If you remember, a few weeks ago I put out a plea for advice in my Spartan: Am I Tough Enough post asking if I should register for a Spartan Race. The race is just two short weeks after completing my first full marathon and I was worried about my body being recovered enough to handle the intensity that Spartan races are known for. I want to thank everyone who weighed in; I received a great deal of advice through my blog, on facebook and also e-mail. Y’all are awesome!
So an update on my decision….Turns out, I’m NOT tough enough for Spartan. Next year Spartan, you’re mine but right now, these Olive Oyl strength arms are simply not ready for the beating a Spartan race will take on them. Maybe Popeye can spot me a few cans of his magical spinach??
What really helped me make my decision was reading a Spartan Race recap from Melissa who blogs at Melissa Runs. I was fine with all of the obstacles, crawling under barbed wire, jumping over fire, climbing over walls, etc… but what stopped me dead in my tracks was reading that you have to do 30 burpees any time you fail to complete an obstacle. (To read Melissa’s totally BA recap, click here.) Now for most people, doing all those burpees might not dissuade them, but for me, I felt like I ran right into a brick wall. You want me to do what?? How many times?? On legs that may or may not have recovered from running 26.2 miles?? Pfft! That’s pretty much begging my body to rebel and get injured. Yes, Mr. Race Director, I would like a side of torn IT band with this wall I have to climb; thanks for asking.
So for those of you who may not know what a burpee is, it’s not a cucumber. It’s an explosive total body exercise that combines squats, pushups, and jumping in one fluid motion. I can only do about 10 of these right now…not 30!
Am I disappointed that I didn’t sign up? Yes. Am I content with my decision? Yes. Now here’s the kicker…Can I promise not to sign up in the next few weeks? Unsure. I’m kind of a compulsive race registrant. Case in point, I just registered for the Gulf Coast Half Marathon Series in Mandeville, Louisiana which is only 2 weeks before the Marine Corps Marathon. I’m hoping I don’t regret the decision to run a half 2 weeks before my first full but registering for it sure made not registering for the Spartan Race much easier! Wish me luck and thanks again for all the wonderful advice – y’all rock!
Question: Have you ever had race registration conflicts? How did you resolve it?