I love this quote for it rings true. Life begins when we truly challenge ourselves and get away from the mundane routine that engulfs so many. The Spartan Beast is a great way to push the envelope and get out of our comfort zone. This weekend 18 MBG’ers will take on the Beast in Vernon, New Jersey. A couple are veterans of this race, but many of you will be experiencing it for the first time. It’s a race that is worthy of it’s name. Approximately 12 plus miles and anywhere from 30-35 obstacles. The terrain in Vernon is perfect as it offers plenty of elevation change.
Saturday looks like a high of 75 and probably the nicest day this spring. It should be about 48 for the start of the race which is perfect weather for racing. A slight chill so maybe keep a sweatshirt on until it’s time to enter the start area. I am pretty sure that simply a t-shirt and shorts is all that is needed in regards to attire. It will be warming as the morning progresses and before you know it you will be hot.
I highly recommend that you have some type of hydration with you. Traditionally there are not a lot of water stations during this race. You probably will have one or two opportunities to replenish your water so take the time to do it. Race day is not the day to mess around with your hydration. If you use water on your long training runs then stick with it. Same goes for electrolyte drinks. If you know from past experiences that the drink you will be using will not cause any stomach issues then use it. Do Not Experiment Race Day! I would also strongly recommend some type of food that you know will not bother your stomach. Whatever you choose to bring make sure you waterproof it inside a ziplock bag just in case you get muddy or wet. I like to pack one comfort snack that I take when I need that mental recharge in addition to other food items. Water wicking clothes is a must from head to toe to try and reduce the chance of blisters and keep your body cool.
What We Think We Become
These events are made to test you both physically and mentally. Leading up to the race you have to log the hours. If you prepared properly, which you have, then your body is ready. Now it’s time to manage your race with your mental toughness. As the race progresses it will be necessary to find comfort while being uncomfortable. This is where mentally strong people find a way to retreat into the safety of their mind and stay locked in. Make it a game and embrace it. A mantra can become a handy tool. For the Beast in Vermont I used “Weakness is a Weakness of Will” it worked for me. Whatever you choose to do stay positive and find the good in your experience and not the bad.
Enjoy The Moment
You made the commitment, found the time to put the hours of training required and all that is left is to get after it! Enjoy every minute of it. There are plenty of people who do not have the ability to do what you are doing. Don’t take the blessings you have for granted. You not only posses a strong body but a strong mind as well. When you jump over the fire and cross the finish line take a minute and soak it in. You did it but most of all YOU EARNED IT!