The Seattle Spartan Super was my first Spartan race, and will definitely not be my last. I pulled up to the parking lot an hour before the sun was up. After checking in and scoping the course, that is when the rain began. Not knowing where I stacked up against the other ladies, I decided to enter the "competitive heat". As I was stretching, trying to stay warm I could tell some people had much more intense training regimens than myself. I brushed it off and I made my move the first few miles to set the pace fast and to use my ability to run longer distances to my advantage. This course was slick and steep. The hardest obstacle for me was the "Z" wall that required you to climb around a "Z" shaped wall using small grips mounted to the board. After crawling up and down hill after hill I managed to pull out the remaining grip strength I had.
I felt really good around mile 6 knowing I was running my first Spartan so far burpee -free. For those of you that don't know what a burpee is, what a blessing. It is a twisted mash up of a push up and a jumping jack that requires your whole body to use every muscle it has. Knowing I was in first place, I continued to push the pace and was determined to go burpee free. I think the hardest park in any race is getting close to the end and running around the finish line. You want more than anything to be one of the people you see crossing the finish line, but you are faced with a 100 meter barb wire crawl. Talk about a let down. I decided to roll as fast and as straight as I could, but the angle of my line quickly became some sort of a squiggly line. I finished my atlas carry and sprinted over the fire with a grin on my face. Knowing I put all my efforts out on the course that morning, I felt great crossing the finish line thinking "There is mud on every inch of my body and I love it".