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:


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?



9 responses to “THE SPARTAN RACE

  1. The Spartan Race does not sound like a good idea to me.
    Your body balance is off kilter when you are pregnant and it is so easy to tumble.
    I fell while speed walking during one pregnancy and it is very traumatic.
    Perhaps I am being over protective.
    I wouldn’t take the chance and I don’t think J is going to accompany you to make sure you are okay, let alone video tape the event!!!!
    Go with your first idea of doing this vicariously through a friend.
    Call me paranoid…….
    Next year will be here sooner than you think!!!

  2. Hi,

    I came across this race too and am super keen to do it! I think you can do…but not racing per se, just enjoying each challenge, allowing for POSSIBLE changes in balance perception. It seems you have kept up your crossfit training while pregnant so your strength and agility(to an extent) should be ok. However, you have to be careful in terms of no bad falls or bangs in the stomach region obviously. If you think you can complete it with no issues then I say go for it, just be at peace with your decision (and have hubby’s approval). Oh, and if you need a team mate, I’m in!!

  3. Thanks for the support! 🙂 I just might take you up on the team offer, if we can find a third and fourth member who’d be willing to take things a little easier than normal.

  4. Carli,

    Do it! Do it! Do it!

    Your blog is excellent. I’m addicted to reading it! Love how researched and thorough you are.

    I think if you’re careful and don’t actually race, you’ll be fine doing it. (But take my words with a grain of salt since I am not a mom and have never been pregnant.)

    And I think you should get J to do it so he can run along and tape you. You know, we all want to see the video!

    I am incredibly proud of you for keeping up with Crossfit. Hope to see you at tomorrow’s WOD!

  5. I ran in the Underwear Affair 10k around 24 weeks pregnant. I was quite the site running on the seawall, pregnant and in running gear with lingerie over it.
    Do the race. People need to see fit pregnant ladies out there kicking ass. Pregnancy is not a disease!
    Just found your blog (Rachel with the crib/bedding) and it is great. Excellent research.

    • That would have been awesome to see! I think the Spartan Race will be fun. I certainly won’t be breaking any speed records, but I think that just completing it will be very satisfying and empowering.

  6. Hi Carli

    So, how did it go? Did you manage to get round okay?
    I’m registered for the Spartan Sprint in the UK and have since realised I’m pregnant. I’ll be 5.5 months when I complete it (if I do) but I’m not sure whether to or not. I’m really fit, I usually run marathons so the distance running won’t be a problem I just may have to miss some obstacles that I deem too dangerous. Please let me know if it went okay as I’d really like to hear about the experience.

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