You all know that I am going through changes in my life. Trying to find me again. The me, outside of “mommy, wife, friend.”
One of the things I started taking on was my workouts.
I have always been athletic, but as I grow older and (ahem) rounder…getting out and doing things that once fascinated me, have proven to be more difficult.
But recently after joining my new gym, which has continued pushing me past what I thought my body could handle. I started signing up for some little 5ks and 10ks.
Then my friends started pushing me past that.
I signed up for the Spartan race months ago and due to pneumonia, was not able to do it. I was totally devastated.
Later I signed up for the Epic race, which is very similar to Spartan (in that it is an intense obstacle race…but more subdued).
Last week I ran it.
Seriously you guys. I had a blast!
It was hard as hell at points, but so much fun. I was doing things that you never get to do in everyday life….well all at once.
The race itself is less than 2 miles, but in that 2 miles there are more than 25 obstacles you have to overcome.
The race starts off with your group running around the entire track with flags attached to a huge pvc pipe (the bounce on that sucker was crazy). Then from there…well too many obstacles to list, so how about my favorites and my….not so favorites?
-The Walls. Ok, this was a love hate. It reminded me of my youth. Just running and jumping or climbing over a fence to go where you want to go. But holy cow. Sometimes getting this tush actually over that wall, was a bit harder than I remembered. I have bruises along my torso where I was throwing myself against the wall to get over.
– The Inflatable Battle Course. Um, yes please. It’s like all those fun inflatables our kids get to play on at birthday parties….on steroids. So much fun!!
-Lumberjack Challenge. I think this was a favorite just because it was in the beginning, when I had energy. But there was something satisfying about pushing this gigantic pole up and over and hearing it clang again and again. Even if you had to do it 15 times.
-Weighted Russian Twists. It was nice to sit for a moment. lol
NOT My Favorites
-Atlas Stone. 2nd obstacle of the course and ouch. Even the lightest stone was a beast. Hefting this sucker up and then over your shoulder 15 times tired out my muscles really well.
-Archery. This surprised me, since I normally like stuff, like this. But, by the time I got to it, my arms were like jello. I could barely pull that bow-string back!
-Rope Climb. Obviously this is an area I need to focus on this year. It was a catastrophe.
-Barrel Run. Last item on the race. Which I’m sure was part of the problem…I was spent. But the weighted barrel on your neck….it freaking hurt. It was so uncomfortable. I kept wanting to find a new place to put it…which wasn’t allowed.
All in all. I will definitely sign up again. After the race my friends called me to let me know that I was in 10th place for women in my age group….which was pretty cool. I wasn’t trying to go fast, I was just trying to complete it.