Thursday, March 29, 2012

A True Challenge for any Outdoors Enthusiast

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Here we are in March, all my ambitions of getting in better shape before my fire crew comes back on the clock in May are not getting me very far!  Oh yes, the hiking, running, and lifting are working some, but I know I could push myself harder with the proper motivation.  Oh yes, I've wintered well too, that's for sure! 

It's hard when you are working out on your own, life is busy enough as it is, and the weather outside does not cooperate so well.  How many of you find yourself in the similar situation, and find yourself fairly unprepared for the summer?  When it's time to start hiking into the backcountry lakes are you complaining about being out of shape?  How about when you jump a big one during hunting season, and it's time to sprint to the top of the ridge to get set up for your shot before he is gone, are you venting your frustrations then?  I'm always looking for the motivation to help me work out better.  I have a lot of friends in the same boat in the firefighting community.  Some enter marathons, some Iron Man competitions, but solid running isn't my thing, and I'm not much of a swimmer either.  So I want to share something with my viewers that has got me very excited about getting into better shape.  This will be great motivation for me, as I hope it will for you as well!


Spartan Race...I can't believe I have never heard of this amazing event until now!  This amazing race is more than a race, it's an obstacle course.  Talk about an amazing way to work out, the Spartan Race will give your body the workout of a lifetime as you push your body to the limits through this obstacle course!  Spartan Race was created with the idea that working out is not always torturous. It can be fun and entertaining, that is if you look at it in the eyes of a Spartan. What's even better is that all ages can enjoy the new muddy way to stay fit as long as they have the determination and self discipline to be part of this new fitness frenzy!

I went to the website for the Spartan Race, and to be honest with you, at first I was pretty intimidated!  As much as I was looking for a challenge I was worried more about embarrassing myself!  Let me warn you right now, if you watch the video on the homepage you are going to get pumped about Spartan Race!  Full of motivational words and quotes, and several smiling faces, how could you not get excited to give an event a try?

So, are you interested but maybe a little freaked out about what you might be getting into?  One great thing I like about Spartan Race is there are many different styles of racing and many different cultures of racers with races ranging from muddy 3+- mile events with 10 or more obstacles up to 40+ mile events.  Spartan Race is also one of the only events offering a kids race and a women’s network with Spartan Chicked- the race is one that promotes family, community, and overcoming obstacles.  This is truly a great way to get your entire family off of the couch and get them hooked to a desire to take care of their bodies!

If you are a beginner, the challenging 5k sprint trail races are a great way to get off your couch and start living.  From beginner trail racers and mud run participants to hardcore warriors, tough guys and marathon runners, they all come out to test themselves on the insane obstacle races! 99.9% of all people who try this event will finish, and 100% will have their thirst for mud & trail racing fully satisfied! 

Do you feel like there is no way you could ever get into the proper conditioning for something like this?  Don't get pulled down by despair!  Spartan Race offers their help to get you ready for an event in as little as 45 days!  With daily workouts, a weekly newsletter, and inspiring blogs you have all the help you need to get you from the couch to the finish line!  It really is as simple as signing up, showing up, and never ever giving up. Sure it will be tough but if you follow the plan and daily tips this will become a life changing experience. Join the 300,000 plus that will participate this year.

Of course you are going to have questions about Spartan Race that I have not answered here on this post.  I just checked out and you will find many frequently asked questions answered for you!  I found answers to the questions that I had.  Check it out for yourself!

Be sure to check out the Spartan Race website for more details on their events and training programs.  This is going to be a challenge for sure, but I want to give an event a try for sure, it looks like tons of fun and a great way to get in shape!  I really want to show this to my fire crew this year and I have hopes of getting them excited as well!  Hopefully we can all go run an event together!  In fact, Spartan Race will be in Utah on June 30th!  Be sure to check out the website, it's worth your time for sure.  Be sure to sign up for an event!  Give yourself a challenge!  What a great way to get in shape and learn a lot about yourself and what you can accomplish!

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