2015 SoCal Spartan Beast Recap

I absolutely love the Spartan Festival areas.  There's always something fun going on and just have a nice community feel to them! 

I absolutely love the Spartan Festival areas.  There's always something fun going on and just have a nice community feel to them! 

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! 

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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. 

Proud Moment!

Proud Moment!

We donated our shoes! They ran some good races, but it was time to retire them.

We donated our shoes! They ran some good races, but it was time to retire them.

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 ;)


Update: Spartan Races + Injury

I've been MIA again for a little over a week.  This was not my intention at all.  I planned on getting back from the Spartan Beast & Sprint giddy with excitement and ready to share the experience here on the blog.  But, sometimes life doesn't go as planned.  

First, the good news: 

1.  The SoCal Spartan Beast was an amazing experience again.  I'm glad Jason and I finished strong, albeit exhausted!  

2.  We both finished the Spartan Sprint and because the event had been rescheduled from September, we got both the 2014  and the 2015 medals.  Woohoo, I finally got my Spartan Trifecta for 2014!  

And now, the bad news:

Jason hurt himself on the last obstacle.  It was a Tarzan swing type thing, where you had to swing from one end to the other without touching the water trench that was in the middle.  Sadly, Jason's foot hit the edge of the trench and fell into the water.  He knew he was hurt pretty badly and got help getting out of the water.  Meanwhile, I was on the side doing my burpee penalty.  I didn't even attempt that obstacle!  I saw him limping towards the finish line, but assumed it was a leg cramp.  Once I crossed the finish line, I saw that he was hurt and he immediately called for medic.  That is of course, once that finisher medal was around his neck!  True Spartan.  At the medic tent I could see his ankle was super swollen and after they bandaged his ankle and put ice on it, we got a ride to our car and were told to go to the hospital.  I had about 5 minutes to run to bag check for our stuff, grab our finisher tshirts, and on Jason's insistence, I purchased the Trifecta  holder I was waiting to buy after the race.  Once I got back to the medic tent, Jason was already in the van that was taking us and a few other injured Spartans back to our cars.  

We knew getting him to the hotel room would be difficult, so we stopped at Wal-Mart and I bought him some crutches.  Thank goodness for elevators!  We made it to our room and decided to not rush home, but rather keep the foot iced, elevated, and give him ibuprofen.  Throughout the entire ordeal Jason remained calm and said he wasn't in  much pain.  The next morning, we checked out and arrived to Vegas a little before noon.  We went straight to the urgent care and after getting his xray, it was confirmed his ankle was fractured and we got a referral to see a podiatrist the next morning.  At the appointment, we learned his injury and fracture was pretty bad and had to have surgery.  Surgery was scheduled for Thursday morning.  I'm relieved to say that surgery went well and he's healing now.  We're doing everything we can to keep him comfortable, but of course he isn't able to move much and he needs to keep his leg elevated, so he isn't always feeling great.   But, the doctor is sure he'll make a speedy recovery!  Not sure he'll be doing another Spartan race anytime soon, but we'll see ;) 

Big thanks to all our family and friends for the visits, phone calls, texts, and messages on facebook and instagram!  We appreciate it so much.  

So, that's where I've been since Sunday, playing nurse and taking care of the Mr.  I'll be blogging the race recaps later this week, though.  Hoping to be getting back to some sort of routine here soon.  Not just with blogging, but with work, home life, and nutrition and workouts!

 

January Health & Fitness Goals

Here we go with another post on goals!  It's January, what can I say?  I really do like to give myself these monthly goals, though.  They really help me to stay focused and/or re-focus on what I need to be doing one month at a time.  It keeps things from getting too overwhelming.  Some months I kill it, I hit each goal and other months I struggle and miss the mark.  But, I don't let it stop me.  I just try to look at the big picture and be honest with myself as to why I didn't meet my goals.  Was I lazy? Busy? Did I set unrealistic goals? Etc...This helps me so I can set more attainable goals.  So, for December, sadly, the goals were not met 100%.

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I kept training for Spartan.  I didn't run a 5K with my family, I did sign up for an actual 5K Race on Dec. 31st and completed my 14 in 2014 challenge.  And although my family didn't run with me, they were there cheering me on!  I gained some weight, I lost some too, so pretty much stayed even : / I managed to run 43 miles in December, not quite the 50 I wanted but close...I did 321 burpees in December, though! It wasn't a total flop of a month, but wish I would have reached my mileage and of course, losing the weight would have been awesome, but hey there's always next month...

I kept January pretty vague.  So far 13 days into January and I gotta say, I'm doing okay!  Ready to take on the Spartan Beast & Sprint races this weekend and finally get my trifecta! Woohoo

What are your goals for January?  We're aalmost half way through the month already, how are you doing with reaching your goals?