, as crazy as it may sound, this stepping outside of your comfort zone thing? It becomes…FUN.
Spartan Race offers races across the country, with a variety of distances: sprint (3-5 miles), super (8 ish miles), beast (13+ miles), Ultra beast (26+ miles) or the Death Race (48-60+ hours. Yes, hours.) And for the little ones: Spartan kids races.
There is so much MORE I could tell you about Spartan Races, but lets get to the point of this post: the giveaway. So if you are interested in more, and would like to read more of my rambling, please check out some of my Spartan Race reviews.
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