Monday, July 4, 2011

Spartan Sprint

Ahh…my vacation was great. So great in fact that I forgot all about everything electronic and just hung out with the dogs and my husband in the great outdoors all week! It was awesome.

To celebrate my last day of vacation, yesterday I participated with my younger sister in “Ottawa’s” Spartan Sprint. I say “Ottawa” because the event was actually held at the Camp Fortune ski hill in Chelsea, QC.

I’ll be honest – I haven’t worked out in a few months and the weight has slowly been creepin’ back on – about 12 pounds over the past 2 and half years (right on the national average apparently). I had the good intention of training for a few weeks before hand but it just never happened. So, the day arrived and even though I was not in the best physical condition it wasn’t going to stop me from trying.

The race started out by heading right up a hill – OMG!! The thought crossed my mind that I might not be able to finish but I pressed on as I had only just started. Thankfully downhill was less challenging – my extra mass helped propel me downhill. Over a short wall and into a mud crawl under the barbed wire. Up another hill with a tire and back down into another mud crawl under more barbed wire! Up another hill, a rope climb, down the hill. Push-ups, up another “hill” (by this time the qualified as mountains), down the hill, water wade, sewer crawl, brick dragging, a higher wall, a javelin throw, ice crawl under more barbed wire to the dual against the “Spartan Warriors” and a final leap over the flaming logs and across the finish line! All the while the sun pounded down, no wind or even a hit of rain in the sparsely there clouds. Funny enough during my 1 hour and 20 minute run I was not once thirsty or hot – I think I had sun stroke, not good.

It was definitely a challenge but it was a great experience and I am glad that I finished. I am even more glad that I had the opportunity to do this with my sister! We’re going to try again next year and hopefully improve on our course time.

Check out this video I found about our event.

See you next year Spartans!!

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