August 25th, Leesburg VA, 12:30 PM I set out on the second leg (Spartan Super) of my journey to complete the Spartan Race Trifecta. My first race was a Sprint. It was about 4 miles long. The Super is around 8 miles. And the Beast, which I will be running in October, is 13 miles (plus or minus- probably on the plus side).
I got to Leesburg VA at approximately 11:30 AM after a 7 hour drive from Charlotte NC. I was exhausted and didn’t even race yet. As I approached Morvern Park, I was stuck in what would be the longest 2 miles of road I’ve ever been on. It took 30 minutes by car to move 2 miles to the park entrance. I was getting really excited at this point.
I could hear the music pumping and the Deejay talking to the racers in the next heat, getting them ready to go.
I pulled in the parking lot and got to park in the Volunteer area, which is nice and close to the Staging area (I always put in some Volunteer time after I’m done racing).
I had about 45 minutes to get ready, check my bag and get to the starting line. It sounds like an eternity, but if you’re as competitive as I am, you wouldn’t. I like to get there at least an hour ahead of time so I can get a really good warm-up. In Spartan Race, you will use every muscle in your body. You’re running up hills, on single track trails, over hurdles, rope climbs, low-crawling under barbed wire (My Favorite), Carrying a Spartan Pancake (40 lb. sandbag), Monkey Bars, Wall Climbs, etc. So a really good warm-up is imperative. Even after a good warm-up, you will still be sore tomorrow, I promise.
My heat started at 12:30. So off we went. This course had alot more running than most Spartan Races. It was supposed to be about 8 miles. The Garmin’s all said it was in the neighborhood of 10.4 miles.
That’s right. 10.4 Awesome miles of obstacles. 75 obstacles to be exact.
If you read my “Least Favorite Exercise” article, than you know I hate Burpees and I work extra hard to not have to perform them. I made it through every obstacle, even the Spear throw, so no Burpees for me. AROO.
I crossed the line in 2:01:53. I wasn’t in the Elite Heat on this day, so my goal was just to finish. Mission accomplished. Now for “The Beast” .
For those of you looking for something different, I challenge you to a Spartan Race. You can run it in teams, relays, walk it, or run it alone and see how Spartan Tough you are.
Hope to see some of you out there.
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