It all started back in 2013, myself and 3 others from my old running group decided to try something new and signed up for our first obstacle race: The Survival Race (Long Island). IT WAS AWESOME!!! I instantly became addicted.
Later that year I completed 2 more races: Rugged Maniac (Brooklyn) and Merrell Down & Dirty (Bronx). During the latter race, I ran the Brick Division (in which you carry 18 pounds of bricks in a backpack), fell, and finished the race with a sprained ankle which took 6 weeks to heal. And still, I wanted more.
In 2014, I did the Spartan Race (Citifield) in 2014. I thought it was kind of easy, for all the rumors of how hard the Spartan Race was. It was fun, but wasn’t the “impossible” challenge I had been looking for.
Then, because I got free entry for blogging about it, I did the Foam Fest 5K (Brooklyn). This was a total beginner race and not really a challenge to me at all at that point, but I still enjoyed myself. I watched as one dude flew over one of the obstacles and dislocated is ankle. OUCH.
Then came Warrior Dash (Connecticut), which was, until that point, the most difficult (and most fun) obstacle race I’ve ever done. But of course, since I’m always looking for something a bit harder, I kept looking.
I signed up for Spartan Race in Tuxedo the day it opened. I really wanted try a “regular” Spartan Race and give it another try. Then, in January, I herniated my L4 and was out of commission for 4 months. No training, no exercising at all really. But still wanted to do it.
So, without any training at all, I proceeded to make my way to Tuxedo, NY to do this race.
I had no fucking idea what I was about to go through.
(To Be Continued)