Woohoo!!! Saturday I completed my Spartan Trifecta for 2015 by finishing the Las Vegas Spartan Super. The Trifecta is simply earned by completing each of the Spartan Race distances, the Sprint (3-5 miles | 20-23 obstacles), Super (8-10 miles | 24-29 obstacles), and Beast (12-14 miles | 30-35 obstacles) in one calendar year. Gotta say it felt great to walk around afterwards with my 3 medals just clinking away!
On Friday afternoon I picked up a teammate from TeamGrinderGlam from the airport who flew in from Austin, TX to run the Super with us! We then drove over to Red Rock Canyon and met up with another teammate who had flown in from NY earlier in the week. It was the first time we all met in person and it was like we were instant friends, no longer just "instagram" friends ;) We had a blast hiking, climbing the rocks, and taking lots of selfies at Red Rock before it was time to meet up with the rest of TeamGrinderGlam for dinner at Bucca Di Beppo on Friday night to carb up! It was a fun evening with yummy food, drinks, lots of laughs, and conversation.
Saturday morning came way too soon, but I had no problem waking up and getting ready! I was full of nervous energy! The venue was about 45 minutes outside of Las Vegas, almost at the California stateline in Jean, NV. There was no on-site parking, so we had to park across the Gold Strike Casino Hotel and then be bussed to the actual location. The lines were long but they moved quickly and the buses were constantly coming and going. Once we got to the venue, it was crowded. I'd already signed my waivers, so I went straight to my packet pickup line. It was a long line and it moved slowly, but we arrived early and had plenty of time to grab my packet, get the kids race packets too, put our bags away, and chill for a bit before our start time.
In my opinion the course was way better than last year's Spartan Super here in Vegas. Aside from the first hilly incline and one other steep mountain side at the beginning of the race, the course was pretty flat and rocky. I was so grateful for all the trail running I've been doing because that rocky, uneven terrain is what I'm used to running on. The obstacles were the same Spartan obstacles I know and love! I felt really good out there on the course and got through most of the obstacles on my own and with a helpful boost over those high walls! My calf cramped up on one of the first walls, which was not fun but after some mustard and a bit of stretching it, I was good to go. I didn't try the rope climb or multi rig obstacles and I failed at the elevated spear throw. Out of principle, I didn't even attempt the tarzan swing. I mean, when your hubby breaks his ankle on that thing, I think it's ok to skip it ;) My goal for the next one is to train and practice a lot on the rope climb and face that fear and work on getting over those walls without help!
The kiddos ran their races while I was still on the course, so I didn't get to see them run their Kid Spartan races. I was kinda bummed about that, but it was awesome to hear the excitement in their voices as they told me all about it. I could tell they were proud of themselves for doing it and of course, I was proud of them too! They rocked that kids' course and they're already asking when they'll do the next one.
Huge shout out and thank you to my hubby! The guy woke up early to drive us to out there, stayed and entertained the kids while I ran the race, took pictures of the kids racing, and of me and the team. He even too pictures of my sister officiating the Spartan Wedding!!! Yes, a couple got married after running Spartan and my sister, who is a part-time officiant for Peachy Keen Unions, got to officiate the ceremony. It was pretty cool and yea, my husband did all of this with his foot in a boot because his ankle is still healing from being broken in January. Yup, the man is a trooper and I love him.
I just can't explain how awesome it feels to run out there, face your fears, and get over those obstacles. Seriously, if you've never done a Spartan Race or any kind of obstacle course race, I suggest you give it a try! You may surprise yourself and love it, just like I did! xo