I survived my first ever Spartan Race

Spart Race Edmonton

arrived bright and early on race day

I love trying new things. From improving my taste pallets when it comes to food to bungee jumping to discovering new online tools. I just can’t get enough.

The new and fun thing I tried recently is Spartan Race. I didn’t hesitate when a friend from my football (soccer) team asked us to join, and as a newbie to this outdoor obstacle course challenge I decided to sign up for the entry level course, Spartan Sprint—5K (3 miles) + 15 obstacles. The event was a blast!

I joined Spartan Race for two main reasons. I like to do different things, try new stuff and meet new/different people. Spartan Race was good for that. I also joined because I needed something different to motivate me to keep up with my workout goals. I’m an avid runner and I love running outdoor more than being tied to a treadmill at a gym. So every year when Edmonton finally gives us good weather, I like to run outside from spring until the fall.

Spartan Race Edmonton

getting laced with timing device

I try to keep this outdoor runny hobby interesting by exploring different areas when I run instead of running the same trail and neighbourhood. Even so, it can get boring. And when it gets boring, then it becomes dreadful. Spartan Race helped me avoid becoming bored with my running routine while still meeting my workout goal.

When you join Spartan Race, you can sign up to receive notices for different things such as “Workout Of the Day (WOD)” and “Food Of the Day (FOD)”.

I followed only the WOD and they were awful the few times I did them simply because the workouts were hard. And quite often, I would do the intermediate or advance versions of them. The WOD involved A LOT of burpees and short distance running.

Spartan Race Edmonton

watching the heat before mine…that hill was a killer, the race shouldn’t have started out with that….i still feel the pain.

I hadn’t done any race like this before so my only goal when I signed up was to be able to just get through the race. But come race day, and the people in my heat were all lined up and ready to go, then suddenly, my goal was to finish the race in under one hour or be among the first 5 girls in my heat to finish. I’m not competitive, just overly ambitious—so I was shocked when those two goals become the mantra that motivated me throughout the race.

Spartan Race Edmonton

SpaceMilkShakes rocked the house

Yes, I’m a runner. But I’m not one of those runners who enter a

few races every year. Spartan Race is the closest thing to a race I’ve done since my Track & Field days in school. It was a lot of fun and I won’t mind doing it again.

Race Results – Spartan Sprint

  • 5,373 – # of people who registered for the race
  • 435– the spot I ranked out of 3,407 (results are still being tabulated so more will likely be added to that total)
  • 47:20 – the time it took me to finish the race
  • and I was in the top 5 for my heat.

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~ by omonaij on July 7, 2013.

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