Have you ever heard that when little kids sometimes act out or perform poorly in school it’s because they are bored and need more challenging material to learn? Well, it doesn’t really go away as we get any older. Studies show that continuing to challenge ourselves will help to keep us happy and healthy. If you’re not challenging yourself mentally and physically chances are you won’t be at your best.
The running community embraces challenge continually and it is truly a mental sport as much as it is physical. For some, though, the traditional road race just isn’t enough. This is where Reebok’s Spartan Race comes in.
Spartan Race is an obstacle based race designed to get you out of your comfort zone in a fun and exciting way. It was designed by 8 ultra athletes for those who wanted a challenge beyond road races, trail races, tough mudders, and the like.
There are 3 different distances: the Sprint (3+ miles, 15+obstacles), the Super (8+ miles, 20+ obstacles), and for the really crazy, the Beast (12+ miles and 25+ obstacles).
The folks over there at Spartan Race really know how to plan an event and they have some really exciting weekends planned! You can check out www.spartanrace.com to see all of the events (all over the country!)
For those on the east coast, there is a Sprint Spartan in Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA on September 20, 2014. Those who dominate this event have a chance to win entry into a Super Spartan!
We all know how addicting endurance events can be, and the Spartan Race is no different. If you truly want to challenge yourself and push your body and mind to the limit, they are having a Trifecta Weekend in Hawaii (!!!) August 16th and 17th where they will have Sprint, Super, and Beast races and if you complete all 3 you will earn the highly coveted Trifecta medal and become part of the Elite Trifecta tribe. Think Disney’s Dopey or Runner’s World Hat Trick on crack. Seriously these races are no joke.
Are you signed up yet? No matter where you are or what your fitness level is, there is a Spartan Race to fit your needs and get your grit out.
Now, for the most exciting part? I have one FREE entry into any Spartan Race to give away to one of you lucky ducks! It will be good for any open heat in any 2014 race in the continental U.S. To enter, leave a comment telling me what challenge in your life you are most proud of overcoming. Also if you spread the word on twitter, facebook, or instagram leave another comment letting me know for an additional entry by Thursday, May 1st. I’ll pick a random winner on Friday, May 2nd!
Good luck! And do something to challenge yourself today, your body and mind will thank you 🙂