Hi everyone and happy June!
After training super hard for the Race for Taylor 10K, I took a few days to run easy before I dive into summer running and training for the heat. Here in Charleston, it gets super hot, humid, and muggy, and living in Surburbia by the Swamp (Rural West Ashley) doesn’t make running any easier. You definitely have to run slower and hydrate, but it builds your lungs for fast times for Fall races.
Speaking of Fall races, I’ve been busy looking at different options for the fall, including marathons, half marathons, 10Ks, and a popular alternative to road races… obstacle races.
I haven’t participated in an obstacle race, but I have a few friends who really love them! A couple years ago, about 20 people from my company participated in the USMC Mud Run and the Palmetto State O-Run (Obstacle Run). I even have a few friends who do fewer road races and focus on obstacle races.
A couple of my friends love obstacle races. I talked to one of my guy friends, Wes, about his training and experience for obstacle races. He said it was different than a traditional road race because of the challenge, being able to push himself in training and in the race, and the team camaraderie he had. I feel him on the last part, because it can get lonely on the road in the small half marathons I’ve run…
One obstacle race that’s new to South Carolina is the Reebok Spartan Race.
According to their website, Spartan Race’s goal is to get you “active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our anciet roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity” were parts of everyday life.
Instead of a typical road race, where you know the actual distance you’ll run and you know the course in advance- you have to expect the unexpected in a Spartan Race. It’s almost like a metaphor for life…
If you’re in South Carolina and want to try your first or your latest obstacle race, consider the Carolinas Spartan Beast on November 9, 2013. It’s a 10-12 mile obstacle race held at Carolina Adventure World in Winnsboro, SC.
In the Spartan Beast, you can compete as an individual or as a team, and kids can participate in a kids race. If you’re not into racing, you can also volunteer or be a spectator and cheer your friends on. If you’re interested in learning more about the Carolinas Spartan Beast, read more about it here.
Of course, obstacle races are big everywhere, not just South Carolina- so if you’re not here, check out this map to find a Spartan Race near you.The races are held all over the United States, Canada, and the UK.
Now, I’ll get to the good part. Wanna know what’s better than completing a race and enjoying the team camaraderie, after parties, bragging rights, finishing medal, t-shirt, and sore muscles? Not breaking the bank to do it.
If you think you have what it takes to complete the Spartan race, enter for a FREE entry code for a Spartan Race near you on The Tiny Terror’s Facebook page. Be sure to “like” the page by clicking on your left.
The giveaway ends on June 6 at midnight, but if you just can’t wait, use this link to receive 15% off any qualifying race.
Good luck! Don’t forget to visit the Facebook Page to enter!
Giveaway will run from June 1-6. A winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter and will be notified via email by June 9. The winner must respond 72 hours after they are notified or winnings will be forfeited. Must be 14 years of age or older to enter. The giveaway and promo coupon codes are only good for a race within the continental US.
The free race entry was provided by Reebok Spartan Race; I was not paid for this post.