I'll be the first to admit I had a really sour attitude going into the Spartan Race Tri-State Sprint on Saturday. While my training has been progressing, the scale has not budged for months and I'm definitely too heavy to race as competitively as I want to. Could I safely complete the course? Sure. But that really wasn't my only goal. Based off the times the previous week at Tuxedo, I needed a 1:30 finish to have a shot at qualifying for OCR World Championships. Quite frankly I was embarrassed to show up at the start line at my current weight. However, the boyfriend was racing, I was not about to pay another deferral fee, and I am very fond of the Tuxedo course. So I decided to test out my hiking legs and get my hands on some new obstacles prior to seeing them later this summer when I plan to be at a more acceptable racing weight.
Emilie Jones is an OCR athlete on a mission to become an Elite racer. Follow her journey through this blog and on social media.