by Carrie Adams

What’s better than a Spartan Race or a vacation?  A Spartan Race AND a vacation. February 16 and 17th 2013 Spartan Race is heading south of the border!   Spartan Race is proud to announce the inclusion of a Sprint event in Mexico City, Mexico!  The race will take place at an incredible horseback riding club called “Club Ecuestre Los Monteros” that boasts an altitude of 9200 ft.  Sequestered in in the middle of a lush forest surrounded by small rivers and mountains and is wide open and promises to provide a challenging Spartan battleground.

Because of the terrain and natural features, the location lends itself to ensuring that a primal feel takes over this international Spartan experience.  With “natural obstacles” other than man-made construction.  The terrain is covered by tree canopies and thick jungle features.  Not far from the city, yet removed enough to feel remote and peaceful it’s the perfect combination.

The location is close to Santa Fe, which is one of Mexico City’s major business districts. The district consists of universities, residential areas, hotels, shopping malls and local business buildings.

Additional locations are Valle de Bravo, a popular weekend getaway for many people who live in the city and like water sports. It’s a typical Mexican town surrounding a lovely lake, which makes it a perfect site for outdoor activities like a Spartan Race. Be on the lookout for more races in this area in 2013.

Spartan is excited to bring our race to Mexico, demand has been high, higher than any other international location!  Think about making your next trip south of the border a vacation with a Spartan twist!   It’s also just in time for Valentine’s Day, so bring the one you love for a romantic, muddy getaway!

Mexico City is the host of many races throughout the year so athletes will be excited to try out a different kind of race, which pushes them to their limits.   Head over and get registered TODAY!  

We’d like to thank our sponsors that we’ll be partnering with in Mexico City!

Sport Beans: http://www.sportbeans.com

RX Magazine: http://www.rxmagazine.mx

Runners World

WODbox: http://www.wodbox.com

 

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by Khaled Allen

Picture credit Julia Baykova on Flickr

My most impressive physical accomplishment involved me carrying an aluminum canoe over razor-sharp rocks submerged in  knee-deep water, during a thunderstorm, while thick underbrush dragged me to my knees. It was one of the best days of my life, largely because it ended with a warm campfire and a full belly, but I was lucky to have been well prepared for it. For the month leading up to that camping trip, I had been doing all my usual CrossFit workouts outdoors, running on grassy mounds, lifting logs and rocks instead of balanced bars, and doing pullups on tree limbs. I was used to awkward, slippery, and uncomfortable. Some of my camping partners were totally stuck. Their gym workouts hadn’t prepared them for this, though they could probably lift more than me.

If the only races you’ve ever run have been on paved roads, you’ll be in for a surprise when you first step off the beaten, graded, and well-maintained path. Road runners transitioning to trail running always find that it’s the little things that throw them off: the unsure footing, the twists and turns, the constant elevation changes. They can handle the running itself, but when you have to get past all sorts of other things to even get to the running, you may find yourself stranded.

In reality, our bodies were designed to work in unstable, unpredictable conditions. Primitive fitness is based on using all possible movement patterns, in random and unpredictable environments and is based on what our hunter-gatherer ancestors did every day. It pays to keep in mind that we only have to use our own strength and speed when we lack modern conveniences in the first place. The only times you’ll have to rely on your own physical abilities to get work done are also the times you won’t be indoors, near the comforts of civilization. You wouldn’t have to carry your injured friend if you were near a road with a car, for example.

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