by Carrie Adams
As the Spartan Brand Ambassador and a frequent participant in the Spartan events myself, I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the country and meet amazing Spartans on the course on race day. I’ve met extraordinary people in my travels and made friends everywhere I’ve been. It has made leaving home easier because of all the amazing people I’ve met on the journey.
This last weekend, however, I was in a different scenario. I was watching two of my best friends and training partners leave our hometown, in Omaha, NE and head West to take on the Super Spartan at the Rawhide Ranch in Arizona and I wouldn’t be going with them.
Shelley Fast and Casey Sinz have been preparing for months at a local gym and outside for the race but also oftentimes coming to my own garage for old school WOD’s at my house and in my backyard. We threw rocks, carried sandbags, bear crawled up and down hills, filled rucks with weighs, ran repeats, and did handstand push-ups. We trained in the heat, in the cold, in the rain and snow, and even were out on the pavement before the sun was up or long after the sun had set most days. They left home ready to take on the race, but unsure of what would face them in the Arizona heat. I knew they’d be challenged but they were prepared.
Texting me from the start line, they were anxious but excited and a few short hours later, I got a triumphant message, “We did it! Awesome!!!” And they would come home with their hard earned finisher medals and their stories of how they battled the heat and the obstacles and the 8.5 miles of trails to come home true Spartans and certified Spartan chicks!