Well I woke up to great news today - I won a prize in Anne's raffle to raise money for lung cancer!
More specifically, I won an entry into a Spartan race. I'm sure everyone knows what they are, so I'll skip the tl;dr and go straight to -
I am EXCITED! Those always looked like fun, but I've never been brave enough to really commit to it. They look intense and crazy, too. Even, dare I say, a bit intimidating! But thanks to Anne, I'm out of excuses, because it would be a waste not to do one now, right?
At a glance, it looks like there are two relatively close to me - the Super Spartan in Chicago on 9/27, and the Spartan Sprint in Milwaukee on 11/1. The Super is an 8-9 mile obstacle course, the Sprint is a 5k essentially.
Normally, I'm gung ho for the toughest challenge, but the super will fall the week after my 20 miler and 2 weeks before the marathon.
I'm eager to challenge myself and -really- excited, but I think opting for the super is a bigger bite than I can really handle while marathon training too! Not to disrespect the sprint distance - I have no doubt it will be both mentally and physically challenging - but I think it's definitely more up my ally this year. Who knows - maybe with one under my belt I'll try the super next year! Plus, this will give me something to look forward to after the marathon, and if my last half is an indication of post race blues, I'll probably need that!
If you've ever done a Spartan race, what did you do to train?