Just 17 more days until we head to Temecula, CA and I take on the Spartan Beast & Spartan Sprint! I'm still really nervous about, not only getting my butt kicked during the 12+ mile Beast course, but doing it again during the Sprint. I keep reminding myself that my hubby will running along with me during the Sprint and he'll be a huge help for me over walls and such! Plus, after 12+ miles, the 5K Sprint shouldn't be so bad right?
Either way, I have amped up my training and have been really focusing on endurance & upper body strength training. This past weekend, I put my training to the test. I ran the Moms Run This Town Summer Safari virtual 10K with some other amazing ladies Saturday morning. We started at 6am, knowing that it was going to be a pretty hot day. We met at a local park with a nice paved running trail. The run was great and totally non competitive. We ran together at a nice pace, chatting it up! I forgot how much I enjoy running with a group. I'm so used to running alone that it was definitely a nice change and I really need to remember do it more often. This was also race 11 of 14 for 2014!
After the 10K, I went over to an LVAC gym nearby for a nice stretch, shower, and snack before meeting up with 2 other amazing ladies from my facebook running group and we headed up to Mount Charleston for Camp Rhino's Elevation/Spartan training at 11am. This was an awesome 2 hour workout that really pushed me. It was tough and brutal at times, but so rewarding! Getting to the top of that ski slope after carrying up a sandbag and then pulling a tire up the slope felt unbelievable. Literally ever muscle in my body was being used. My legs and arms were burning and sweat was just dripping off of me. Once at the top of the slope, we could take the ski lift down or walk/run back down the very steep slope. Let's just say, I conquered my fear of heights this day and got on that chair. I was scared and nervous, but the view and rest were totally worth it!
Once I got home, I had my Skoop recovery protein shake (review on that coming up tomorrow!). I stretched and took a nice warm epsom salts bath. Surprisingly, I didn't feel too tired or sore. I figured it was the adrenaline still running through me, but when I woke up on Sunday morning, I really wasn't as sore as I thought I would be and I made it to Sunday morning's 90 minute Camp Rhino boot camp! I'm glad I survived this weekend! I figured it would be a good test on where I was physically and endurance wise. I think I did pretty good and even doubled up on boot camp classes on Monday! Putting my body through these tests is definitely helping build up my strength, but also my confidence. Whatever happens during my crazy Spartan weekend, I'll know that I trained hard and gave it my best.