Monday: 1500m row, 100 bosu burpees w/pushups, 50 bw squats, 50 hanging leg raises
Tuesday: 8.5m combo tempo (3m @ 6:49, 6:49, 6:44 -3:00 rest- 2 x 1m @ 6:22, 6:18)
I’m 4 weeks out from the OC 1/2 and 5 weeks away from my very first Spartan Beast. I know i’ve mentioned i’m afraid of the half marathon i’ve been prepping for, but there is a different fear that happens when I think about the Spartan obstacle course race i’m training for.
That fear is for the new, uncharted territory. I never thought i would be taking on an obstacle course race, let alone a tough one. I’m excited that this race is gonna be horrible/fun/terrible/awesome. I’m excited to see what my body can do, but definitely nervous for what I’m going to be put through physically and mentally. I know i’m going to cross the finish line in Ohio feeling like a different person. That’s the exciting part, now I just gotta get there.
Training for a Spartan has been a different experience, but they have so many tools to help prepare for the demands of the course which have helped me out.
1) Watch a Spartan on tv – Once in a while I catch something fun on espn or whatever sports channel… I watched an hour special about Spartan Elites a few months back and it was super motivating. (This is what really pushed me to participate!) Plus it gave me a good idea of the type of obstacles I would eventually tackle.
2) Spartan.com You can sign up for a spartan WOD (workout of the day) and they email you or your weekly workouts. Even if you aren’t training for an obstacle course race, I seriously recommend this to vary your workouts and put something fun & different in your routine. Most of the workouts include running so it’s perfect for runners trying to incorporate strength!
3) The books! Spartan has several books to help you train and get mentally prepared for the demands of the course. They have a new book coming out called Spartan Fit! which has a 31 day diet & workout plan (that doesn’t require a gym) and motivational Spartan stories.
Oh and did I mention the somewhat famous ultramarathoner, Dean Karnazes likes these books?
Monday: 6m easy 9:20/pace
Tuesday: 7.5m interval (8 x 800s @ 6:27/pace w/200m recovery at 10:00/p)
Wednesday: 1500m row, 30 min legs
Thursday: 9m easy 8:45/pace
Friday: Rest day- 2.3m walk w/LE
Saturday: 14m long 9:00/pace
Sunday: Rest day- 3m walk w/LE
Total Mileage: 36.5
Tips for doing a Spartan?
What type of race/activity gets you out of your comfort zone?