Friday, May 24, 2013

The Lara Project: Spartan Training

So about a month or two into when I first really started dedicating myself to this project, I, along with two of my very close friends, decided to get a little crazy. Not 'I'm princess stabbity, stab-stab, kill-kill' kinda crazy but definitely taking a dive into this 'get healthy, be a badass' kick.

We signed up for the Pacific Northwest's Spartan Race.

"Spartan Sprints are muddy 3+ MILES / 15+ OBSTACLES course races. The challenging sprint races are a great way to get off your couch and start living. Beginners to hardcore warriors, and marathon runners alike come out to test themselves on the insane obstacles! This 5k race is comprised of mud runs, obstacles, trail racing, physical challenges and mental challenges all in a 3+ race. 99.9% of all people who try this event will finish, and 100% will have their thirst for mud fully satisfied!"

Now our goal is to pace ourselves, mind you, stay together as a team (Team Crimson, of course because how am I NOT gonna make a Halo reference here?) and get through it safely.

And will likely have a massage scheduled for the next day because our muscles will most likely hate us.

Knowing that I'm in this, that there is no going back, honestly helps push me to do my workouts every day. Even if it's something small, it's important that you do something to get off your butt and move.

Morning routine this week has consisted of running 4 miles with 10 burpees and 20 crunches between each mile. It's been intense so if you give it a try, make sure you got the right stuff in your body to give you that energy. Drink plenty of water! I know that's old news, but I swear people never remember to do it. I certainly don't, even when I'm just sitting at my desk at work.

I have no doubt this race is going to challenge me in a way I don't often experience and I will likely need a few days of relaxation and rest after. August is fast approaching and I'm both excited and terrified.

Is this Madness? No, my friend. This is SPARTA!

...oh come on, you saw that reference coming. I had to do it.

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