So, some of you know that this is the year I will be going for my Spartan Trifecta. That means I have to get myself into the best shape possible, and yes, I am aware that round is a shape, just not the best one for an event or goal such as this. That means lots of jogging as well as strength training. That last part, I enjoy…the first part? Not so much.
I’ve done the Spartan Sprint 5 times now. And it takes a massive toll. It is unlike any other obstacle course I run during the OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) season. There really is nothing to compare it to, despite other races that might try. And the Sprint is the shortest race of the bunch.
I have pushed myself each time, and seen improvement. My nemesis remains the rope climb. My body is simply not designed to defy gravity. Not that I won’t try, but I have yet to ring the bell at the top. I can climb walls, crawl through mud, and carry buckets of rock or giant stone globes, but that rope and I are mortal enemies.
The first race is coming soon. April 22nd in Snohomish. It is the Spartan Super. That means the course will be anywhere from 8-10 miles with 24 to 29 obstacles. Nothing like it. And I know that I will finish. It might beat me down, but it won’t beat me.
Since I know what I have to do as far as the running portion, that is something that I can train for and be the best prepared to take on. Granted, add in all the obstacles as well as a 30 Burpee penalty each time you fail one, and this is no ordinary run through the woods. That is why I have been doing those Burpee Challenges with my sons, Cody and Alex.
Living out in the boonies, there are lots of hills for me to run, and I do get out on the road to run, but I am not as young as I used to be, and pounding the pavement several times a week has taken a toll on my body. And while I realize that I don’t have a choice on race day, I can actually train smarter and reduce the possibility of injury if I run on a treadmill.
But I already hate running, and running on a treadmill is like being a hamster. That was a problem until Denise got me th X22i Incline Trainer from Nordic Track. It actually syncs to Google Maps and allows me to run a course anywhere in the world for the most part. That is where you come in.
I invite you to choose my locations as I get in my increasingly longer runs. You see, when I program in my course, I am watching the scenery pass by on my screen. If you have ever gone to “street view” on Google Maps, then you get an idea of what I see scrolling past. So it is a real possibility that I could run right past your house! Give me an intersection to start at and tell me which way to start running. (No, I would not expect you to actually post your address here, but you could put me in the area and point me in the right direction.
Then, all you need to do is keep your eyes open for my posts. That is another thing that is cool about this machine. It will post my run, including the route I ran, on social media when I finish! Is that cool or what? To add to the fun, the machine elevates and declines to match the terrain. So when I hit those hills, the machine simulates their slope in degrees. Like I said, all the benefits of road running without the abuse as the treadmill has a cushioning effect that reduces the impact on the body.
So, be part of my training team! Give me a location to run, a point to start if you like. And it doesn’t have to be in your neighborhood. Heck, maybe you just know someplace that is all nasty hills that will try and destroy me…I’m game.
So, what are you waiting for…tell me where to run next.