I have a bad habit of doing things that I’ve never done and believing that I should be able to do them. This seems to work when I bring a dish I’ve never made to a party or I graduate college on my third try with a 4.0 GPA. It doesn’t work out so well with physical activity. I mean, I believed I should be able to run a Spartan race but I was terrified the whole time that I couldn’t do it. But I did it. I was wracked with fear that I wouldn’t be good enough, and in the end, I finished. So maybe this attitude does work. I just need to stamp out the naysayer in my head. In other words, I believe I should be able to, but when I can’t, I get down on myself. Then again, my belief pushes me further than I ever dared to hope. I didn’t do all the obstacles. I couldn’t get over a wall by myself. I didn’t do all the burpees either because I ran out of gas. And yet, I got my medal because I dragged my butt for 5 miles and left it all on the course. So this bad habit gets me in trouble...the good kind. And wasn’t that Pippi Longstocking’s problem too?
Snatch 6x2, every 90sec
AMRAP in 6min of:
12 Power Snatches, 115#/75#
6 Bar Facing Burpees
Power Snatch 6x1 + 2 Front Squats, every 90sec
AMRAP in 6min of:
12 Power Snatches, 85#/55#
6 Bar Facing Burpees
6x3 Hang Power Snatch + 20sec Side Plank ea side, every 90sec
AMRAP in 6min of:
12 Hang Power Snatches, 65#/35#
4 Cycles of:
AMRAP in 5min of:
150’ Prowler Push
150’ Prowler Push
10 minutes stretching/Cool Down as class
Race Recap: Spartan Beast PH 🇵🇭 Having only ever run a sprint, I had no concept of how to really prepare for a 21km race this weekend. My knee is still flaring up around 10km and even on the start line I was just hoping to make it round without a new injury. I started slow as we ran through ankle deep mud but used a climb and stream crossing to get slightly ahead. I got 2/3 sections across Twister then slipped off (cue cuss words and burpees 😂). Kept running while my knee felt good and eventually reached the first gauntlet. After a rolling mud we were faced with a slip wall that the Americans would be proud of, barely enough rope to grab and no way of running up due to the mud. It took me 3 attempts but I made it and it was then over in to atlas carry, dunk wall and rope climb. Approaching Bucket Carry after this I decided it was time to use the strength and didn’t heed @ilonajte’s ‘its really fucking slippery on the hills,’ warning. Got to the top of the hill and stacked it - stones everywhere 🤦🏻♀️ Had to spend a very tense few minutes scooping them back in and really got the giggles 😂 The rest of the race basically consisted of checking how much I had left to run and walking when my knee hurt too much. Everything was SO wet and muddy and I slipped off Z-Wall, slipped off Olympus and then of course missed my spear 🤦🏻♀️ Coming in to the final km we had a rig and monkey bars which I managed to clear 💪🏽 but then I was stopped just before the fire jump to recall my memory test and had swapped a 2 with an 8 in my head so had to do a heartbreaking set of burpees literally on the finish line 😱 I was chuffed to have finished with no pain and went to hunt Ilona down, who had to take me to the timing tent because I didn’t believe I’d have any chance of a podium! Overall the course was epic, I loved trying some new obstacles and running pretty much alone through the rainforest was awesome. I now need to focus on practicing obstacles wet because it’s such a game changer but everyone needs a goal and all in all I’m beyond chuffed with the result. 💪🏽
Give this leg workout a try 🏋🏻♀️
3 sets of each group, 10 reps each:
Alt side lunges
Weighted bridge press
Goblet sumo squat
Rear alt lunges .
Then, 3 rounds, 30 seconds each with 15 second rest in between:
Sumo squat jump
Bear hops side to side
Cashout, 3 rounds, 30 seconds each:
Flutter kick leg lifts
High plank with alt leg lifts
TAG a friend who loves #legday
Still on a high from yesterday’s race and so stoked to find out that I actually came in 3rd out of all the age category women that ran the Beast. Pretty sure I’m the most excited looking podium finisher, must work on looking cooler 😂😎 In other news, I have never been more excited for a rest day, I hurt in places I didn’t even know existed!
Did you do it?
What did it cost?
Trifecta weekend done. I need a beer.
Lots I need to to improve on (mostly the spear throw) but I also need to get stronger. The bucket carry absolutely killed me and given the number of broken buckets several other people. But my arms were wrecked after that. Which led to more burpees.
Epic race and beautiful venue. Over 13Miles/35 Obstacles. I failed 5, but we did 15 good Burpees as Open participants. Coming out here,after been sick, I did Open with a friend. I though first 9 Miles were a lot easier than my last 2016/Elite race I did here, but that 2nd SandBag Carry( after a 2 Mile “DeadMarch”) and brutal BucketCarry ( I had never seen so many abandoned Buckets nor so many women walking it empty handed!!!!), packed in between a lot of Obstacles made the last 3 Miles a hellish task!!!😄. I ripped my left hand at Twister early on so I could not do RopeClimb with gloves on. Glad was Open because I could not have done HerculesHoist, nor Olympus, without help from my friend (we helped each other only at those two...). Weather was gorgeous and WaterSwim was a perfect!(...it was freezing in 2016). Glad I was able to Finished under 7hrs. I only saw a few SpartanMates but they were all there tackling this course. Congrats to all!!!🏁🤗🏁. And a shout to all Volunteers, Staff, Organizers for such a great Event/Venue. Aroo!!! #spartanrace#killington#beastmode#trailrunning#obstaclecourse#spartanfamily#over50#personaltrainer#legpower#gripstrength#hills#mountainseries#buckfurpees#challengeaccepted https://m.facebook.com/SpeedyG1404/
The BEST birthday gift I got, I'll be turning 46 in a few days. It is absolutely a hard earned gift cause this is by far the hardest #spartanultra I had ever done. A total of 4 grueling laps of Death March, it used to be just 2 laps from the regular course but with the additional miles (5-6 miles) for the ultra runners with 2 more difficult Death March were added. My quads are still burning from all those crazy climbs in Killington until now but the good side is am injury-free. #spartanracekillington#spartanultra#ultrabeastbuckle#aroo#stfu#buckfurpees#pinoyocr
*Portrait of a DNF*
I injured my knee today at Killington and had to pull myself off the course at mile 7. I didn’t want to damage it more by continuing the race. Honestly, it was harder for me to stop racing than I think it would have been to push through the pain and finish. OCR is about pushing yourself. If I stop, I’ll look like a quitter, like I’m not strong enough to finish this thing. Everybody around me told me I could do it and pushed me on - if I quit I’ll be letting them down too!
All thoughts that went through my head, but here’s the deal - we all get one body, and it’s important that we take care of it - even when taking care of it looks like quitting. Taking care of yourself isn’t weakness - it’s making sure you can be strong for a long time, instead of just strong in this moment. I’ll be back next year, Killington ❤️ #spartan#spartanrace @medaladdict #killingtonbeast#spartanbeast#ocr#obstaclecourseracing#injury#stayhealthy#fitgirlsofig#fitgirls#fit#fitfam#fitnessjourney#fitness#AROO#buckfurpees
When you only have just enough bodyweight to get the hoist off the ground.... Good burpee free race at the Perth Spartan Beast, the bucket carry broke me but big improvement on last year with 11th place. 💪 Thanks to coach Tom @veohtu for the support and awesome training program! #spartan#spartanbeast#ocr#mactuff#mactuffraceteam#veohtu#buckfurpees