Spartan Sprint

Spartan_Sprint

That’s me finishing the Spartan Race I signed up for long ago with my friend, Sean McMannus.  We ran it on a Saturday morning in February.  Arizona mornings are cold, especially this one.  You don’t feel it while you’re running.

Until you step in water to your waist and climb a 25 foot rope, that’s when you start feeling the cold – in the slosh of your shoes.

You feel it for the next couple of miles and obstacles – climbing a steep mountain with a 50 pound bag of sand, hopping log stumps, climbing 6 foot walls, then 7 feet then 8, dragging a cinder block around a 50 yard track of sand.

You don’t feel the cold until you’re crawling 50 yards under barbed wire.

The first ten seem easy, and then you realize there’s a whole lot more in front of you and there are ditches filled with water.

And they’re spraying it on you.  And it’s cold.

What are you gonna do?

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Keep moving.

And finally, when you’re through the Barbed Wire, there’s an inclined wall full of mud that you climb over with a rope.  Jump over fire – a brief moment of warmth – and then fight through Spartan warriors to get your metal at the Finish.

4.7 miles, 17 obstacles, and a whole lotta fun.

The clean-up wasn’t pretty.  Taking a shower with a water hose – again with the cold water – was not a fond memory.  I left my shoes at the race.

Would I do it again?

In a heartbeat.   Go run a race:   www.spartanrace.com.

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