“I cannot explain the sense of pride you feel as you take your final leap over a fire pit”

“I cannot explain the sense of pride you feel as you take your final leap over a fire pit”

By My Two Mums

Lifestyle bloggers Kirsty and Clara changed their diet and fitness regime to prepare for their first Spartan Race in Windsor. Here’s how they got on.

Ever since I discovered Spartan Race online, I knew that one day I would complete one. My wife and I are big on setting challenges for ourselves and agreed that a Spartan Race would probably be our biggest challenge yet.

Despite all best intentions, we weren’t the fittest and were carrying a few extra stones between us. From the day we signed up for the Windsor Sprint we knew big changes were needed. With a change in diet and a new fitness regime we managed to shift two stone between us and reach a totally new level of fitness by race day.

Our race day began at 5am when we started our two-and-a-half hour journey to Windsor. On arrival, we were pleased to see how well-signposted the race location was. After meeting up with family and friends, who very kindly looked after our son for us, we were at registration and getting psyched for our start time.

With our GoPros set and a quick warm-up from a David Lloyd Personal Trainer at the start line, we were off into the unknown. We jogged our way round the course, helping each other over walls, offering encouraging words as we crawled through drainage tunnels and motivated each other as our muscles started to burn.

I was impressed with the huge amount of racers who stopped to offer a kind word or a hand at an obstacle. Despite training as hard as possible, there were obstacles that proved a bit too tricky for us, which meant we took on quite a few burpees. My best advice for virgin Spartans is to practice burpees every single day as weather conditions could mean you fail an obstacle you feel confident about. With each failed obstacle comes a penalty of 30 burpees.

The obstacles tested pretty much every muscle in our body. We scaled various heights of walls, crawled under barbed wire, waded through waist-high water, jogged through thick boggy mud, carried heavy logs and bear-hugged buckets full of soil. It was the best experience. I cannot explain the sense of pride you feel as you take your final leap over a fire pit before crossing the finish line.

We were so impressed with the volunteers and overall atmosphere of the event that we have decided to challenge ourselves and complete our first Trifecta next year.

Wish us luck. AROO!

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