I think I promised you guys this review last week so apologies for the delay! Last weekend, I participated in the Spartan Sprint. Participation in this event was a last minute decision for our group, and one I’d consider making again. For those unfamiliar, the Spartan race series involves grueling obstacles over the course of trail filled miles and crossing the finish line covered in mud is mandatory. This type of event is one where consistent strength training in your weekly routine would help you be more prepared, but individuals of all shapes and sizes were up and at it on the course. For the sprint distance, 4.8 miles were on the agenda and let me tell you, it was tough. We faced steep up and downhills (it took place on a ski resort after all), lots of mud, 8 foot walls to climb over, monkey bars, and even a fire pit to jump over at the finish. This was hands down one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. It took over 3 hours and just about every ounce of energy I had. I’ll tell you one thing though, that post-race beer sure was refreshing. Since it was way too muddy to carry a camera with me on the course, I will rely on the free, professional photos that the Spartan Series made available to event participants. If you’re looking for a fun way to challenge yourself that isn’t running, a Spartan race is the way to do it.
In between all of this, there were barbed wire fences we had to crawl in the mud to avoid, large walls to climb over, and even monkey bars to fall off of. It’s safe to say I was stuck doing a lot of burpees. For those unfamiliar, if you skip an obstacle or are unable to finish the obstacle, you are required to do 30 burpees. Over 25 obstacles, I think I did 180 burpees. Oof.
This was probably one of the worst. Had fill this bucket up with what felt like a ton of rocks, and carry it up, then back down a steep ski slope.
Finally, the fire. We wanted an epic, holding hands photo, as we jumped over the fire. I ruined that. I was terrified I wasn’t going to make it over and let go. I think you can see the fear in my eyes.
A few tips I’d suggest if you decide to do one of these bad boys: do it with a group so you can help each other with the obstacles. My team / random good people were crucial in my ability to make it over some of the walls we climbed. I’d also suggest going in knowing your limits. I love that I pushed myself to try things I’d never done before, but don’t force yourself to do things that you don’t think you can handle.
I’m a Spartan now! What’s the hardest rave you’ve ever done??