Images and video via Spartan Race
As I started to make plans for the Chicago Half Marathon, which I said would be my next big challenge in this post, I wasn’t excited about it. I wasn’t rushing to pull the trigger on the race registration, the flight, or the hotel reservations but couldn’t figure out why. I was so excited to register for my first half and wanted my registration for Chicago to be just as exciting. However, over the last week my lack of enthusiasm started to make sense. And these feelings don’t take away from how much I loved my first half marathon experience.
I don’t want to spend my summer running as my top fitness priority. I’ve loved focusing on strength training in classes over the last month and am not ready to put it on the back burner again to train for another half. However, training for an endurance event was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Having a defined fitness goal kept me motivated and allowed me to connect with a new community of athletes with similar goals. I still wanted to train for a race this summer, but not for 13.1 miles.
After doing some research and receiving a few nudges from a Pro Spartan friend (who’s opening a fitness facility in D.C.), I registered for the Tri-State NJ Super Spartan on September 6. Ironically, this race is one day before the Chicago Half Marathon. If you’re unfamiliar with Spartan Races, watch the video below. A Super is an 8+ mile race with 20+ obstacles. To prepare for the Super, I plan to complete a Sprint (3+ miles, 15 obstacles) in either Connecticut, Pennsylvnia, or D.C. in June or July. While I’m completely new to obstacle course racing, I was new to distance running about six months ago. This new challenge is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of those unlimited classes this summer at studios like Barry’s Bootcamp, Exceed Physical Culture, Throwback Fitness, Fhitting Room, and As One. Stay tuned for my training adventures.