September 12, 2017: T-4 days til the first ever Spartan Race in the Philippines. It hadn’t rained that hard in Metro Manila for quite a while now. I was determined to join and had signed up for the Spartan Sprint way ahead of time and trained as much as I possibly could when suddenly on Facebook…
Spartan Sprint had been postponed due to the weather’s effect on the race site! Spartan Race Philippines issued the following statement a day after the typhoon hit.
Understandably, many people were upset because this Sprint would’ve been part of their Spartan Trifecta but really, nothing beats safety. So my friends and I decided to push through with the Spartan Endurance Typhoon Heat. They had flown all the way from Singapore after all.
Just a little heads up from Spartan Race Philippines: “Here’s what to expect: Burpees. Running. Jumping. Falling. Mud. Water. Ropes. Barbed wire. Burpees. Teamwork. Be prepared to spend 3+ hours on the course. The Typhoon Heat is intended to be more difficult than the race itself. You will be assigned to a team. You will rely on that team, and they will rely on you to get every single member of your team to the finish line.You will not leave anyone behind, even for a minute. You will finish as a team. If you leave members of your team behind at any time, your team will be penalized. If you continue to leave team members behind, the entire group will be penalized until everyone can learn to work as a unit.”
I was not prepared. Nope nope. No amount of road running, trail running, circuit training, and strength training in the last 8 months prepared me for this. I was scared to say the least.
Walking up to the race site from the parking, we spotted some of the obstacles we’d be going through including monkey bars, Olympus, mud pit, and the A frame.
First things first, waivers! We signed our waivers, registered, and got our Spartan headbands.
We got to meet Spartan Krypteia Chris who would be taking us through the course and testing our limits as a team. A team of 300!
I brought my phone with me in my Camelbak because I had it in a ziploc and in the designated phone pocket. That way, I could get my Fitbit GPS data!
Almost 5.5 hours!!
I was able to find a photo of me on the course carrying discarded water bottles back after the second barbed wire crawl. People really need to learn about Leave No Trace (LNT). The box wasn’t heavy though because all the bottles were already empty.
We were able to try some obstacles like over & under (half& half), 8 foot wall (almost no problem), barbed wire crawl (no problem), bucket brigade (half & half), Olympus (failed), mud pit (no problem), spear throw (failed), inclined wall rope climb (surprisingly no problem). I can now kinda gauge how many burpees I’ll have to do LOL
Finish line video!
Partial team photo with Chris!
Somehow we could still jump after the Typhoon Heat!
And of course, I have to take a photo of my muddied lower half. I have this feeling that people think I don’t use my Salomon trail shoes but I really do. Yaya Norma just cleans them super amazingly for me. Thank you, Yaya Norma!! ❤
No hardware for this race but we’ll be getting out finisher shirts this Saturday due to the rushed nature of the event. Spartan Sprint is officially happening on Saturday and I can’t wait to see what I can do!