I cannot begin to explain how excited I was to get back to Temecula, CA and run the Spartan Beast again! I ran it in Sept with my friend, NinjaEve, but due to the shortened course, we got to come back and race it again in Jan! This time, my hubby was running it with me and I knew it would be epic. We left Friday afternoon and after dinner near our hotel, we found a Target and picked up a few supplies before the race on Saturday. Our start time was the 10:30am wave, so we were up early and made it to the race with plenty of time to spare. It was super awesome getting to watch the 1st place elites finish the race and I even got to see my OCR crush Isaiah Vidal...shhh don't tell Jason ;) J/K he knows! He told me to go take a picture with him, but I just couldn't!!!!
Anyhow, I'm not a big fan of play-by-play posts, I think it gets boring to read. I'd much rather you give you the highlights. First, let's just get it over with, here are the obstacles I missed: spear throw (So close! The spear hit the hay, but bounced off) a crazy new obstacle that reminded me of something out of American Ninja Warrior. I think it was called Multi-Rig. It had monkey bars, a long medal rod to shimmy across, and ropes to swing from. Honestly, I didn't even try it. I just did my burpees and moved on. I also didn't try the rope climb or final tarzan swing obstacle. So, that's a total of 120 burpees! Yup, I'm still working on my upper body strength and well, I'm not too fond of heights, but if you follow this blog you know this already (remember: Tough Mudder), so that's the main reason for not even trying the rope climb or tarzan swing. I'm a chicken and I'm ok with that.
As for the rest of the race. It really was epic. Like the Beast in September, those almost 13 miles of hills were brutal. Half the course was uphill and the other half was downhill. Lots of the new obstacles were climbing. High vertical climbs. They were scary, but I got through them and felt good about conquering my fears! I did not like the slip and slide at all! I ended up sliding way too fast, flipped over mid-way and ended up scratching up my belly pretty good. Kinda bummed about it because I really thought it would be a fun obstacle. My 9 year old son said next time, to put my feet up against the "slide" to slow myself down and I'll definitely be trying that trick next time. Thanks, son ;) I was super proud that I passed the memory obstacle. At some point around miles 8-9 or so (I don't remember exactly! LOL)we came up to this big sign right before the sled pull obstacle. Based on the first 2 numbers on our bib, we had to memorize a sequence that began with a word followed by numbers. At a later point in the race, we would be asked to recite it and of course, if we failed, it meant burpees! I was terrified of this. My memory is not the greatest, but I did my best to chant the numbers over and over in my head for the next few miles and I did it! No burpees for me. YAY!! Don't ask me to recite it now, though. I'm sitting here trying to remember but all I can recall is OSCAR...867...and some other numbers....Like I said, my memory is wonky! My favorite obstacles are the pure grit ones. Hercules Hoist, Tire Flips, Atlas Rock, and the sled pulls. They make me feel strong and I don't need help with those. Cuz, I need a boost getting over some of those walls, people! I'm short!
The best feeling ever during the Beast (Besides finishing) was helping a lady with her atlas rock after I did mine. She was so grateful for the help and I was so excited that I was able to give back on the course. Especially, since I'm the one who usually needs the help! LOL I remember during my first Spartan, the Super in Vegas last year, I couldn't lift the atlas rock from the ground and a girl came over and helped me lift it up and I managed to walk it across on my own. I was so grateful to her and everyone else who helped me out there! At each and every race there is never a lack of support!
It took us 5 hours and 27 minutes to finish. Yea, it really did feel like forever and I was so ready to be finished. I was beyond tired at the end. Tired in the best way possible, of course! We managed to get a few pics after the race, but it was getting cold and we were starving! Dinner was an In-N-Out Double Double! Oh yea!! I dream of Double Doubles during the Spartan race. During most of my races, if I 'm being honest.
After our "fancy" diner, we went back to our hotel room, showered, rolled and stretched, and then we just vegged! It was glorious. I put on my comfy socks from the Spartan Survival Kit my fabulous sister put together for me. I sipped on some Sophia sparkling wine and York Peppermint Patty (also from the kit) and watched Terminator Salvation. Quick fact about me: I'm a sucker for the Terminator movies.
Next up, I'll be doing the recap of Sunday's Spartan Sprint so come back soon! Now, how many of you have done a Spartan Race or want to? I'd love to hear your thoughts & experiences on Obstacle Course Races! Don't be shy ;)