This was my only Spartan Race of the year and I’m disappointed to say it was less than great. I may be as bold to say I have no intention of ever running a Spartan Beast ever again. However, that being said ONE of the only positives from the day was this view!
In 2015, I ran 7 Spartan Races. 3 Sprints, 2 Supers and 2 Beasts. One of my favourite races of last year was the 2015 Ottawa Spartan Beast. The course at Mont St. Marie was beautiful. There was long running trail portions and unique obstacles. I even ran that race with a swollen hand and knew I’d have to do more burpees than obstacles due to lack of grip strength. But despite the “fat hand” I had an amazing race and even placed 6th in my age group.
For this race, I know that I’ve had minimal training since moving to Ottawa. Getting a new puppy and getting into new routines has been difficult. Despite the lack of training I still felt strong going into the race. You can see in the below photo that I’m half scared, half excited face leaving the start line.
While registration was organized much more efficiently this year the starting corral was not. They let elites out right at 8am and then it was a mad dash to the corral where they’d release waves of racers every 5 mins with no organization. I’m not really sure what time I actually left the gate. I haven’t found my Polar watch in all my moving boxes yet so this was a “naked” wrist race. Which I definitely don’t recommend on the longer races because it becomes harder to time your nutrition. I know my body and I usually take half a gel pack every 30 – 45 mins and this time I had to go by exertion. Every short hill climb I’d down half a pack of Endurance Tap and every long hill climb I’d finish a full container. It worked fairly well for me despite no watch.