I feel like this week absolutely FLEW by and I love it. Time for some weekend running! I did manage to make a few trips to the gym this week, including an abs class on Wednesday evening. Let me just say, that was not a great idea. The class is pretty challenging under the best of circumstances, and I was still feeling REALLY sore from Sunday’s race.
For now, let’s talk about running a Spartan Race through Fenway Park!! Having grown up in a family of serious Red Sox fans, it felt almost surreal to be running through the park – we did push-ups in a locker room, ran through one of the dugouts, and scaled the A-frame cargo on the infield. It was seriously cool, and I’m so glad my mom and my brother got to experience it as their first Spartan Race.
Our goal with the race was just to stick together and have fun with it, and that’s exactly what we did. None of us had seriously trained for it, so we just took our time and really soaked up the Fenway experience.
There were a lot of different obstacles that I hadn’t seen when I ran the super in Barre this summer, with this being a stadium race. For example, we had to do a really long squat/side-shuffle thing along these ramps in the stadium where cords had been woven through the railings at alternating heights. Not super hard to do, but it really wiped out our quads by the end!The course also had a TON of stair running. Fortunately, my mom was still in great shape for that thanks to all her marathon training! We also got pretty good at getting over all the different walls by the end. My mom and I had a good system going where I would help give her a boost and then she would swing herself over. The only time we needed some serious help was at the 8-foot wall. This one was a doozy, and we probably stood there in front of it for a few minutes just trying to figure out how we were going to tackle it. Finally, an AWESOME Fenway staff member stepped in, and offered to help give us a boost. He was so enthusiastic and encouraging, and kept telling us, “Did you think an 8-foot wall was going to stop you from completing this course today? NO! You just showed that wall what you’re made of!!” He had me cracking up with the intensity of his excitement. 🙂
One of the obstacles I was most excited about trying was the rope climb.
(The total opposite of the Spartan Race perspective) 😉
My coworker had told me about a special technique for rope climb where you kind of “lock” the rope between your feet and step your way up the rope – supposedly, it makes the climb more about leg strength and less dependent on upper body strength (definitely a good thing in my case!). I have to say the method worked like a charm! I actually got way further up the rope than I expected, and I kept thinking to myself, “Oh my god, it’s working! I’m climbing this rope!” Well, almost at least… I didn’t make it all the way up, BUT I feel like this is an obstacle I will be able to get at some point. My mom also really wants to learn how to do the rope climb too now!
The course was only 3 miles, but between all the burpees, push-ups, and box jumps, we were WIPED OUT by the end. After we finished and claimed our medals and finisher T’s, we picked up our bags from the bag check area and headed out for some well-deserved lunch. We were all craving burgers after that workout and ended up at Wahlburgers, a restaurant owned by Mark Wahlberg and his family. It was delicious, and the perfect end to the afternoon.
Will I be able to get my mom and brother to join me for another Spartan Race at some point? Maybe, but I’ll have to let the memory of this one fade a bit first probably… 😉