One year ago I was lining up at a start line, freezing cold, not knowing what to expect and wondering what it was I was going to have to do. I told myself I was going to take it easy, but once we were released to go, I took off into the unexpected. The cold, rainy weather, mud and ice cold water was only a piece of what I was experiencing. Along the way I was running up steep hills, climbing over walls, crawling under what felt like a mile of barb wire, climbing ropes and doing burpees in the mud. I managed to finish and never felt so alive. That day was December 7th, 2013 in Malibu, CA at the Spartan Malibu Sprint, the day that marks the date when I would never be the same.
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He told me as a coach and friend, he honestly felt I was making the right decision and to let go of bikini competing for now. NOT because I am not a good competitor, but my head needs to be 100% into what I am doing.
The SOCAL Beast, one of many races put on by Spartan held in Temecula, CA. With estimated high temperatures of 105 degrees + on race day, September 13, 2014, one of my proudest days.
With anticipation and nerves building up days to a race, there are many things to think about. The week before a big race can be crucial depending on length of race and intensity, training, nutrition, hydration and rest are all very important. I am going to keep this very basic and easy to understand.
Run a Spartan race? Pffsssshh! Run two maybe even three in a weekend? In Hawaii? Sure! Why not??