Badass Dash Las Vegas Race Recap

This past weekend I ran the Badass Dash for the first time at Sam Boyd Stadium.  I ran 2 other Badass Dashes a few years ago, both were at Silverton Casino and they were lots, so I was looking forward to checking this race out.  I ran with a team of 4 others, 2 girls and 2 boys, plus me! The Badass Dash is a 7K (4.4 mile) obstacle course adventure race.  

We had a 9am start time and by then it was pretty warm outside and we were ready to get started.  Unfortunately, they don't stagger wave start times the way Spartan Races or larger marathon events do.  So, there were hundreds of people lined up for the 9am start.  They couldn't let all hundreds of us go at the same time since that would cause major congestion on course, so they let us go about 50 at a time every 5 minutes. It worked out great because there was no bottlenecking at obstacles however we waiting in the sun for almost an hour and that was no fun. I would suggest they give us staggering or wave start times, so we don't have to just wait in line for so long! That would help us prepare a lot better and we wouldn't have to wait an hour in line! 

The Badass Dash is not intended to be a super intense race like the Spartan Races or Tough Mudders.  They are geared towards having fun and are a great introduction to obstacle course races.  They have over 40 obstacles, from super easy to difficult, throughout the course which is nice! I felt like the walls were challenging but also achievable for most, so that was a big plus!  Being in a stadium, I was totally expecting the stairs to be part of the race, and boy did I feel the burn on those! Once we got through the up and down of pretty much the entire stadium stairs + all the ones outside, they set up the last 10 or so obstacles in the middle of the field.  I really thought that was pretty neat and totally different for me, since I haven't ran a Spartan Stadium Sprint yet.  Lastly, they cooled us off with a fun car wash/spider web obstacle before crossing the finish! 

Once my team was finished, it was then time for the kiddos to race! They were running with their friends which made it super fun for them.  Both Diego and Elysse did the 2K (1.2 mile) Kid Dash.  Remember those killer stairs I mentioned? This was also part of their race and I am so proud that they pushed through on those! The rest of the kid obstacles were also all in the middle of the stadium.  They did most of the same last 10+ obstacles we had during our race as well.  All 4 of them finished strong and had a great time, even if they did complain a bit about the heat! 

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I would totally recommend this race if you're new to obstacle course racing and even if you are an OCR junkie! It's challenging and fun :) Go out there and give it a try.  You just might surprise yourself :) 

 

Las Vegas Spartan Super | Race Recap

Spartan Races are some of my favorite races ever! I've done more Spartan Races than any other race, with a total of 9 races - 2 Beasts, 4 Supers, and 3 Sprints! I love the Spartan Races because although they are challenging and tough, there is a great spirit of camaraderie and fun too! And you can't beat that feeling of accomplishment when you conquer obstacles you trained so hard for. Plus: free beer at the finish! 

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I hadn't planned on running the Las Vegas Spartan Super this year because I'm a wimp.  The race was scheduled to be at the same location as last year and the course was super sandy and I remember how much I did not enjoy trying to run 4 miles or so in sand. But, when a friend of a friend found out she couldn't run it just 2 weeks before race day, I jumped on the opportunity to have her race deferred to me! I couldn't resist.  The 8 + miles wouldn't be a problem because I've been training for the Zion Half Marathon coming up April 1st.  The obstacles and sand however, were a whole other story! Although I knew I couldn't get myself in top shape in just 2 weeks and I knew my upper body strength was nowhere it had been, I didn't think it would be so hard.  But, yikes did I struggle!  It was especially sad to struggle on obstacles that I don't normally struggle with. I had a lot of help from my teammates and fellow racer on course.  Like I said, all that help and support from fellow Spartans is what makes me love this race series!  My teammates and I finished strong and for 3 of the 5 of us, it was their first Spartan Race ever.  Seeing my friend conquer obstacles she didn't think she could was so awesome and really made that race special for me! 

This race was such a wake up call for me.  Like I said, I finished the race and I had a ton of fun running it but deep down I know I can perform better.  So, what do you do when you don't run your best race? You literally wash off the mud and sign up for another one! In my case, you sign up for the Spartan Beast + Sprint coming up in October in Big Bear Lake, CA and aim to get that Trifecta one more time.  Let the training begin! AROO!


Have you ever ran a Spartan Race or OCR? What's your favorite race series?   

 

 

Spartan Race | Las Vegas Super 2016

 Posing for the camera with a few of our Endure Boot Camp pals

Posing for the camera with a few of our Endure Boot Camp pals

Earlier this month, Jason and I completed the Las Vegas Spartan Super, which was actually in Mesquite, AZ about 1.5 hr outside of Vegas.  This was my 6th Spartan Race and Jason's comeback race.  After breaking his ankle in the January 2015 Spartan Sprint in Temecula, he was off racing for the year.  His plan was to run the Spartan Super last year to complete his first trifecta and he was super bummed about not being able to run it.  So it made perfect sense for him to call this his "redemption" race.  Not only was this his comeback Spartan Race, it was his first race since the accident. 

We had a start time of 12:30pm, so we didn't have to leave too early in the morning.  My sister, nephew, and my nephew's friend came to cheer us on and take photos along the way!  Huge thanks for the pics!! Since we were both running, we decided to leave the kiddos at home with my parents this time.  I'm glad we did since they would have been bored and whiny, especially the little one.  It was pretty warm that afternoon and we didn't see my family until we were almost done.

The first half of the course was pretty flat but super sandy (Get it, super sandy..) The second half was not as sandy but had us going up and down the side of this huge hill, that may as well have been a mountain about 3-4 times. Up and down we went. We had all the tried and true obstacles Spartan Race is known for.  I knew that with all my marathon training, I'd not been focusing on upper body strength, so I fully expected to need lots of help over walls and monkey bars.  Thanks to the hubs I made it over all the walls!  I was so proud of him for getting over those walls without assistance, beast mode status!  I will admit though, that I was a little nervous the entire time and probably asked 50 times if his ankle was ok or how his ankle was holding up.  

 It's always so much more fun going downhill than up!

It's always so much more fun going downhill than up!

 I always like to pretend I'm walking through a field of chocolate frosting during this part of the race.  It's just the right consistency, but sadly, not quite the same smell!!

I always like to pretend I'm walking through a field of chocolate frosting during this part of the race.  It's just the right consistency, but sadly, not quite the same smell!!

After 8 miles and lots of obstacles later, we finally made it to the finish line.  Our time was not fast, but we finished together with a few scrapes and bruises, but no broken bones! Success.  

 That kid up there is my 15 year old nephew who is gonna rock the Spartan Race when he runs his first race with, hopefully this year ;) 

That kid up there is my 15 year old nephew who is gonna rock the Spartan Race when he runs his first race with, hopefully this year ;) 

So have you ever ran a Spartan Race? Love it, hate it?  What races do you have planned for this spring season? Can't wait to read all about it.