Las Vegas Spartan Super | Race Recap

Spartan Races are some of my favorite races ever! I've done more Spartan Races than any other race, with a total of 9 races - 2 Beasts, 4 Supers, and 3 Sprints! I love the Spartan Races because although they are challenging and tough, there is a great spirit of camaraderie and fun too! And you can't beat that feeling of accomplishment when you conquer obstacles you trained so hard for. Plus: free beer at the finish! 

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I hadn't planned on running the Las Vegas Spartan Super this year because I'm a wimp.  The race was scheduled to be at the same location as last year and the course was super sandy and I remember how much I did not enjoy trying to run 4 miles or so in sand. But, when a friend of a friend found out she couldn't run it just 2 weeks before race day, I jumped on the opportunity to have her race deferred to me! I couldn't resist.  The 8 + miles wouldn't be a problem because I've been training for the Zion Half Marathon coming up April 1st.  The obstacles and sand however, were a whole other story! Although I knew I couldn't get myself in top shape in just 2 weeks and I knew my upper body strength was nowhere it had been, I didn't think it would be so hard.  But, yikes did I struggle!  It was especially sad to struggle on obstacles that I don't normally struggle with. I had a lot of help from my teammates and fellow racer on course.  Like I said, all that help and support from fellow Spartans is what makes me love this race series!  My teammates and I finished strong and for 3 of the 5 of us, it was their first Spartan Race ever.  Seeing my friend conquer obstacles she didn't think she could was so awesome and really made that race special for me! 

This race was such a wake up call for me.  Like I said, I finished the race and I had a ton of fun running it but deep down I know I can perform better.  So, what do you do when you don't run your best race? You literally wash off the mud and sign up for another one! In my case, you sign up for the Spartan Beast + Sprint coming up in October in Big Bear Lake, CA and aim to get that Trifecta one more time.  Let the training begin! AROO!


Have you ever ran a Spartan Race or OCR? What's your favorite race series?   

 

 

7 Tips for Conquering your next Obstacle Course Race

I'm 10 days away from my first Spartan race!  I'm doing the Super Spartan on April 5th and I'm super nervous and excited.  I've also got my second Tough Mudder on April 27th.  I've been training hard with my trainer twice a week and getting my Pure Intensity Training classes at the gym too.  I've even taken it up a notch by joining Camp Rhino.  This place is pretty cool and I should do a full blog post about it soon, but for now, just know that it's an obstacle training facility that offers a ton of training classes, drop-ins, and a ton more!! So, do I feel prepared? Of course not! Not sure I will ever feel prepared before any obstacle race.  But, they really do push your limits and get you out of your comfort zone.  The feeling of accomplishment afterwards is surreal!  
Anyhow, today I want to share with you a few tips that will help you be ready come race day.  

1.  Don't wear cotton.  I've said this before and I will say it again! Don't wear cotton!! It drags, it stays wet, and drags you down.  Stick to dry wicking fabrics.  This includes everything from socks and underwear too, not just your shirt and pants!  Trust me ;) 

2.  Ladies, invest in a good maximum support sports bra with light padding.  You'll be wet pretty much the entire time during the race, you don't want your girls exposed ;)

3.  Wear long pants.  I made the mistake of wearing compression shorts for the Badass Dash and let me tell ya, never again!  My knees and legs were so messed up from crawling under barbed wire and banged up and burned from climbing walls and ropes.  Protect your legs and wear long form fitting pants that won't drag when they're wet!

4.  Tie your sneakers tight.  You'll be running in and out of water and mud and want to make sure you don't leave your sneakers behind! 

5.  A change of clothes & deodorant.  You'll be muddy, wet, and gross.  The last thing you want is to get in your car back home or to eat afterwards in that.  Most races should have a shower and/or changing area so bring a towel.  Clean, dry clothes will feel amazing after being in wet cold clothes!  Don't forget a clean pair of shoes too!  Flip flops work great :)

6.  Garbage bag.  You'll need a place to throw in those dirty wet clothes you just got out of :)

7.  Have fun and take pictures!  Obstacle course races are designed to test your physical and mental limits.  They're tough, but also a lot of fun and you'll want to snap a few before and after shots :)

xo,

Jessie