Spartan Trifecta – 2 down, 1 to go

Good day my fellow bloggers. Hope everyone had a great weekend, mine was very athletic.

On Saturday, the 5 Life Upgrade Spartans woke up bright and early in New Jersey and headed to breakfast to fuel up for the Spartan race ahead of us. Little did we know what we were in for. Upon arriving at the race site, Mountain Creek Resort, New Jersey’s largest ski resort, we knew we were in for a challenge. People were…different…they were…extremely in shape, cut, athletes…we…were not, but we continued on.

The race consisted of 20+ obstacles over an 8.5 mile course that had you walking up and down the mountain. We conquered the first few miles and obstacles, heaving each other over walls and crawling in mud pits avoiding barbed wire. High fives and butt pats followed “ARRROOOOO!!!” The Spartan chant. I loved it. I felt like a warrior.

Our legs were on fire, our hearts were pounding, but Team Life Upgrade finally make it to the 6th mile. This is where the HUGE mind F happened. The problem with mile 6 was that it was directly across from the finish line, however, we were not finished. We had to fill 10 gallon buckets with gravel and climb back up the mountain and down again which would leave us at mile 7.

Seeing the finish line, the exhausted champions with spectators congratulating them, really made this 6th mile seem like the end, but it felt like it was only the beginning. Slowly but surely we all completed yet another obstacle and moved on to mile 7, another vertical hike up a double black diamond trail. The heat exhaustion started to kick in leaving a few of us nauseous, dizzy and ready to quit, but the beauty of our team is that we support and push each other. No one quits on Life Upgrade.

Traversing down a muddy, rocky and steep hill, seeing that last obstacle, the fire pit, only meant one thing. The end. We ran down that mountain and lined up next to each other before jumping over that fire pit together, hands raised, grinning faces. We had done it. This small, 5 man team had completed one of the hardest things they’ve ever done, together. I have never been so proud as I was that moment.

In the words of Coach Taylor from my fav, Friday Night Lights – “Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose.”


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