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29 DAYS TO THE 5 k SPARTAN SPRINT

Yes, it is indeed a little crazy. But at least I won’t be able to say it was boring. I thought I was in fairly decent physical condition but after looking at videos of this race, I really have to question that thought.

I’m going to run the Spartan Sprint

So – I have 29 days to get ready. I’m sure I can finish the race; I just don’t want the race to finish me!

My biggest concerns right now are upper body strength and flexibility. I have the stamina to do the distance but can I do it pulling myself up and over walls, through mud pits and rope barriers? Can I climb huge boulders, scale hills and rockwalls, and still have the energy to run the distance?

Twenty-nine days. The training started today. I have to train hard, fast and furious. I’ll keep posting here just to make myself accountable.

Today’s workout;

  • Wide overhand grip pull ups, wearing my backpack with a 16 kg kettle-bell. Pull to failure…made it to 8
  • Narrow underhand grip chin ups. Pull to failure…made 6
  • Push ups wearing the same back-pack, again to failure. One set of 15 – one set of 10.
  • Inclined flies on the Swiss ball – three sets of 15 using 15 kgs weights.
  • Ten minute session with the kettle bell – snatches, one arm press and round-abouts – 15 each.
  • Bent over rows with 20kg dumb-bells…2 sets – 10 each side
  • One more set of 15 declined push-ups wearing the backpack with the kettle-bell.
After I re-hydrated I stretched everything for about 15 minutes.
That’s was it for today. Then I went for a slow 5 k run to relax and shake it out.
Weefy has a new camera so maybe I’ll get a few photos in for self- inspiration.
I’ll keep you posted.
The things I do for entertainment!
Take care – stay well.
Maybe start your own little “Spartan” workout routine. Let me know.
Doug
55 Comments leave one →
  1. Nerri Denagall permalink
    August 8, 2011 11:38 am

    I’m running the October race in Chicago and the Austin race in March…. I have a little more time than you to get ready. I run on a regular but I NEVER do any sort of obstacle course type training. I will be following this to get into a serious training mode. Thanks!!

    Nerri D….

    • coachdougbowers permalink*
      August 9, 2011 10:36 am

      Hey Nerri. Glad you found my website. The Spartan was awesome and a good challenge. Actually I surprised myself and did really well. I wasn’t too worried about time as I helped a lot of people over some of the obstacles. I continued my crazy work out regime and then ran The Warrior Dash and that was even tougher because it was held at a ski resort. The hills were brutal but it was a lot of fun. I’m doing a 10 mile run this Sunday and I’ve registered for a Tough Mudder and a couple of Spartans for next year.

      What kind of workouts are you presently doing?

      Rock on – quitting isn’t an option.
      Arooo!

      Doug

  2. Paula Garcia permalink
    January 11, 2013 4:40 pm

    Hi, I’m doing the spartan sprint race in april 23, I have never run in my life I do workout every day, any tips on how to train?

    • January 12, 2013 12:59 am

      Well – It’s kind of hard to give any information because I know nothing about you. However – the race isn’t so difficult – upper body strength isn’t such a big part of the sprint because it’s only 5 km. Basically – find some nice big hills and run…up! Do that every day – with rest days of course – until you can run for an hour or two uphill without too much trouble.
      Stay in touch and let me know how you progress.
      Doug Where are you running?

  3. Paula permalink
    January 12, 2013 10:22 am

    well I am not a runner but I do all my workouts at home, I’ve done Insanity, TurboFire, Asylum, Chalene Extreme and now combat so I’m always doing something, I want to do the spartan because it looks hard and fun and I think I can do it.

    I will run in citi field on april 23rd

    • January 12, 2013 11:43 am

      Wow~! Sounds like you are well conditioned and that’s awesome. The Spartan Sprint is only 5k. The toughest part is going up the hills – with what you’ve told me you will zip through the obstacles no problem. The videos are really well done and make it look super tough. Now when you go up a few notches to the Spartan Beast and up again…yeah – it gets really tough! You need serious stamina and upper body strength. For my first sprint I over trained and it was a bit of a let down. I finished and was like ” wha? – that was it?” Keep with your fitness classes and work on the running. It is fun – lots of fun – you’ll have no problem. After your first Spartan…you’ll be addicted like the rest of us!!
      Please keep in touch. I’d love to hear how you are doing.
      Doug…

      I have back to back Spartan Beasts scheduled this year along with two Tough Mudders…I better get running myself!

  4. Gavin Watt permalink
    January 23, 2013 9:59 pm

    Any advice for my wife trying to build endurance running. She can run 2k at the track now but needs work

    • January 24, 2013 10:30 am

      Hey – thanks for popping by.
      2 k is a good start! Most of the mud races …except the Tough mudder – don’t require a lot of upper body strength. Some is needed of course but I would concentrate on running…up hills. That’s probably the best way to build endurance. Keep with the good nutrition and stretching and “Run Forest run”! Hill running is awesome. Squats and Lunges are good to build leg strength but endurance…hills.
      Tell her good luck for me and I’d appreciate it if you would keep me posted on her progress. Did I mention hills?Up – a lot! And some distance running in between the hills.
      Cheers
      Doug

  5. Paul permalink
    January 26, 2013 11:04 pm

    Hello….I have been stuck on your site for the last 2 hours reading and learning. Someone posted the Spartan Sprint on Facebook and I searched, ” how to train for Spartan Sprint”, and your name came up.

    To give you a little background about me, I was in Law Enforcement for almost 17 years and was hurt in the line of duty. After four surgeries, I was unable to continue my police career. I was always in decent shape but after my injury I literally ballooned to 325 lbs. My normal weight was 220 lbs. The weight gain was unfortunate but my fault in the long run. Determined to lose the weight in October of 2012, I began to train and have lost 70 lbs with diet and exercise. I walk/jog 5 days a week , normally 5-6 miles at a time, Then today I stumbled across the Spartan and your website.

    I am determined to participate and complete this race. I do live in Texas and the next event is in May. I have read your advise and plan to step up workouts (Hills, and lots more Hills). Any other advise would be great.

    • January 27, 2013 6:17 am

      Paul – saying you are taking my advice is a a big compliment for me considering your background. Sounds like you are on the right track with the losing weight and putting in the miles. Eating properly and at the right time is a huge factor. Maybe I’ll do a post specifically on that. Keep up the good work man – that’s awesome. The Spartan? You’ll nail that easily!
      I believe in the saying, ” The harder I work – the luckier I get!”…so keep working hard!
      Please keep me posted on your progress and how you do in the Spartan cause I know you’ll be there.
      Doug

    • Angela Goodson permalink
      February 19, 2013 5:48 pm

      Loved reading your story. My group of ladies will be at Burnet in May as well. I’m terrified I’ll die halfway through, but I’m determined to finish. I’ve lost 100 pounds, but still have more to go. I’m so scared of this, but I was the group leader and can’t back out now. Good luck to you!!!!

      • February 20, 2013 11:02 am

        100lbs!! That’s awesome! If you can do that – the Spartan will be a walk in the park for you. A tough muddy but really fun walk!
        DO NOT BACK OUT! You can and you will do it because…you can.
        Please keep me posted. I would love to hear how things went.
        Doug

  6. Deb Uff permalink
    March 28, 2013 7:48 am

    Hi Coach Doug,
    I’m in a group that has committed to the sprint in Philly on 8/31. One of our family recently died after an 18 month battle that left some of us overweight and out of shape while caring for her 24/7. In her honor, we’re training and running the race as Team Sunflower. I’ve been an athlete all my life and have run marathons, but I’m kind of a penguin now, just waddling along (but still finishing!). I live in an area full of state parks and nature preserves and have a handful of trail runs ranging from pretty flat to all uphill. I will concentrate more on the uphill runs now.
    In an earlier post, you mentioned posting some ideas about eating the right foods and at the right times. I for one, would find that very helpful so I hope you are able to do it.
    Thanks for this board, i plan to visit often.
    Deb

    • April 2, 2013 11:41 am

      Thanks for popping by. You sound like you know where you are going and I believe you will finish strong. Hill running is almost a must for these types of races. Sorry to hear about your loss. I can relate as it was my wife’s illness that put us on the path to health and fitness. Fortunately she’s doing great.
      I’ll get my act together and do the post on eating the right foods at the right times. Rock on – I’d love to hear how everyone does on the course. Go Team Sunflower!!
      Doug

  7. March 29, 2013 11:00 pm

    I have a Spartan Sprint coming up May 11th. I can’t do a pull up and I have been trying for seven months!!! I run 5ks, do some sprinting, deadlifts, power cleans, rowing, burpees, push ups, and also the Marine Corps MARSOC short card.(modified for this 3 Star Marine Mom). Any suggestions…I’m mainly concerned about upper body

    • April 2, 2013 11:37 am

      Sorry for the delay but life has been really hectic lately – fun but hectic. It is a fact that pull ups are tougher for women than men. That’s just the physical makeup of our body. That being said I know dozens of women that can do 20 + pull ups. They all started pretty much the same way. Proper form and assisted. Remember you will be pulling with your lats and biceps primarily. Use a stool or chair for assistance in the beginning, really concentrate on “setting” your shoulder blades down and back and locking them in place. Don’t start from am hanging position – that can injure lig and tendons. Set the shoulders and start the pull with your lats – never lock out – raise all the way up bringing the bar to your chest not just your chin.
      That’s just some basics – if you have an e-mail I can send you 10 basic detailed steps on how to get started …but for now you are on the right path. Kick butt girl! Have fun on the Spartan – SMILE all the way through!
      doug

      • Tinka permalink
        April 19, 2013 2:20 pm

        Hi I committed to the spartan sprint on June 8th in Tuxedo NY. I am 51 year old former runner/42 min 19 sec on 4 mile run with no obstacles/. Start my training on April 12 and broke my left toe on April 17 what a bummer . Now i can not run for 4 weeks at least. Need to work on upper body to compensate for lost time. Need advise on how to do it.

      • April 20, 2013 8:23 pm

        Hi Tinka. Thanks for popping by. Well – you can run. A lot of people are worried about upper body strength. All the races I’ve done, legs and conditioning were more of a worry. That’s why I train by running hills. Mix up the routine with some strength training for sure – but what I tell most people – what has worked for me and many people I’ve worked with training for these races – run..up hills…a lot.
        Whatever you do, just don’t give up! it’s fun – meant to be fun. Go have fun. See what you got left in the tank.

        Keep me posted.
        Doug

  8. April 2, 2013 10:39 pm

    …soooo…I’m signed up for the spartan sprint June 2nd…im 47 and in “ok” shape…I go to the gym 4 days a week…I alternate between upper body and lower body and do about 35 minutes of cardio every time…some spartan videos make me think I have a chance…others make me think I’m out of my mind for even ‘considering it’…I’m definitely not a quitter which is WHY I think I have a chance…(i’m counting on my stubborness to not give up…I believe I have what it takes MENTALLY…not sure about the physical end of it) do I REALLY have to be in FANTASTIC shape..?!?!…my goal is to just make it thru…(speed isn’t important) I just want to be able to say “I DID IT”…do I stand a chance?!?! Lisa : )

    • April 3, 2013 9:18 am

      You have already beat the course! Stand a chance? I think you will have a ton of fun and rock the course. If it is just the sprint you will have no problem. You may have to slow down a little if the hills are big but if you’re not worried about speed – that’s cool. The videos make it to be a lot tougher than it really is unless you are doing the beast or Death race. The Sprint is challenging but fun. Go get ‘em!! I over trained for my first race and was a little shocked when I realized I had reached the end.
      Please keep me posted – I’d love to hear how you did. I know you will finish strong with a big smile.
      Doug

      • Frank speer permalink
        April 29, 2013 5:02 pm

        …thanks…I feel a little better now…lol….1 quick question…should I wear GLOVES of any kind…?!?!…thanks : )

      • April 30, 2013 10:21 am

        Gloves….it’s always a debate, Some people swear by them – some can’t use them. They get muddy and wet so even leather gloves become slippery. I would think it might depend on your hands. My are kind of tough and leathery anyway so I don’t wear gloves. But if your hands have soft or sensitive skin then maybe gloves might help. As I said – it’s an ongoing debate. Take a pair – try them. If you don’t feel comfortable – toss them. Sorry pal – not much help there.
        Just go have fun!
        Doug

  9. Jay permalink
    April 14, 2013 4:42 pm

    I’m 44 and just signed up for the Austin May 18th race. I’ve never done a 5k or mud run in my life, and I’m not much of a gym guy. My upper body strength is also a bit limited, mainly a tennis player. I have a month, so any help would be great. I’ve been doing some light running and can do the 5K distance (barely). Is this crazy on my part? Can I get in shape in time to finish a sprint? Do you have a plan I should try?

    • April 14, 2013 5:28 pm

      My advice – no plan…RUN! Up hills if you can find some. Entering the race is not crazy at all. They’re fun!! You will be surprised at how well you will do. As a tennis player, I’m guessing you have decent stamina for sure. All of the mud races here in Ontario are held at ski resorts so the hills are killers. But since I practice running hills
      ( http://coachdougbowers.com/2013/04/10/training-for-the-tough-mudder-spartan-and-warrior-dash/)
      I have a little advantage. But go for it – run, have fun. The obstacles will actually give you a chance to catch your breath. And the videos make them look much more dramatic and tougher than they really are. Yes, you may fall, trip, not make it to the top of the rope whatever…who cares? Go – give it your best shot – see what you got and then, then my friend, you’ll be ready and waiting for the next one! If you can run the 5 km, stop each 1/2 km and do 20 burpees or 20 squats or pushups…mix it up and then see what you can do for a sprint to the finish. Kick it up a notch…and smile. Even through the pain!

      Please keep me posted.
      Doug

    • Angee permalink
      April 14, 2013 7:38 pm

      Jay, some girlfriends and I are also signed up for this run. I am not in great shape at all. I commented a couple of months ago on another guy’s post here who is running the Burnet Spartan Sprint. I’ve lost about 100 pounds (I’ve been on a plateau and it’s got me discouraged), but still have about 81 to go. I’ll probably be the only fluffy one there. Honestly, I’m terrified and thinking of standing on the sidelines.

      Doug, I love the encouragement you give, I wish I was so sure of myself!

      • April 14, 2013 9:33 pm

        Pfft – standing on the side lines. At least you will be there! That’s more than thousands of so called “athletes” will be able to say. 81 lbs to go. Hmm – those plateaus are a pain in the Royal Butt. But don’t give up – don’t make me come down there and push you over the finish line…and I’m just about crazy enough to do it. Keep going – do you best. Don’t hurt yourself along the way. Keep it marked as fun but serious fun. It’s not a torture test though it may seem that way sometimes. Smile, even through the pain…and you’ll be fine. Now – get out there and run!
        doug

  10. Jay permalink
    April 16, 2013 3:55 pm

    Good Luck Angee! I will keep an eye out. Coach Doug-Any thought on footwear, gloves, etc? Is running every other day, with weights and walking on alternative days a good idea? Should I go 7 per week, or build in a rest day?

    • April 17, 2013 12:38 am

      Hey jay; Gloves are always a big debate – some people swear by them – I don’t use them. i think that’ll be a personal call. I always build in a rest day ( I’m old!) Don’t burn out but push it to the limits. Footwear – I swear by my old Merrills. Same pair has gone through 8 mud runs, one 1/2 km road race, and several 10 km and 16 km races plus two winters…and still holding.
      strong. Man just talking about this stuff is exciting – I can’t wait!
      Go Go GO!
      Doug

      • Angee permalink
        May 24, 2013 10:15 am

        Thought I would come back and report that I did complete the Spartan! My time was horrible and I wanted to cry by the time it was over, but I finished it. I only skipped three obstacles (there were a LOT more than they advertised, we counted 25) and it was 4.5 miles instead of 3.1. The accomplishment I was the most proud of was the 7-foot wall I scaled and I HATED the barbed wire, lol. I twisted my ankle at mile three, walked it out and then had the worst charlie horse I’ve ever had in my life at mile 4. Took me 10 minutes to massage/stretch it out. I didn’t mind the mud as much as I thought I would and I was wishing for more water obstacles because it felt divine in the Texas heat. By the 2nd post-race day, we were already planning next year’s trip, but learned today, they’ve upped it to a Super Spartan. Not sure about that one.

        But for a gal who’s lost 100 pounds, has 80 to go, I was pretty freaking proud of myself. And I was AMAZED at how encouraging people were and how helpful they were…ready to cheer us on and congratulate us for making the choice to persevere. It was a contagious feeling to help people conquer obstacles and spur them on when they were struggling.

        Wondering how you did, Jay, and to say thanks to Doug for the encouragement from so far away.

      • Jay permalink
        May 24, 2013 12:30 pm

        Congrats Angee! It was a great experience, and better than I thought. Definitely going back, but next time–I need to work on the upper body strength more. My goal was to limit the burpees to no more than 5 obstacles, and I made it. Only fails were monkey bars, javelin throw, rope climb and lateral wall! Great experience. Thanks Doug for the motivation.

  11. Angee permalink
    May 24, 2013 1:09 pm

    Lateral wall…the slanted wall with the ropes?? I was at the top twice and couldn’t get over. Also totally skipped the rope climb, I knew I was out on that one. The javelin went into the hay and fell out so I called it good, lol. When we were at the monkey bars, some girl fell off and hit her tailbone on a rock. Hurt her pretty bad, scared me to death.

    • Jay permalink
      May 24, 2013 1:40 pm

      No. The lateral Wall was the faux rock climbing wall, that you had to cross by only holding on to the blocks. wasn’t difficult, I just slipped off. too much mud.

  12. Angee permalink
    May 24, 2013 2:00 pm

    Oh!! The traverse wall!! That water walk just past that is where I got the worst charlie horse I’ve ever had in my entire 38 years!!! I thought I was dying, lol.

  13. May 25, 2013 11:22 am

    Angeeeeee!! You rock girl! That’s awesome. Yeah – twisted ankles – charlies horses – screaming lungs – soreness the next day…that’s all part of the deal. (I don’t mention those things up front…hee hee). But the adrenaline rush and the sense of accomplishment can’t be beat. I’m so proud of you. Yeaaa haaaawww – doin’ the happy dance!
    Jay – already planning for the next run! You’re hooked – I love it!
    SO? Get crackin on that upper body strength. Time waits for no Mudder!.

    So happy to hear you both finished the runs…Now to hear the stories of the next BIGGER run!

    Smiles from the proud blogger;

    Doug

  14. Alexis permalink
    June 1, 2013 10:16 am

    So I am in high school and I am about to do my first Spartan Race tomorrow! Im doing it in a team with my friends and a parent. I run distance in Track and Field and I run Cross Country so the most I can run at once is 6 mi. However, I’m nervous about the race due to the obstacles. For someone who can run distance, do you think that the Spartan Sprint Race tomorrow in Tri-State will be extremely difficult? I’ve heard its less lifting. I’ve seen videos, of the race and have trained such as running, lifting, and doing tons of burpies!

    • June 3, 2013 10:43 am

      Sounds like you are ready! Get cracking and no stopping until you get hit with those big red Batons at the end of the race! Happy running.

  15. Shari permalink
    June 2, 2013 12:28 am

    Well, there are hills in my future. Signed up for the Spartan Sprint in Edmonton and am terrified, but determined. Been training for about two months, but because of rotten back problems can’t do burpees, not well anyway. Guess I’ll have to just get through all the obstacles. All these comments and success stories absolutely rock.

    • June 3, 2013 10:42 am

      terrified is good – the fear will drive you forward and then you will see just how good you are!! Kick butt and keep running!
      doug

  16. Dan permalink
    June 4, 2013 3:39 pm

    Hi, just completed tristate Spartan Sprint. I am 39 and started crossfit in Feb to get into shape for this race. I did well on the obstacles (only missed log walk thing and javelin throw) but the sheer amount of hill climbing killed me. I agree with you, next time going to add hill running big time into my training :)

    • June 5, 2013 1:56 pm

      Awesome!! Crossfit is amazing for those that can actually do it!
      Most people miss the javelin throw – for us it was 30 burpees and the sergeant was not letting anybody cheat on them.
      Hill running – great for any training. Well done and congrats on completing your first Spartan…I have a feeling it won’t be your last!

      Doug

  17. Tatyana permalink
    July 5, 2013 10:59 am

    High its been two months half since i have gotten back into working out . I do HIIT three times a week , zumba twice, and do other outdoor activities . I did my first 5k over the weekend i enjoyed even though i stuffer with the shin splints. I buying compressions socks to help with that. I am signing up for the Spartan Sprint, in cambridge ,uk with a group of friend for the experience. I am not a runner and not in the fittest person. What are great tips and workouts can you give to me to prep for the event since i only have a month and half to do so. I am so nervous/ scared but really pump about do it as well.

    • July 7, 2013 7:46 pm

      You are doing exactly what you have to do…if you aren’t a runner – just do the best you can. I can’t speak for where you are but the courses here are all ski hills. They are tough. Running/sprinting hills is one of the best ways to prepare yourself. Throw in some upper body weight exercises and you’ll be good to go! Stay hydrated…always. Enjoy and keep me posted. Be sure to have FUN!
      Doug

  18. yvette permalink
    July 8, 2013 1:46 pm

    Hi Doug,
    I’m so glad I came across your blog which is extremely helpful. I will definitely add hills to my training and burpees just incase I have to do a bunch of them. Thanks for the advise.

    • July 9, 2013 10:29 am

      You’re very welcome…all I can say is GO! GO GO! And DO NOT forget to have fun. If it’s not fun…stop and have an ice scream!
      Enjoy and please let me know how you did.

      Doug

  19. Denise Dauvin permalink
    September 6, 2013 10:14 am

    Hi Doug,
    We are a Canadian team doing our first Sprint, ages 22-60! We have been training for a couple months now. My Question is how to make a Javelin to practise throwing?
    Denise

    • September 6, 2013 10:43 am

      Wow! Sounds like a great group!! Where and when are you running? I’ve done 3 Sprints now and the Ultra and the Beast. Personally I wouldn’t spend much time practicing throwing the javelin. The “spears” they have are sticks,sort of like over sized broom handles, with a spike driven into the end. They aren’t balanced or straight. It’s a 5 second effort – you get to the site – grab a spear and throw it at the target. Sometimes they say it has to stick and stay – two runs were happy if you just hit the target. Watch how they throw a javelin on the internet somewhere and do your best. Throw hard! That’s about it.
      My suggestion for the Sprint…run!!! Run everyday and if you can, incorporate hills into your routine. You will need to develop a little upper body strength but cardio is the most important – distance running. Look at Hobie Call – he’s a marathon runner that’s why he wins all the Spartan Races. The insane Death Race? He never made it half way thought because it requires a different type of body. Go have fun. You’ll do great.
      Hope that helps you a little
      Doug

  20. Deb Uff permalink
    September 7, 2013 12:18 pm

    Hi Doug, We’re doing the sprint at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philly on 9/28. I’ve watched some videos of prior stadium runs and they look a lot different than the others. Concrete and steps for one thing! And no mud or fire, bummer. My main question is burpee technique and enforcement. (Can you tell I’m already preparing to fail some obstacles?) I have watched so many videos and read so many blogs about burpee technique and burpee enforcement (or lack thereof). I’d welcome your comments.
    Thanks,
    Deb – Team Sunflower

    • September 7, 2013 7:21 pm

      Well – at least you’re active and doing something…that puts you ahead of the pack already. Concrete and steps….well steps can be useful for training but in an obstacle race I’m not so sure about. Burpees? Depends on who is running the station at that particular time. I’ve seen guys standing over runners screaming at them and counting out the 30 or 40 burpees they are supposed to do,,,and I’ve also seen people attending the station that were just waiting for the day to finish and didn’t care if you did 1 – 20 or no burpees at all. My suggestion – be ready to do 30 on very short notice but plan to do none – Kill the obstacles!! Yeaaahhh Deb – you can do it! Go get’em. Burpees? Never mind – up and over , under or through – Go Go Go!!!
      That’s my thoughts anyway. Hopefully it is of some use to you and your team-mates. If you have someone to take photos somehow that would be great. I find the photos they offer online very expensive.
      Doug

  21. March 23, 2014 11:21 am

    Nice nothing beats the feeling of being really fit and healthy :)

  22. March 23, 2014 12:07 pm

    These Mud Runs are so much fun…followed by a cold beer! Have you ever tried one? They start at small 5 km runs and go to the ridiculous. You should check one out. You would love it!!

  23. April 26, 2014 8:11 pm

    I LOVED my first spartan sprint! It was an incredible experience and so much fun! Now I am hooked.

    • April 27, 2014 5:55 pm

      …and so it goes…Sprint – Beast – Tough Mudder…now you’ve started something! Congrats!! There will be many more to come. Love to hear how you do. Aroo!

  24. IWillKillTheGreenRace permalink
    July 21, 2014 6:03 pm

    I have 102 days til my first Spartan Beast. I have not worked out consistently for a year. I had a couple months interspersed where I worked out for a month then stopped, then did it again. I did the Spartan Sprint in May 2013 and loved it. I missed the Spartan Super in May of this year because of international travel. Does anyone think I am making too big of a jump? I am on a half marathon training schedule to get the cardio and I am doing Insanity this summer. Also doing several test runs at a place called Power Park Fitness, that is essentially a Spartan Race practice track (no affiliation to Spartan Race). Any tips? I have already committed to it so there is no backing out.

    • July 22, 2014 1:34 pm

      only one tip – stay committed! If you loved it as you said and you want to do it again – go for it. It’s not like you’ll lose you’re job if you don’t win or something. Train hard – go in and have fun. If you need a rest stop along the way so be it. Work hard – play hard – enjoy life to the fullest!
      Doug

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