This past weekend I participated in A Spartan Race. A Spartan race is basically a run with obstacles in the way and models how Spartan’s in Ancient Greece trained and competed. I did the sprint version because it was my first time ever doing something like this! A sprint is 5 miles of obstacles and running.
To prepare, a couple months prior I lifted weights, did sprints, and kept my body in shape. If I were to do it over again, I would run 3-5 miles and more burpees!
I started my race with my team at 10:45. An hour and 44 minutes later, we crossed the finish line.
There is a lot of running, about a half mile it felt like from obstacle to obstacle.
- 5-15 feet wall
- ladder climbs
- army crawl under barb wire
- carrying buckets full of gravel
- climbing up hill, coming down into cold water, repeat
- pulling weights
- spear throws
- rope climbs
- monkey bars
- swinging hoops
- jump over fire
These tasks seem daunting (and they were!) but being able to jump over a roaring pit of flames and sliding in the mud are some things I’ll never forget. This is a great team/famiy bonding activity and it tests your mental and physical limits.
From first hand experience, not making it all the way up the rope climb pissed me off. I was so close, but my tired arms gave out. Whenever you are not able to complete an obstacle, the consequence is 30 burpees. (Not fun!!)
I can’t wait to do another Spartan Race. They are extremely fun and make a normal race look boring. The obstacles are the best part, and completing the challenge is a victory on the battlefield.
Are you a Spartan? Tell me about your experience! And as always, thanks for reading!