Last Sunday I took part in the hardest thing I have ever done in my life, ever. I took part in a Spartan Super contest. This is a 13k+ race with 20 obstacles which include swimming through lakes, carrying logs of wood, climbing over walls and up ramps, crawling under barbed wire and jumping over fire.
I like to keep fit, I really enjoy going to the gym and working out so I thought why not sign up, how hard can it be right? See I pretty much think this about everything in life, how hard can it be and I always end up disappointing myself by actually not being able to build that chest of draws I had volunteered to do or be able to paint my bathroom which has 12ft high ceilings on my own without any help (or ladder and I am 5ft and three quarters tall, the quarters count) so when I saw the opportunity to do this I naturally thought why the hell not? I am obviously the toughest girl in the world and I can do 2 pull ups so that makes me strong right? WRONG. apparently 2 pull ups is not really good enough when you have to carry a 40kg atlas ball or walk for ages carrying a massive sodding log.
Moral of the story, be wise before you sign up to these things and be a bit more realistic! The funny thing about this was that there was actually an easier race than the one I signed up to, which I decided was way too easy. Yet again another example of me thinking a tiny bit too highly of myself. All in all though, I finished it and actually I loved it (although I did cry at the end, don’t ask why as I honestly have no idea) but I completed it! It took me hours, of blood (no blood really thats an exaggeration), sweat (if there was any sweat left after swimming though a lake 3 times) and tears (lots of tears to my mum and boyfriend). Now I can’t wait to do it again next year!! Maybe next year I will do the even harder race? JOKES.
My tips if you have been as crazy as me to sign up to one of these races:-
1. Train your upper body! I don’t weigh a lot and I remember being 5 years old at school and easily being able to climb a rope and doing monkey bars. Nuh-Huh not any more my friend! Way harder than I remember.
2. Get your fitness to a reasonable level. You really don’t have to be a fitness freak to be able to do this, just be able to run about 5k continuously and be a strong swimmer as you never know what will be thrown your way and you will be fine.
3. Enjoy yourself! I had worked myself up into such a state before, I felt sick, I has nervous sweats and I had nothing to worry about. Just remember unless you are going out there to win then it really doesn’t matter! It is a fun day out to do with a friend (I did it with my friend Sophie who was great support btw) or a group and it is an achievement! It really is hard and if you have to walk some of the way that it fine!