So the other night I was signing up for a few more races (trying to spread them out over my credit card billing cycles), and I got to the July 18th Spartan Sprint. That one is on my birthday! I was planning on trying to get people to sign up and race with me and do something fun for it. I kinda knew that wouldn't happen. But I wanted to run on my 25th birthday, so I was signing up! Well...I noticed there was a little option called the Hurricane Heat 12 Hour. I kind of drooled. I texted my OCR buddy who is planning on doing most of the races I am this year. Long story short, he signed up and convinced me to sign up before he even knew the full extent of torture a HH12HR is...
Yesterday I was met with the hardest PT session I have ever completed. And I had no idea what was coming, otherwise I would not have ran 5.5 miles of trails two hours before my session. I got back from my run and had a text from my PT saying "bring your weight vest". Lovely. I received memorization code Beta6272hklhcwk before beginning. My round included pushing our sled (about 40lbs) around the 1/11th mile indoor track as fast as I could. 2 minute breather followed by 2 minutes of repeating 5x pushups and 10x mountain climbers. Then a 2 minute breather and back to the sled. My fastest sled time was around 1:28. I was able to beat myself all except the last round. I dug deep, real deep. I had to unstrap my weight vest to allow my lungs to expand during recovery. I need to get used to pushing my body that far. I think I did 5 rounds. By this time I was exhausted and feeling pretty crappy. Up next? Rolling practice (read the article above). Roll down the basketball court, do 10 v-ups and roll back. Sounded easy enough. I barely made it 10 feet without my head spinning. By half court my PT was following me with a trash can. It took me way, way too long to complete this task....and it took me a solid 30 minutes after to stop feeling like I had to throw up. If anyone has any info on getting better at rolling, please let me know below! And....at the end I had swapped the second h for an n in my memorization code. Fail. Thankfully no penalty (yet).