The Spartan Stadium Race at Citizen's Bank Park was slated as the last race of my 2015 OCR Season. I was planning to crush this race. However, things did not unfold as expected. Five weeks prior to CBP I started my taper for the OCR World Championships. That race destroyed my body and my training plans for the next two weeks. Then I did the GORUCK Tough in NYC after that which trashed the next two weeks of workouts. This unexpectedly became my off season and recovery period. A week out from CBP I realized I was going into the race with 5 weeks of no training. I cleaned up my diet and sleep habits for the week and hoped for the best.
Once we cleared the steps I set a decent pace, just a tad faster than my body wanted to move. I had decided I'd rather push too hard than not hard enough. Up and down stairs and in between bleachers I went. After losing the group I started with I surprisingly ran the majority of the race alone. Over some walls and the usual Stadium obstacles, such as box jumps, bear crawls, and ball slams. The Hercules Hoist went up and down without an issue. I flashed a smile at the volunteer who said some form of compliment. The monkey bars sneaked up on me and I started off on a rough note. I had to pause and swing my body in the correct direction before continuing on. I made it, but the beginning was sketchy. More bleachers, and I was thankful people were polite and courteous when I passed them.
I entered the stadium and the heat hit my body like a brick wall, slowing me to a brief walk. I did 20 hand release push ups in the locker room, came down the steps and back outside. My body was shot, I was concerned there was more course left than I had in me. I heard a friend yell my name from the stands just as I realized I was on the warning track. Almost done! I stepped up my pace and breezed up and over the A-frame Cargo Net. The four low walls that were next took so much effort out of me. I came to the Rope Climb completely shot. Then it hit me - I had not failed an obstacle yet! I was one Rope Climb away from a burpee free race!
I picked a rope and fumbled to get my S-hook. Ugh come on, you CAN do this! And I hooked it. Half way up my body started screaming. I refused to give in, I had gotten this far and I wasn't about to let fear and pain take over. I pulled my legs up a few more times and hit my first ever rope climb bell while clinching my first ever burpee free race!
A time of 50:40 gave me 8th place in my Age Group, Top 1.6% Females, and Top 7.6% Overall. Mission accomplished: I had secured my spot at the 2016 OCR World Championships in Toronto! I had missed first place by about 5 minutes, not too shabby for someone who hadn't trained in 5 weeks!
This year had been amazing and it ended on an incredible note setting all sorts of personal bests. However, I've already started focusing on next year. The grind never stops. Toronto here I come!