Reason to Consider Trying a Spartan Race

Have you tried a Spartan Race before?

I haven’t tried one yet and I’m considering the challenge to get back in shape. I’ve participated in color runs, mud runs, half marathon and even a sprint triathlon in the past but I’ve gotten out of training mode which is why the Spartan Race might be good motivation.

So what is a Spartan Race?

Here is a little more from the Spartan Race Website.

Spartan Race is a true adventure that anyone can do, and everyone should try. With course lengths of 3+miles (Sprint), 8+miles, (Super) and 12+miles (Beast) each course is filled with mud, water, and signature obstacles designed to help you discover your inner Spartan. Athletes of all fitness levels will enjoy participating in a Spartan Race and the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the finish line.

Spartan Race even has events for kids. We believe that fitness and adventure should involve the whole family. Come out and watch your kids run, jump, and climb like children were meant to do all in their own Spartan Kids race.

For those that want a more team based experience Spartan Race has the Hurricane Heat and for the truly adventurous theHurricane Heat 12 Hour. The Hurricane Heat takes you out of the individual role and has you work with a group of complete strangers to complete tasks designed to bring you together as a team. Those that have done the Hurricane Heat have often done multiple across the country, making friends for life along the way.

Not sure you are ready to run a Spartan Race? It’s ok we have everything you need to get you ready: Spartan SGX training, workouts-of-the-day, nutrition tips to help you eat better, and free workouts held in cities all over the country. Spartan Race is not only the worlds best obstacle race (period), but can be a complete lifestyle overhaul.

So even if you’ve tried a trail race, mud run, obstacle race, or adventure race it’s time to try a Spartan Race. Unlike other obstacle races we offer something for everyone. So sign-up, gear-up and find out why we say…

You’ll know at the finish line.

1. You can get inspired by others 

Watch Season 2 of Spartan Race

Follow the journey of top athletes as they tackle the grueling challenges of Reebok Spartan Race, the global leader in obstacle racing. Don’t miss your front row seat to watch these fearless athletes showcase their abilities as they jump over fire, crawl under wires, and throw spears. Tune in beginning July 21st at 11 p.m. ET on NBCSN to watch five races all leading up to the Spartan Race World Championship when the best and bravest compete for the title on December 20th at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. Follow @SpartanRace to learn more today.

 

 

2. Recruit three friends and your next race is free.

There more races than ever, in new locations. There also have new obstacles, new burpees, new finisher tees, new medals and new stories to tell. So when your friends hit you with excuses, you have the facts to hit them with.

Recruit three of your friends sign up, you’ll get your next race on us; completely free! Your friends will also get $20 off of their race. That means everyone wins.

See you and your team at the starting line. Use Code: TEAM

3. You can challenge yourself to do something that once seemed impossible

 

 

I’ve been given a Race Code to Giveaway for an Upcoming Spartan Race!

the race code will work one time for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) in any Spartan Race in the continental US.

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You can find out more about the Spartan Race from their website.

 

Disclosure: I was given race codes for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Color Run Race Entry Discount and Giveaway

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The Color Run is coming to a city near you!

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The Color Run™, also known as the Happiest 5k on the Planet, is a unique paint race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community.

 

What is it?

Less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having the time of your life, The ColorRun is a five-kilometer, un-timed race in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. The fun continues at the finish line with a gigantic “Color Festival,” using more colored powder to create happiness and lasting memories, not to mention millions of vivid color combinations. Trust us, this is the best post-5k party on the planet!

 

Two Rules: Wear white at the starting line and finish plastered in color!

 

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My 1st Tap n’ Run

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If you are looking for a unique fun run experience, Tap n’ Run is for you.

 

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You don’t even have to run. I do think having fun could be a requirement.  Costumes are recommended and the people watching is absolutely fascinating because of them.

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Our registration was located at the first authentic Hofbrauhaus in America located in Newport, KY. Our race started at 2pm, which let some of the participants get started with the race prep early.

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We traveled across the pedistrian bridge to get to the start line which was techinically in Ohio.

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Race participants run/walk/crawl a 4k. There were even some runners who opted for the timed chip but I would say the majority was not that serious about this race … at all.

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My husband and I borrowed our superhero theme from our kids’ costume box a few hours prior. We were put to shame in the creativity department.

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Our race bibs had four tabs that we gave at each stop for our beer stations along the course.

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This is where my confession comes in. I don’t like the taste of beer. I took a taste of my sample and trashed the rest.

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Drinking is optional and the race begins with everyone drinking to start the race. Our course took us through downtown Cincinnati and allowed for lots of great people watching.

 

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The beer station stops also did supply water which I took full advantage of.

 

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The creative costumes were so intersting to see along the course.

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I’m happy to say I tapped into my inner superhero and slogged across the finish line without walking. It wasn’t fast but I was determined to run the whole race.

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When we finished our race, we received a medal that doubles as a bottle opener, a larger cup of beer and a sandwich from Jimmy John’s.

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Our race finished at The Banks in Cincinnati which offers a lot of great resturants and bars.  A lot of runners continued on their afternoon at a few more venues and enjoyed a celebratory picture by the photo area.

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This race has a bunch of extremes. Some people were still in it to win it and others would be lucky if they found and crossed the finish line. I really enjoyed an excuse to dress silly and people watch. A local charity also will benefit from the race too.

 

You can find out more about Tap n’ Run from their website.

 

Disclosure: I was given complimentary entries for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with Marty Hovey ~ Skyline Chili 4- Way Race Participant

I’ve been able to run/slog a few races that have ranged from a 5k to a half marathon. I have such a respect for runners who train for full marathons.

I had the opportunity to ask Marty Hovey, who is running his 50th marathon this weekend at the Flying Pig in Cincinnati, a few questions.  His answers will inspire you to start moving!

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Good Form Running Clinic

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I’ve only been running few years and lately I’ve been trying to work on my form.  I had never really thought about running the wrong way and how it can put it’s toll on my body.  I had been feeling some pain in my knees and that’s when I remembered a free Good Form Running clinic offered at Gazelle Sports.  My husband and I decided to take advantage of the clinic to improve our runs.

We started our clinic by watching a funny short clip of how not to run and listened to our instructors share how the Good Form Running method had improved their runs and lessoned their injuries.  We also watched a clip of Olympic runners and learned how this technique has reduced injuries for runners at the highest level.

Next, we stepped outside and ran around the building for some instruction in the parking lot.  We were then filmed single file as we ran a very short distance in the parking lot.

First, we were filmed with shoes and then without.  You can feel a big difference when you take off your shoes.  You are also pretty conscience of making sure you don’t step on anything.

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After being filmed we the class focused on the 4 points of good form running.

 

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Good Form Running Clinic

 

Good Form Running Clinic

 

We then practiced running while trying to implement what we just learned into our technique.

 

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After a few more short runs we transitioned back inside to view the film with us running.

 

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This is what makes the class so valuable.  This is where you see the difference in how you think you run and the way you ACTUALLY run.  The instructors gave each one of us individual feedback on how we can improve our form.  I tend to be a heel striker (hitting my heels first), which causes me to overextend my knee, and that’s why my knees were beginning to hurt from the impact.  As a visual learner, the hands on way you learn in this class makes a big impact.

 

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We watched our barefoot footage next and wrapped the class with questions and answers.  I would highly recommend trying a Good Form Running class no matter how long you have been running.  The footage and feedback are so valuable.

 

 

If you want to check out a free Good Form Running class and live in Grand Rapids go to one of  three Gazelle Sports locations.

 

To find a location near you check out Good Form Running.