Friday, November 22, 2013

Spartan Sprint: Fenway Park {Race Recap}

Settle in, this is a long one...

Last Friday the girls and I headed down to Boston to participate in the Spartan Race held at Fenway Park. We first stopped in Freeport for a yummy dinner before heading south, oh and a Starbucks at the Kennebunk rest stop, and finally got to our hotel well after the sun set. 

Though the beds were much more comfortable than our last road trip, we all had a fairly restless night. After getting ready with plenty of time to spare, we headed to the T station with the final destination of Fenway Park, home of the 2013 World Series Champs!

The pick-up of our bibs and timing chips was very organized and easy and we had about an hour to check out the venue, as heats of the race had been going on for almost two hours. It was nice to be able to see a few of the obstacles that we would soon be facing.

I was actually pretty calm, but very excited inside!

Maybe I look a little concerned...

It was getting close to our start time (9:30 AM) and we got word that they were running a little behind, so we headed to the start and got in line. After a few minutes we had to scale a 6' wall and then stood in another line for a good 20 minutes or so until it was finally our turn. We started out with a warm up of ten burpees and then we were off. 

A lot of this is going to be pretty fuzzy, there were a lot of obstacles/challenges and I can't quite remember the order of them all. What was nice was how they seemed to be evenly spaced along the course and we used the running sections to recover after each one. We all commented on how the running was actually the easiest part of the entire thing.

After running up a series of steps we scaled another 6' foot wall and carried a 5? gallon jug down two flights of stairs and back up. We then did a series of ramps with ropes zig-zagging across that we had to either duck under or step over.

There was a heavy jump rope that we had to complete 40 rotations before continuing on. At this point, my arms were already feeling like jello! Next was a rock/concrete that we had to pick up and carry to another spot, do five burpees, then return the rock to the starting point. There was a weighted ball slam that we had to do 30 repetitions and a row machine for 500 meters. 

Next we headed into the locker room! For 20 pushups...ugh. But it was super cool to be laying on the floor were the Red Sox were celebrating a huge win just a couple weeks before. The closest I've come to kissing the shoes of greatness. Maybe I should hope that they cleaned the carpet? Then the next bit of running had us going through the dug cool!

There was a challenge that had us lifting a very heavy stone attached to a rope and pulley that you had to lift to the top (at least a good 20 feet). Luckily, cross-fitter Karen was in our group and went first and showed us how to get it done. Use your body weight!

There was a series of six or so walls that you had to go over, under, or through. Shortly after that was a 7' wall followed by monkey bars. They weren't your run-of-the-mill playground monkey bars, but a series of 4-5" pegs over a span of approximately 16' that had some higher than others. 

We had to place rubber bands around our ankles and bunny hop up stairs and over ropes. Not my most favorite thing...I really had to pee! 

Next was the "rock wall" or blocks of two-by-four attached to plywood that you had to get across. Not quite as picturesque as when I rock climbed in Cornwall, England in college, but I remembered how to do it!

Then came the javelin throw. If you didn't get the javelin to stick into the hay bale, the penalty was 30 burpees! Luckily, I hit the target and passed this obstacle burpee free!

Now we had to carry a large weighted beanbag (pancake) throughout the stadium, up and down the bleachers.

Which brings us to the one obstacle that had us all a little worried - the rope climb. I haven't climbed a rope since 8th grade...sooooo 24 years. Guess what? I freaking did it! I climbed that rope and rang the bell at the top like a boss! 

We then headed into the stadium along the warning track, so I knew that the finish line was near...of course not before a few more obstacles! 

We had to climb up a large net and back down the other side,

then scale four 5' walls, followed by an 8' wall!

The last challenge was 20 box jumps, through the gauntlet...

... and across the finish line!

We are Spartans!

I was (and still am) so proud that I did this. I successfully completed every. single. obstacle. without assistance.   The only burpees I did were the ones that were a part of the challenges. No penalties for me! Woo-freaking-hoo!!!!! (Can you tell I'm a bit excited just reminiscing about this?) But even more so, I was so proud of our little group, how we stuck together and helped each other out. It would not have been nearly that fun without them!

Here's my final results:
Time - 1:09:21
4996 out of 8040 overall
1703 out of 3352 females
287 out of 555 in age group

What I was not prepared for was how incredibly sore I was for the days following. My legs felt pretty good, just the usual soreness after a hard run, but it was my upper body that took a huge beating. I literally could not lift my arms above my head. My shoulders, lats, and abs were so, so sore even to the lightest of touches. After all that I just did, I don't know how I could be surprised! But finally, more than 5 days later, I feel close to 100%. And knowing that I did it, with zero weight training, makes me excited to do it again.

I felt that the course and entire event was extremely organized and with the exception of the delay at the start, I don't know how they could do it any better. And check out the back of the medal...

Okay, now that you've made it through all that, aren't you excited to do one too?!? Click on this link for 15% off any Spartan Race!

And don't forget to check out The Spartan Beast World Championships aired on NBC Sports on December 7th!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a Spartan Race entry code to giveaway in exchange for promotion of the Spartan Beast World Championships.


  1. Welcome to the Spartan Family...AROO! Now you need to try one with mud, they are way more fun ;) And huge congrats on the spear toss...I've lost count of how many Spartan races I've done and I still have yet to make that obstacle! It is so frustrating for me!

  2. Oh… with mud. Maybe that's our next one, Carrie???? Vermont?

  3. Fun! Awesome medal and pants too btw!

  4. That looks so hard but appears you had fun!

  5. Ok, I am insanely jealous. Not only do I miss Maine immensely (raised in Yarmouth), but I am a lifelong Sox fan! How very cool that the race was in fenway!!! Congrats on the race and finishing all of it. Love the pics and the Spandits!

  6. Wow, that looks so freaking hard! I would not be able to move for days. Your outfits = awesome!


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