What do thousands of people who wake up on a Saturday morning to run through the woods, crawl through mud under barbed wire and jump over burning logs have in common? They all have a little crazy inside of them. Clearly I am one of those people! Yes, some people’s worst nightmare is our idea of a good time!
On August 1, five of my friends (including one who was 7-months pregnant) from boot camp and I took part in the Spartan Sprint DC race. These obstacle-course races have become a pretty big thing over the last few years and I was excited to try this one in particular. I signed up for it back in December and now it was here!
Luckily our group was in the early wave of athletes when the temperatures were a bit more bearable. We trudged through the woods for a bit before nearing the first set of walls to climb over which to my relief weren’t too bad! But things would get harder (and muddier) as we got further along.
The 24 obstacles ranged from walls to climb over, mud pits to slide into, and quick sand-like trails to traverse. The toughest? It varied by person and working together as a team you quickly learned each person’s strengths and weaknesses. For me I found that even though I completed it, carrying a bucket of rocks around a trail was one of the toughest. The rope climb in the muddy water was all but impossible, despite the fact that I have climbed one before but doing so from waist deep water with wet shoes and clothes adds a whole other challenge. Another tough one–rings that you had to get across monkey-bar style. My arms were so shot by that point that I just gave up and opted for burpees. And that’s another thing, whenever you couldn’t complete an obstacle you had to knock out 30 burpees. We did many of them as a team counting out loud when we reached 10 as we do in our morning workouts. By the end if we never had to do a burpee again I think we’d be content!!
Overall, it was a fun race that taught us all about teamwork, humility and strength. Who’s ready to join me for the next one?