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Though last year's Midwest Super Spartan took place in October and was moved this year since it was 30 degrees during last years event, I was really excited to get back to this event. First, it's just a great event, at a great venue, with great obstacles and challenging terrain. More importantly, however, it was driving back from last year's Midwest Super Spartan that I formulated the initial plans for Run to Remember. I'd be wrong if I said I didn't become extremely reflective on the journey it's been since that day in late October to now and even more thankful and slightly surprised that the plans I started to develop at that time were actually in motion.

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First off, the race was once again incredible. As I stated in a previous post about the Spartan Beast, there's something special about a Spartan Race, making their slogan "You'll know at the finish line" extremely appropriate. I love the physicality the race presents and even though it's still a race and you're competing against others, during a Spartan Race I always find myself competing more with myself than in any other race. I thought I knew what to expect having done the race last year, but Spartan Race being the innovators that they are took us on a completely different path, with very few of the same obstacles, and making some of their traditional obstacles all the more challenging. After running the Hurricane Heat the night before, I wasn't quite sure how my body would recover and react, but I ran a surprisingly good race, finishing in the top 100 overall out of over 3000, and 14th in my age group. Of course that doesn't include the Elite racers, because those men (and women) are just incredible all-around athletes who demolish these courses in times that us mere mortals could only hope to run on a flat course without obstacles. 

I was also thankful that I only ended up failing 2 obstacles, leaving me with only 60 burpees considering the number of burpees we did during the Hurricane Heat the night before. The spear throw continues to give me problems - I wonder if my apartment complex will mind if I build a replica to practice. I also failed at the Hercules Hoist. Most people doing burpees complained about their inability to get a grip on the rope. This wasn't my issue, but rather I just simply couldn't get it off of the ground. I can't be certain (and I may be exaggerating), but the 5-gallon bucket filled with cement may have weighed more than I did, leading to my issues. However, in both cases I did my 30 burpees dutifully, counting out loud, so everyone knew I was taking my penalty seriously.

I'm truly appreciative of Spartan Race, because not only do they provide me each and every race with unique ways to challenge myself both physically and mentally, but they've recently given me the tremendous opportunity to spread the word about Run to Remember and to create greater awareness for the Alzheimer's Association to their millions of followers. On the 14th of July they posted to their blog the story about what and why I'm running, later posting it to Facebook where it received more attention than I ever could have generated on my own. At this race I also had the outstanding pleasure of working with Steffen "Cookie" Cook and a couple of videographers, Matt and Sean, where they interviewed me and allowed me to tell more about the importance of Run to Remember, as well as getting footage of me going through several of the obstacles, for a short feature to be produced later. I never would have imagined being given such opportunities when I first formulated the idea so many months ago, especially considering all of the incredible stories of others out there running. Hopefully through the magic of editing they can make sure I sound good lol.

So between the Hurricane Heat and the Super Spartan, it was an incredible 18 hours spent with Spartan Race. I also had the chance to meet with people who were following along on Facebook and Twitter, which means so much knowing that word continues to spread about the need to find a cure for Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, a race on Sunday was still on the schedule, even though I really didn't want to leave. I can't wait for my next Spartan Race, which will truly test all of my physical and mental strength and drive as I take on the 26.2+ mile/50+ obstacle Spartan Ultra Beast at Mount Killington, Vermont - the most intense and furthest race I've ever attempted. 

So thank you again to Spartan Race for your continued support of my efforts and for continuing to put on incredible events...you've got a fan for life.

 


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