I've got about a month to go before I tackle my first Spartan Race. I've been geeking out on youtube videos and google image searches about this epic new age adventure race, and I am SOOOOOOO excited! I think the best part is not really knowing what to expect. It's one think to know in your head that you will be crawling through mud, scaling tall walls, and throwing spears. It is quite another thing to actually imagine yourself doing these things and anticipating your reaction. I am sure of one thing though; I am either going to love every second of this rowdy race or I will be asking myself every step of the way how I could ever have thought this would be fun. If mindset determines experience though, I'm 99% sure my reactions will be along the lines of the former.
I've been preparing for the race by (carefully) ramping up my Crossfit to make sure my upper body strength is ready, and slowly increasing my running distances to ensure I can complete the 3 miles comfortably and without back pain. So far everything is going really well! My leg and arm muscles are noticeably getting back definition. I am also back up to appreciable weights in Oly workouts. Even more fantastic, I just ran 5 miles yesterday with no problem. In fact, I've been running one or two days per week consistently and am feeling stronger and stronger with each run. I credit my daily stretching and mobility work with my lacrosse ball to the success I've had in staying pain free....as well as my strategic rest days.
Now I'm off to do a few errands before Crossfit. Today we will be doing rope climb work which is right up a Spartan warrior's ally. Hazzah!