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

 

 

Tough Mudder Las Vegas 2014 | Team Tough Cookies 2.0

In 2013, Tough Mudder changed my life! You can read more about it HERE.  This year, I was excited to give it another go.  I was especially excited to become a Legionnaire.  Basically, as past Tough Mudders, Legionnaires go on a different loop and finish line than first time Mudders and we can opt out of Electroshock Therapy at the end.  Yup, not getting electrocuted at the end sounded awesome to me!  

Tough Mudder was in Lake Las Vegas this year, so we didn't have to drive 2.5 hrs to the event, it was just  a quick 30 min. drive.  Another plus!  Saturday's weather was windy and chilly, so I was glad we were signed up on Sunday because the weather couldn't have been better!  However, there were only 4 waves on Sunday and we went on the last wave.  This made for a pretty sparse spectator and participant course.  Yet there was no lack of  camaraderie from our fellow Mudders throughout the course and at the obstacles!  

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This spirit of camaraderie could not have been more evident to me during my drama on Walk the Plank.  I was feeling nervous when I first saw photos of other events where rather than one long platform to jump off of, there were now individual rows with planks that led out into the water for you to jump off.  Just typing about it now, my palms are sweaty!! My plan was to just walk up and jump.  Yea, that didn't happen.  The rows were close enough were Jason and I could hold hands, but I just couldn't physically extend my arm away from  my body, so I told Jason we'd count to 3 and jump.  He jumped.  I didn't.  Our other team members jumped and Jason came back up to the platform to help me out.  I just couldn't get myself to jump but the crowds on the ground and behind me in the platform weren't going to let me off that easy.  I mean, that's what Tough Mudder is about, right?  Overcoming your fears. Well, it took about 30 minutes, a U.S. Marine, 3 coaches from Camp Rhino, the volunteers, and basically everyone there chanting and encouraging me to overcome my fear.  And even then I had to ask the volunteer to push me.  I'm glad he did.  I would have been very disappointed in myself if I'd turned around & climbed back down.  Plus, I knew I didn't want to let all those people down.  They were there for me.  They didn't have to be there.  But they were.  They cheered me on, encouraged me to face my fear and jump, but never once made me feel bad for being scared.   Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.  

Again, Tough Mudder changed my life.  Again Tough Mudder showed me that I can do anything I set my mind to, even if I require a little push.  I was not the strongest person there, I wasn't the fastest, but I was there, I gave it my all, and I had a blast doing it!  And, I got my green 2X Tough Mudder headband :) 

Big shout out to my sister for taking all these awesome photos and her hubby for coming along and cheering us on throughout the course! Love you guys :)

Have you ran a Tough Mudder event?  I'd love to know what you thought about it or any other event that you felt changed you! xo

Gearing up for Tough Mudder Las Vegas | Tough Cookies 2.0

Here I go again...getting that same nervous, anxious energy I felt before the Spartan Super earlier this month.  This time, I'm gearing up for my second Tough Mudder event coming up on Sunday!  If you are new to the blog, you may not know how Tough Mudder changed my life, but it really did.  I won't bore those how already know the story, but you can read my thoughts on Tough Mudder HERE and HERE!  

I've been having a real hard time practicing this obstacle at Camp Rhino.  Not sure what my problem is,but I know it's all in my head.  I start running towards the ramp and then stop myself halfway.  It's really annoying!  I did it before, I can do it again and this photo proves it! I will get up Everest again. 

I've been having a real hard time practicing this obstacle at Camp Rhino.  Not sure what my problem is,but I know it's all in my head.  I start running towards the ramp and then stop myself halfway.  It's really annoying!  I did it before, I can do it again and this photo proves it! I will get up Everest again. 

I'm excited to be taking on my second Tough Mudder with 2 really good friends of ours!  Last year, our friend Veronica couldn't do it since she'd just had a baby a month before, but we convinced her hubby, Ernie, to join our team.  This year, Veronica is joining team Tough Cookies and the 4 of us are ready to take on the 10+ mile course full of crazy obstacles that will really test our stamina and mental grit!  We've been training at Camp Rhino and it's been very helpful to give the obstacles a try.  We've been calling our training sessions "double dates"!  Yea, that's how we roll!  I encourage you to find an obstacle training gym/facility in your own city and if you're from Vegas, you gotta check out Camp Rhino!  

New obstacle - Fire in Your Hole.  Like Wet N Wild, but with fire &muddy water at the bottom! 

New obstacle - Fire in Your Hole.  Like Wet N Wild, but with fire &muddy water at the bottom! 

I'm so happy we don't have a 2.5 hour drive this year to get to the event, since it's being held at Lake Las Vegas, just 30 minutes away.  I'm also anxious to try out the brand new Legionnaire Loop, which is only open to repeat Mudders and has some pretty challenging & fun looking obstacles.  My sister will be coming along is the official Tough Cookies photographer and her hubby will be a spectator too!  This is the first time he's gone to any one of our crazy obstacle races, so it's gonna be a real treat for him & hey, maybe he'll even join us for the next one (Javier, are you reading this?!)

It's really going to be fun having them encouraging us along the course!  I just hope they're nice to us for the Family Feud obstacle ;) 

Getting knocked down by spectators during the Family Feud obstacle.  This actually looks like fun! 

Getting knocked down by spectators during the Family Feud obstacle.  This actually looks like fun! 

Let's do this!!  Hoorah!!