Running With the Spartans?

#SPARTAN UP IN 2014

Let me preface this by saying (as I have said before) – I’m a runner.  I intend to lose weight, get myself in good shape, and take care of myself.  I will race, because it’s fun, but I’m not out to push the limits of endurance, or move mountains.  Other people, however, ARE out to do that, and since a buddy of mine, Bob Burnett, is involved in this sort of race, I thought I’d post something about them and fill in those who may have missed the new craze.

Spartan races come in four flavors – Sprint, Super, Beast and Ultra Beast.  All are obstacle-ridden courses, differing in length and difficulty.  They are being held around the world, and people are calling them unforgettable, life-changing experiences.  I bet they are.  Most of the photos I’ve seen of finishers resemble others I’ve seen of soldiers crawling through swamps, or people lost in the desert for days… The thing is, all these people are smiling…

I am not an expert on Spartan racing, but I have a couple of links to share.  Before I do that, I’m going to explain very briefly why I’m posting this, and why I’ll post follow-ups about Bob and his endeavors, along with my own ramblings on the more mundane sport of road running.

I feel good these days.  I’m much healthier, and I know for a fact that my progress has influenced others already.  I sort of formed a team – over at US Road Running – beginning with my daughter Stephanie and my son Zane (hope to slowly expand that).  I’m going to be involved in healthy things.  Endurance races, 5k, Marathons, etc.  It won’t always be me doing them, but I am very supportive of a healthier lifestyle- more exercise, less food, happy people.  I now consider Bob the official Charter Spartan for the “Crossroad Cruisers,” the team name I did not give much thought to, but that actually fits (Synchronicity?) Roads.  Cross-fit.  I have passed a lot of crossroads in the last few months, approaching 500 miles and a bunch of them this year.

Anyway…

Head on over to the SPARTAN RACE HOME PAGE and check out all the pictures, events, sign up for their notices, and – if the Spartan Spirit moves you – choose a race.   If you plan to do that, FOLLOW THIS LINK FOR 15% OFF ANY SPARTAN RACE.  Don’t say I never gave you anything…

 

David

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