(Image via Spartanrace.com)
WE ARE SPARTANS!! This is the mantra I kept repeating over and over to myself this past weekend as I competed in the incredibly difficult Spartan Race. When I say difficult, I mean it was literally the hardest thing I’ve ever done physically and mentally. But, can I tell you how proud I am of myself for finishing the race?! Yep, my small, 5’3” body proved itself more capable than I ever imagined!
In recent years, it seems like there has been a wave of summer races; there’s the Spartan Race, Ragnar, Tough Mudder, Color Run, etc. Not to mention the numerous 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons and full marathons held each summer.
So, have you ever wanted to sign up for a race? What’s holding you back? I know for me, it was self-doubt. I didn’t think I could actually finish a race, let alone finish one like the Spartan Race. With a little encouragement from my husband, I decided to try. I’m hoping this post inspires you to try too! There’s no better feeling than accomplishing your goals. So, take the first step and sign up. Then keep reading to get our tips for finishing your race this summer!
1) Be Prepared
Without a doubt, the best advice I can give (and that was given to me) is to be prepared for the race. Your body needs time to build up strength and endurance. Make sure the odds are in your favor to finish, don’t just leave it up to chance the day of the race. Leading up to the Spartan Race, I trained 2-4 times a week; alternating between cardio, weights, and yoga/dance classes. Make sure to also prepare yourself mentally. Research what tasks you’ll have to do to complete the race. If you can, bring music or an audiobook to listen to while you run. (Image via Womans Day)
2) Know Your Body
While you want to challenge yourself during the race, you don’t want to cause lasting injuries from overdoing it. One race is just not worth being permanently injured. Make sure you know your own body and know when to push yourself and when to pull back. Always remember that trying is better than not trying. Even if you don’t finish the race or get the time you want, it’s an accomplishment in itself to put yourself out there. (Image via Plant Based Runner)
3) Drink Water
The day before the race make sure to drink enough water. Health experts recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. This is especially necessary the day before, the day of, and the day following the race. Make sure your body gets the nutrients it needs to function at optimal levels. Also bring a water pack to have while racing. I’d suggest a Camelback Hydration Pack like this one. (Image via Olive Massage)
4) Bring Healthy Snacks
If you’re attempting a long(er) race, make sure to bring snacks to eat along the way. Fueling your body with healthy snacks can give you the push and boost you need to finish the race. It’s also important to replenish the nutrients when you’re burning off so many calories. (Image via Runner’s World)
5) Create a Support System
Make sure you have support! Tell your friends and family about your race goals. Why not see if they want to join you in the challenge? It’s nice to have people with whom you can train and compete alongside. If you’re doing the race by yourself, it always helps to see your friends and family cheering you on at the finish line. (Image via Spartan Race)
What are you waiting for?! Chase after your summer race goals today!