I grew up a vegetarian, but if anyone knows how easy it is to be brainwashed to think that you've done your part being healthy, you know you're in for a ride. Being a vegetarian only made me gravitate towards foods that were high in fat, kept my skin dull, and had me consistently craving sugary drinks and fatty foods.
Feb, 2013 I was asked to take a challenge to complete the June 2013 Spartan Sprint with a group of friends. My level of fitness at the time was very minimal and completely dance/cardio related. I feared the gym more specifically- the awkward process of learning body building/weight lifting. With the immense help of a gym buddy+mentor I was able to build the right form to direct target my muscles.
June arrived and we prepped for the race by doing additional workouts in the community park jungle gym to practice moving through monkey bars. I will say no amount of training prepared me for the race. It was a 2-3 hour ordeal that felt like a full day. Depending on the weather and the location of the race the conditions will vary drastically. Eating healthy and training for almost six months prior to the race helped in the endurance aspect. A group member had to leave mid-race since there was killer heat and dehydration was a real problem. Finishing the race was a great experience however there are two additional races that can be completed- which don't spark my interest.
The Spartan Sprint I participated in consisted of the roughly 2km of trekking hills, hiking through a forest, and following obstacles:
- Monkey bars
- Herculean Hoist
- Spear Throw
- Barbed wire crawl
- Slippery Wall
- and finally the infamous Fire Jump
The toughest part of the race was sprinting up the hills with the afternoon beaming on our backs. The key was to take the hills slow to save energy for the real obstacles. Finally the the barbed wire crawl was relatively easy at first but as the clay like mud began to fill my shoes and soak my clothes, my body became harder to move.
The rest was all fun! If you were unable to complete an obstacle there was an option to do a certain number of burpees allocated to the obstable that could be done instead.
I am super happy to have completed the race! All I can say is if I can do it, trust me...so can you.
I encourage everyone to take on the challenge to push themselves to try something new to become that one extra bit healthier.
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