Thursday, February 16, 2012

Only a dream

I keep seeing them on Twitter. Those damn Spartans.

And while I wish they were of the Gerard Butler variety, they are more of the kick your ass variety.

The Spartan Race is an obstacle race ala the Muddy Buddy, Warrior Dash, Tough Mudder, Mud Run - well, you know what I mean. By the way, did you know there's a Hero Rush? It's an obstacle race designed by firefighters. Can we say yummy?

Anyway ... the Spartan Race looks absolutely bad ass in an epic sort of way. There are four different levels or races, so to speak - sprint, super, beast and death - all with their own challenges. However, according to their website, "There is fire, mud, water, barbed wire, and occasionally Hell on Earth. There WILL be obstacles to catch you off guard. Curve balls, so to speak. Get over it."

Sort of sounds like the HUFF, except you know in advance that you are paying for Hell on Earth.

Considering I rocked the HUFF (or something like it) I would be all about doing the Indiana Spartan ... but it's one week after the Martian Half-Marathon, and I need to be mindful of my race/traveling budget. Damn being a responsible grown-up!

Other races I'd like to do with an open-ended budget and schedule:


Nike Women's Half Marathon. San Francisco. Tiffany necklaces. A group of amazing women. I'm not sure that there's anything more appealing than that (except my upcoming trip to NOLA with my BFF). I am sure it's an overpriced difficult race but I'd love to take a girls' weekend with all of my loves and enjoy all that San Fran has to offer and see the city in an amazing way.

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Madrid. Ever since I got sucked into the Mario Batali-Gwyneth Paltrow tour through Spain that aired on PBS, I've been dying to go to Spain and more specifically Madrid. The food, culture, history, scenery - they all appeal to me, and we all know that one of the best ways to explore a new place is on foot.

Bourbon Chase. Relays are all the rage in the blog community it seems, with Ragnar being the top dog. This relay is a 200-mile journey across the Bluegrass State – through our historic bourbon distilleries, across our majestic horse country, and into our enchanting small towns. Mark and I took a vacation to Louisville just before I got pregnant, and we toured Maker's Mark and visited Heaven Hill. It was one of the best and most picturesque trips we've ever taken. I would love to relive it mile by mile. The race, which is in September, is already sold out for 2012 and teams will have to participate in a lottery for 2013. Who wants to start buying tickets now?

What is your dream race? Do you have anything exciting on the horizon?


  1. I would LOVE to run an international race someday, but toooo much $$!!!

  2. If you get the chance, definitely do the Nike Women's Half! I did the full as my first marathon and the first half of the course is amazing!! The swag is pretty damn awesome, too :)

  3. Rock n Roll Edinburgh would be my top choice. Madrid would be pretty awesome as well.

  4. I would like to do the Tinker Bell Half Marathon one day...once I work myself up to it.
    I do have my first offical 5K coming up this weekend. It's The Color Run. Looks like a lot of fun. Not sure I'll be able to run the whole thing, but hubby will be jogging by my side so we'll get through it somehow. :o)

  5. I loved Nike Womens, but I would recommend the half over the full. When I ran the full, we ran the same course as the half but when they were done, there was a really boring out and back left. Miserable. The first half of it was wonderful tho & I love my necklace!

    Also! I just got back from 3 months in Spain! If only they had the RNR event while I was over there, I would have definitely tried it !

  6. I live in Kentucky and did not know about this relay! I'll have to look it up.

    I don't have a dream race, per se, but I'd just love to complete a half-marathon. I've never run a race and only started running in November (I'm up to 3.25 miles!) so actually I guess any race is my dream race. haha.

  7. I would love to do a full or half marathon in Hawaii or London, and I second your dream of the Nike Women's. One of my bff's did it and *loved* the experience. Get there!

    My dad drove a group of his younger colleagues in the Bourbon Run and he said it was very, very, cool. He's a pretty reserved guy so this means a lot coming from him! He also said it was beautiful. Along those lines, my other dream race is the Hood to Coast (Mt Hood to the coast of Oregon).

  8. I ran the Bourbon Chase in 2009, and it was so fun! I'd love to do another relay sometime with a group of friends, but I need to get back into running seriously before that will ever happen.