23 September 2017:
T-0 to the inaugural Philippine Spartan Sprint
There are a lot more people today compared to the week before. 1126 Spartans registered as opposed to the 300 for the Typhoon Heat. Before everything else, let’s pass right under the A frame cargo net just to get an idea of how tall it is!
As I made my way to Timberland Heights, I thought I was early at 630am but I was already relegated to street parking since so many people were there earlier!
Lines for the Elite and Competitive heats were long but the Open heat lines were not? Or maybe they just moved faster cause we’re just competing to finish the race LOL!
It took me a while to find Cass and then another while to find Wheng (aka Wendy Chosa!) but we found each other through the crazy crowds! After stretches, warm ups, and psyching myself out, we were good to go!
But first: A photo of the course map which would prove useless in the race because my phone was in a ziploc in my race belt the whole time. I only used the map for this post and to remember what we went through!
It was raining lightly when our heat began late at 9am. We knew it was gonna be a lot messier than the Typhoon Heat last week.
Mud was everywhere and everything was slippery. I was really glad that I bought and wore my compression tights when I did. Lifesaver!
As we got out of the forest, I spotted some spectators and just said “This whole outfit used to be black! And now it’s all brown!” as we all laughed. And then I spotted Jansy! Or she spotted me! And she took our photo! Thanks, Jansy! :]
We really stuck together throughout the race and it was so much fun! Obstacles, burpees, mud, and all. I’m glad I brought my ziploc-ed phone because I still can’t find any photos of us during the race! We were able to take quite a few after to make up for it though!
Cass ran with those road shoes! She said she was gonna show her mom and then kiss those shoes goodbye.
Wheng straight up kissed these shoes goodbye and tossed them right after this photo!
I tossed nothing but was in awe of these amazing women who ran with me!
These shoes used to be red! And now they’re brown… But Yaya Norma to the rescue again cause there isn’t a spot of mud on them! Yea, some of the color is gone and maybe the lugs are a bit worn out but hey, I love me my Salomon shoes! Through every trail run, OCR (except Viper), and 1 road race, this was the pair to wear.
With elite podium finishers! What a photo!
No GPS this time around because I wasn’t able to start Strava. No problem! I’m not quite sure how it got to 10.27k but it did??
Oh we would definitely be eating lots after this!
Official rankings came out a few days after the race:
NOT BAD IF I SAY SO MYSELF
Aroo video because I got tired of yelling the deep, grungy Aroo!
Finally, the coveted Spartan medal (and shirt!) It’s too bad it doesn’t say Philippines on it anywhere but I’ll take it! Maybe I can aim for a trifecta next year? :]
I’m so glad that going through OCRs reminds me that I’m not weak if I ask for help and that people will not deliberately leave me behind. Ever grateful for Wheng, Cass, and all the other Spartans who had my back on the slippery slopes and challenging obstacles we faced! Would I sign up for this again? Well, I already have!
See you in Clark!
Ps. My Fitbit survived another dunk in muddier water! Except the buckle fell off so i had to revert to my old strap afterwards.