Spartan Super Recap

I usually like to wait until I get the race photos to do these recaps but wanted to post while it was all fresh in my mind since I have a TON of thoughts around this race.

This was my first time running this race, the Spartan Super, which is 13+ km obstacle race. This was I think was close to 14km and 27 obstacles. I had registered for this two years ago as well but ended up being almost 8 months pregnant and sold my bib. Apparently I am jinxed since once again I was pregnant for this race! Going into it this changed a lot for me, no longer was it about giving it my all or my time, but being safe and finishing.

Me and Chad before:


I also met up with Becky and Brie since we all planned to run the race together – spoiler alert I could not have done it without these two!

I do not remember all the obstacles in order but will highlight thoughts on some of them.

Hardest obstacle? Physically two stand out in my mind, one where we had to carry a large bucket filled with sand for around 300m, two was a 70lb sandbag pulley, where we had to pull it up and back down, I had to give up since my fingers wanted to rip off! Mentally? The swim. It was only 10 feet but I had swimming in any water and panic. It did not help a guy in front of me almost drowned and had to be saved by a volunteer. I actually emailed about this since they are supposed to have life jackets available and did not.

My favourite part? The team aspect, people that run these races are hard core! But so willing to help others and complete strangers. I also LOVED the running part which was almost all trail running.

Favourite obstacle? Maybe the cargo net climb? I am so scared of heights so really like the challenge and getting outside my element.

What did I learn? I need to work on my upper body strength – even more so how sore I was after! I will do this next year but work hard to improve this and also my grip since that would have come in handy a few times.

My final time? 2:42, not great, but I finished, felt good about it and now know what to expect for next year! And I was safe for me and baby 🙂

The race itself is well planned, fees are not too bad, but I am not a fan of the spectator fees. Saying that it won’t hold me back from doing it again. I am excited for next year to run this race again!

After photo of Chad and I, he crushed it, 1:46 I think:


After photo of Becky, Brie and me:


Speaking of which I could not have done it without these girls! You are both awesome, and helped me so much! I loved running it with these two girls, they made it a lot more fun and less serious!



5 thoughts on “Spartan Super Recap

  1. Kelly

    I am so impressed at anyone who does a race like this at all, Let alone pregnant!!! I would like to try one someday. (Emphasis on the someday!) I'd have to work on the upper body strength too though. You'd think that carrying around 25-lb toddlers would do the trick but not so much for me…

  2. Brie @ Slice of Brie

    Aww, we (well, I can't speak on behalf of Becky, but I think she would agree) couldn't have done it without YOU! Seriously, you were the one that kept us going! It was a blast to do it with both of you and I couldn't think of two other people I'd rather do it with. I loved the trail running part and now want to find out where one would do trail running and the best types of shoes to consider for it.

    I'm scared to think how awesome you will do on the next super considering you won't be pregnant then! I don't know how you kept going without fuel. Ditto what Becky said: You go mama spartan!! 🙂

  3. Alison

    Nice work!! You are impressive mama!! We plan on doing something like this race as a family next year so I'll keep this one in mind! Sounds hard but fun!


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