Spartan Up Sunday
There’s a few ways you can end your vacation.
* You can wallow in the fact that you have to back to work.
* You can just rush headlong into work.
* You can run a Spartan Race and for at least three to four hours, forget that you even have a job. Because if you don’t pay attention to the steep ski slope you’re running up, or the rocky, pitted, muddy trails you’re running down, or the Home Depot bucket filled with stone that you’re hauling back UP that mountain, or the monkey bars, lake swim, wall climbs, more running and fire jump….you’re toast.
I did the first on on Saturday.
I didn’t do #2 at all.
I did the last one on Sunday.
This was my third OCR (obstacle course race), my second Spartan Race. Back in 2013, I did my first one, the Tough Mudder. It was OK, but I didn’t really did on the ice cold water and the electricity.
Last year, I did a Spartan Super, an 8-10 mile run/obstacle course in New Jersey. The one I did yesterday was a little shorter – 5 miles, but it was held at the Blue Mountain Ski Resort in Palmerton, PA.
And that mountain was. And steep. And rocky. And muddy. And hot. And the 20+ obstacles kicked my butt.
Did ok though. Out of 98 guys in my 45-49 age range, I finished 8th.
Of course, since I was racing, I didn’t shoot much (not at the race, anyway. More on that in another post). However, on the way back to my truck, with my medal around my neck and my Canon S110 in my hand, I caught this photo of a later start wave. Camera ready, always be looking. And shooting.
Got very lucky with the lone, last starter running through the smoke.
That said, I call this photo Uncle Jessie. ‘Cause the guy in the foreground…well, he looks like a certain someone from back in the day.
(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2015