A couple of months ago I found out that the Spartan Race is coming to North Vancouver this year. I did a quick calculation and realized I’d be 28 weeks (six and a half months) pregnant on race day, and then immediately sent an e-mail to a bunch of my friends imploring them to register so that I could live vicariously through their experiences. The Spartan Sprint — the shortest of the race categories and the only one that will be offered this year — is a very manageable five kilometres of trail running interspersed with 10 obstacles. I figured it would be a great goal to set for next year, after the baby is born. J has made it very clear that while it will be a cold day in hell before he does the race with me, he will happily bring the babe along to cheer me on.
The description from the race website:
“Spartan Sprint obstacle races are muddy 3+ mile events with 10 or more obstacles. The challenging sprint trail races are a great way to get off your couch and start living. From beginner trail racers and mud run participants to hardcore warriors, tough guys and marathon runners, they all come out to test themselves on the insane obstacle races! 99.9% of all people who try this event will finish, and 100% will have their thirst for mud & trail racing fully satisfied.”
Fast forward to yesterday. I was at the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show with one of said friends (who shall remain nameless), when he dragged me over to the Spartan Race booth to talk to the organizer. It turns out that being six and a half months pregnant is actually no excuse to chicken out, because they had a woman in Boston complete the sprint race at seven months pregnant last August. Don’t believe me? Her husband followed her through the race with a video camera and you can watch the proof here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii-XxdQ-Ugw
So… This might sound crazy, but I think I’m going to register. Obviously my goal at 28 weeks pregnant will simply be to complete the race, and as many of the 10 obstacles as possible, in whatever time it takes me. The obstacles, while challenging, are optional, to the extent that I have the choice of serving a “penalty” (push-ups, burpees, etc.) in lieu of any obstacle that I can’t complete. The sprint race is designed to be fun and accessible to competitors of all levels, and I think it would be a really neat accomplishment, as long as I take my time and am careful not to sprain an ankle.
Am I crazy?