Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone

I got a forwarded email from my coworker Alison on Monday.  20% off registration for a Spartan Race.  I had been seriously considering a Spartan Sprint for a while, since Alison had done the one at Killington this past fall and really enjoyed it.  But I wasn’t sure I wanted to do it.  The catch?  The coupon code was only valid that day.

Long story short, I ended up registering.  I mean, come on, 20% off?  How could I say no?

Of course, I’m equal parts terrified and excited.  I’m terrified because I’ve never really thought of myself as the type to attempt an obstacle course race.  This is something that’s completely outside my comfort zone.  I’m not terribly strong, and this is a race with all kinds of obstacles like rope climbs, wall jumps, and sandbag carries.  It also requires you to complete 30 full burpees for every obstacle you fail.  Newsflash, I can’t even do 10 burpees once, let alone 30 burpees for each of the obstacles I’ll likely fail.

However, I’m excited because this will pretty much force me to focus on strength training in addition to my running.  As of right now, I’m only looking at one half marathon for this year, the Wine and Dine half in WDW in November, which will definitely not be a PR attempt (except in fun!).  This means that since most of my “long runs” will be much shorter this year, I’ll have more time for things like yoga, body pump, and burpees.  Seriously, does anybody aside from Kellie actually do burpees?  They suck.

My friend Andrew (remember I worked out with him once?) will also be doing the Spartan Sprint, so I’m going to see if he’s interested in doing some training together, because I honestly have no idea how to go about training for this.  I Googled “Spartan training,” and got a lot of crazy Cross-Fit style workouts that I am SO not capable of completing on my own.

So yeah, Sunday, September 20 is gonna be crazy!  Hopefully I don’t die…

Have you ever done a Spartan Race?  If not, would you?

If you have done a Spartan Race, how did you train?