Happy Monday! I’m not excited to have class today but I am excited to share my marvelous weekend! MIMM is hosted by the lovely Katie from Healthy Diva Eats!
On Sunday, John and I ran the Super Spartan! If you are a regular reader, you know I was very stressed and nervous for this race. My long runs have not been going well and I even reached out to some fellow Spartan chicks for encouragement because I was a mess of anxiety. I really struggled at the Spartan Sprint in June, and that was half the distance. Then I read this blog post and freaked out even more. Not ideal.
So, imagine my surprise when the race felt amazing!!!! We expected it to take us between 4 and 5 hours (the Sprint took us ~2hrs), most likely closer to 5. We ended up finishing in 3:02! I couldn’t believe it! And I wasn’t even dying at the end. After the Sprint I was delirious (to put it mildly), but this time I felt great and could actually celebrate. I have a lot of theories about why this race went so much better than the Sprint, but I’ll put those together for another post in the future. For now, I just want to revel in the fact that I didn’t have to be evacuated off the mountain in a helicopter. 🙂
92/285 in my age group (top 32%)
342/1046 all women (top 33%)
1640/3489 overall (top 47%)
I’m always amazed by the athletes at these events, so even though it’s nothing spectacular, I’m really proud! For those interested in these races (or just curious), I’ll do a full recap when I get the official pictures. For now, enjoy these iPhone shots from the day 🙂
After checking in, we went to get a look at the starting line… which was a crazy steep hill. Some silly people tried to run, no one made it to the top running. Better yet, when you rounded the corner, you realized the incline continued… for the first mile and a half.
And took our “before” pictures.
The three fingers is for three hours. I was very excited.We had an awesome time. We’re both sore and tired today, and I’m nursing a minor injure (and being a baby about it). During the tractor pull (dragging a cement block by a chain), we were going down hill and John’s picked up too much speed and bashed me in the leg. Still worth it! We are thinking about trying a Beast (the next level up). AROO!
What’s making your Monday marvelous? Would you (or have you) ever run a Spartan?