Las Vegas Spartan Super | Trifecta Tribe 2015

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

 

 

Half Marathon + Spartan Training Update

So, I registered for the Wild Land Fire Awareness Half Marathon 2 weeks ago and in that time, I've been getting my running groove back and I've noticed a few differences already in my training.  Since it's a trail race, I'm hoping to get more trail running into my schedule.  So far, I've ran trails once each week and I'm hoping to stick to  1 or 2 trail runs a week.  I'm so grateful to the awesome running groups I'm a part of.  Some of these ladies are avid trail runners, so it's not hard finding group trail runs to join, since I'm still nervous of running on trails alone.  I am usually in the back of the group, but I'm ok with that ;) 

Another difference this time around, is that I am way more relaxed when it comes to my training schedule than I was my other 2 half marathons.   In the past, I have been very consistent with my Hal Higdon training schedule, but these few weeks my trail runs have been longer than what the training plan called for and I was totally ok with it.  I've also skipped some shorter runs and either called it a rest day or added strength training instead.  For you more experienced half marathon runners, is this normal?  Does this happen to you too or do you still stick to your training plan? 

Having the Las Vegas Spartan Super coming up April 18th also makes this half marathon training a bit challenging.  I want to keep up with my running schedule, but I also know I need to work on my endurance and strength training if I want to complete the Spartan Super without too many penalty burpees!  Spartan races are so much about upper body strength and  Body Pump and Kettle Bell classes at LVAC are big parts of my training.  I also meet with my personal trainer once a week and we do full body workouts with an emphasis on upper body strengthening and core work.  And of course, no Spartan training would be complete without a few visits to Camp Rhino!  Ya'll know how much I love this place.  Every Saturday they offer practice obstacle course races in their facility, where you get to try out the cargo nets, tire flips, getting over walls, and tons more!  They are now also offering Spartan Trail Practice races up until the Vegas Super.  This allows you to check out the obstacles in a more realistic outdoor setting.  I personally think this is a MUST DO if you want to get a feel for what the race is going to be like.  Vegas peeps, check it out!  Thank me later ;) I'll be out there soon getting my butt kicked for sure!  

So, there you have it.  Lots of training planned for the upcoming months!  I'm feeling confident about completing my first trail half marathon distance, just really going to work on getting stronger for those inclines and hoping to get faster.  Now, what are you training for right now?  I'd love to hear how your training is coming along too :)