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 Carrie Adams

Photo courtesy Nuvision Action Images, Brent Doscher

Spartan Races are grueling endurance events designed to push you physically and mentally through obstacles and trail running.  Fueling your body for a long distance run on Spartan Race day is a critical part of being successful and kicking ass without cramping, fainting, and letting the Spartans with pugil sticks take you out before you cross the finish line.

For Spartan events, I recommend the same kind of preparation I use for full and half marathons.  A few weeks before your event, work as many raw veggies into your diet as you can.  This helps clear out your intestinal walls of build up so you can effectively absorb the good stuff when you really need it.  Additionally, eliminating dairy from your diet helps avoid excess mucous build-up, which can interfere with effective respiration while you run.

On race day, you can get off to the right start by consuming the proper amount of fluid and glycogen (sugar) stores that you will just maintain as you race.   I always tell people that you want to be done eating two hours before your event.  Just be mindful of when your wave starts and plan accordingly.  Eating too close to an event can lead to an upset stomach or can negatively interact with your body’s natural insulin response.  Get to bed early so you can get up and get prepared–there’s plenty of time to party AFTER you run.  For each city that hosts a Spartan Race I have created smoothie recipes that are the perfect pre-race fuel.   Look for those a day or two before the event.

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