Spartan Race | Las Vegas Super 2016

Posing for the camera with a few of our Endure Boot Camp pals

Posing for the camera with a few of our Endure Boot Camp pals

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.  

It's always so much more fun going downhill than up!

It's always so much more fun going downhill than up!

I always like to pretend I'm walking through a field of chocolate frosting during this part of the race.  It's just the right consistency, but sadly, not quite the same smell!!

I always like to pretend I'm walking through a field of chocolate frosting during this part of the race.  It's just the right consistency, but sadly, not quite the same smell!!

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.  

That kid up there is my 15 year old nephew who is gonna rock the Spartan Race when he runs his first race with, hopefully this year ;) 

That kid up there is my 15 year old nephew who is gonna rock the Spartan Race when he runs his first race with, hopefully this year ;) 

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.  

 

Badass Dash | Race 9 of 14 for 2014

I'm officially signed up fro 12 races through September and I'm sure I'll find 2 more to sign up for before the end of the year.  I am kinda surprised at how fast it's going and how easily it's been finding races!  Thank goodness for living social & groupon deals! LOL 

Our Pre-Race Selfie :)

Our Pre-Race Selfie :)

The Badass Dash is a 7K obstacle course race with about 30 obstacles throughout the course.  My hubby and I signed up through a great Living Social deal and although I had already ran the race last year with my sister, he hadn't ran it, so I figured it'd be fun to run it together.  We also met up with some other running group friends when we got there.  Also, some Camp Rhino peeps who'd already ran elite heat decided to run it again for fun with us, now they're badass!!  Having them run with us was a blast and helped push us through the tough parts!  The course had a ton of stairs, some water and mud obstacles, tunnel crawl, over and under hurdles, cargo nets and walls to climb.  Compared to last year's race, I think the obstacles were a bit more challenging, so that was a tun of fun!   There were no race bibs, but they did provide you with a timing chip at packet pickup along with a tech race shirt.  The end of the race had the regular post-race goodies - bananas, orange slices, water, and a sports drink.  Oh and let's not forget the beer!  LOL :) 

Yup, I ended up a little muddy and a few battle scars! But, that's part of the fun! 

Yup, I ended up a little muddy and a few battle scars! But, that's part of the fun! 

Have you done any obstacle course races? Do you love or hate them?  I'd love to hear from you! xo