Spartan Race

So I finally got around to running my first Spartan Race.  It was a lot of fun and I definitely look forward to doing it again.  Hopefully these lessons learned help others that are about to begin their Spartan journey.

Lessons Learned:

  • Don’t go too light on your pre-race meal.  You’re gonna need the energy.
  • Footwear is very important.  The all terrain running shoes are pretty popular but I think soccer cleats might be more effective for traction but may cause issues on balancing type obstacles.
  • I was concerned about wearing contact lenses but they worked just fine.
  • Wear elbow pads & knee pads but at the same time wear as least amount of clothing as possible.  Whatever you do wear make sure it’s tight fitting.
  • It might be worth investing in a pair of weight lifting/training gloves.  Otherwise you may no chance against a mud slick rope climb.
  • Some obstacles require you to pay a penalty of 30 burpees if you fail the obstacle on your one and only attempt.  If you’re not sure what to do just wait for other racers to catch up and watch what they do.  Especially the ones that are successful.  It’s a lot easier to take the time to do it right as opposed to paying the penalty when you’re dead tired.
  • Look ahead to the next obstacle.  If you’re approaching a balancing type obstacle and you’re just getting out of a man-made lake, it might make sense to take the time to clean off your shoes.
  • Wrist bands work well right up until the point they’re completely soaked in mud.  You can just discard them at point, which leads to the next bullet…
  • Assume you’re going to throw away everything you wore for the race.  By the time you finish the race, you’ll probably we wearing an extra 10 pounds of mud.
  • Insect repellent might help for little while.
  • Trim the finger nails so it doesn’t get caught on anything.
  • Ice your wounds as soon as you can.
  • You’re going to be really sore the next day.  A light swim helps.
  • Do your homework.  Read other blog sites to see what others are saying.