Wednesday, June 8, 2016

JUNE: IMMA LET YOU FINISH, BUT LET'S GO BACK TO MAY AGAIN

But first! Two throw back videos!
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Okay, now that we've got that cuteness out of the way. I want to take a moment to shine the light on my Spartan Race a couple weeks ago. I wasn't planning on doing it until about 3 weeks before the race when my friend informed me they had an extra ticket and I was going to do it with them. We've been training together for a few months now and she soothed my nerves and convinced me I would do great. The day of the race arrived and I was SO NERVOUS. Seriously, I had the nervous pees all morning (DID SHE REALLY JUST SAY THAT?) If I do a race, it's usually just a fun run. I can run. I run slow, but I can run. This Spartan Race was something entirely different to me.
Before race pics.
And then the start of the race neared and I walked up to a wall I couldn't climb over on my own. A random guy walked up to me and said "Oh man, these are only gonna get taller," and then went down on one knee. "Step up and I'll help you over," he said. I obliged, trying to step as gently and lightly and my 5'11 frame would allow. And then before I knew it he was starting to stand up with my foot still on his knee and he was pushing me over. I totally wasn't ready for it and found myself clinging to the top of the wall while he was trying to shove me over and advising me to "Let go."
Oh man, I thought, this is going to be interesting.
And that's basically what the race was.
It was unlike anything I have ever done before and it was an insane test of my physical and mental strength. I had a great team that kept pushing, pulling, and throwing me over the obstacles. And that's the honest truth. Some of the obstacles were fun and I had no problem with them, but some of those obstacles were DANG hard. Overall it took us just under three hours to finish the 6ish miles and 20 obstacles. I was pretty pleased that I finished and that I stuck to my main goal of not stopping the entire time. I kept going, whether I was running or speed walking. I'm happy my friend encouraged and pushed me to do this and I look forward to the race next year where I will improve my time and complete more of the obstacles I couldn't (I don't want to do the burpees instead *whine*).
In the end I was absolutely exhausted, most of my clothes were soaked through and cakes with layer up on layer of mud, and I had just glorious bruised (more on that later), but I was so pleased with myself!
Until next year! Aroo! Aroo!

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