June 6, 2012
Elation Centre runner, Halima Anisman, tells us about her experience in the Spartan Race.
I finished the Spartan Race this past muddy, rainy Saturday and it was SO FUN! I loved every minute of it and I highly recommend it.
This was my first race ever and what a great day. It is for sure a race for all levels. If you can run 5km, you can do this race. The obstacles are mostly made to make you uncomfortable (crawl through mud under barbed wire, run through mucky water, carry heavy awkward objects for small distances, and climbing walls). My final time was 55:06 minutes, but I feel I could have done it much faster. There were many times where I had to wait for an obstacle or was stuck single file behind other racers. Next year, I’ll be more aggressive. Most racers were there for a good time so it was just so fun.
To anyone considering this race for next year, I would say do trail running and as many push-ups as possible! Most of the obstacles required upper body strength and the most fatigue came from running. The only obstacle I could not complete was climbing a 12 foot rope, unassisted (no knots, or anything!). All the rest I could do and I have very limited upper body strength.
Hey, maybe a Beginner Spartan Training Session at Elation Centre for next year?!