About 6 or 7 weeks ago as I was driving home from work, I saw a sign that piqued my interest… It was advertising an obstacle race that was being held right in my hometown called H.E.R.O.S. (Halton’s Extreme Race and Obstacle Scramble). So I did what comes naturally to me – I pulled over, snapped a pic of it with my phone, and texted the pic to my friend Juliette with these three words:
Are you in?
And we hmmm’ed and hawwwwed over whether or not to sign up for a few weeks. Then finally we bit the bullet, and managed to convince Chris and Jared to sign up with us. Then four weeks of training began. For me, my training was run a lap of the park (2.5k), then do some pushups, burpees, squat jumps, bridges, planks, side planks etc, then run another lap, followed by even more body weight exercises, then another lap. Of course did this all while also training for last week’s triathlon. I didn’t want to let my H.E.R.O.S. Team down.
My first obstacle race!
Finally, H.E.R.O.S. day came… time to dress up like an 80’s hooker and put my training to the test!
And test my training it did!
We ran, CARRIED A LOG UP AND DOWN THE ESCARPMENT!, scrambled through tubes, climbed over wooden walls, ran some more, unrolled, and rolled up fire hoses, ran some more, carried buckets full of water over a hay wall to fill up a garbage can of water, ran some more, did LOTS of kettlebell squats, burpees, and box jumps, ran through the quarry, scrambled in water through a tunnel, balanced on logs in the water, ran some more, flipped and rolled tires, and finally ended by running some more through a tire obstacle course while being sprayed by a fire truck, and being pelted by water balloons thanks to Juliette and Jared’s kids.
After one super kick butt workout we celebrated….
And then we jumped in the pool….
(which we had to do twice because Sierra missed the first jump)
It took us 49 min to complete the 5k race, which really doesn’t seem that long, but it was long enough to seriously wear me out to the point where I took a nap (I NEVER nap). All in all we had a fantastic time raising money to beat Cancer’s butt, and we’ll definitely be back to do it again next year.
(Though I hope the evil cross-fit people aren’t there to make us do kettlebell squats, burpees and box jumps).
First obstacle race DONE!
Have you ever done an obstacle race?