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.
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.
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.