Fenway Spartan Sprint

Happy Friday!

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.

Spartan Fenway sprint 2015I looked for the photos of me, my mom, and my brother tackling the course, but for some reason, couldn’t find any of us! 😦 I was a little bummed, but I’ll be sure to post any that I find later on.

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.

Fenway Spartan Race | 2 Generations RunningOur 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!Fenway Spartan SprintThe 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.

Spartan Fenway Sprint

(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!

Fenway Spartan SprintThe 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… 😉

Back in Town

Oh happy days, I AM BACK IN TOWN!

2 Generations Running

Just to summarize my recent travels – first, there was Indianapolis, then home for a day, and then I was off to Maine with my mom. Then, back to my apartment for a day and off to Houston, TX. If I include connecting flights, I think that’s 6 states I’ve been in in the past 2 weeks. Yikes!

While I love traveling, I’m SO ready for a break. I’m excited to have some downtime to yes, focus on my blog, and get back into a routine at the gym. And needless to say, airport food (and all the restaurants I ate at while traveling) were not exactly conducive to my goal of focusing more on my nutrition. But, I’ll be home for a while now and I’m ready to start fresh.

I kicked off my return to Boston with a pretty cool race this past weekend.

Fenway Spartan Race | 2 Generations RunningThe FENWAY SPARTAN SPRINT! I worked at the event on Saturday, which was kind of exhausting (especially after my flight got in around 12:30 AM Thursday), but also kind of fun because it got me really amped up to race on Sunday with my mom and my brother.

I’m going to save the recap until our free race photos are posted, but given that we are all standing upright and smiling in the above photo, I’d say it was a success! 🙂

This week, I’m looking forward to getting back into a routine at the gym (once I get over how sore I am), and soaking up these wonderful last few days of warm Fall temperatures! November has been weirdly pleasant so far… I hope that doesn’t mean we’re due for a snowstorm.

How was your weekend?