The Noob Runner Series: The Mud-nificent Reebok Spartan Race 2015

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“Aroo! Aroo! Aroo!” growled the adrenaline overdosed Spartans of the 8.00am heat.

Clearly I was still not entirely awake when Prem from the Mix.fm Breakfast crew (emcee of the event) asked the impatient participants at the starting line.

My tummy joined in the growling. Being hungry right before the race was not really on the agenda. Lesson learned – after a hearty Herbalife shake, always whip up a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for extra fuel, to sustain you until the end! Or an energy bar, for that matter.

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All fresh and clean, before heading off to the starting line.

Front row from left: Suriya, me and Natrah

Back from left: Abang Shidi and Izwan

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One with Izwan.

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It’s game on for Abang Shidi and Izwan.

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 We left for Setia Alam, Shah Alam right after Subuh prayers and arrived at the battlefield slightly before 7am.

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The Registration booth

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The long queue.

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On site

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Slipped on my brand new workout gloves by Lonsdale from Sports Direct, and strapped on the Spartan race chip for timing purposes – our intention that day was just to complete the race though, not much on chasing after time.

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…and our brand new kicks!

We swear by these by inov-8! It’s lightweight and it dries up quickly.

Mine (blue) is the TRAILROCTM 255 while Izwan is sporting TRAILROCTM 245. You can also check out their Obstacle Course Running collection here.

The Spartan organizers also promoted their Reebok All Terrain Super, fit for beasty races such as this.

Remember to wear anti-blister dri-fit socks! I got mine from Nike.

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The prelimenary obstacle before the start of the race – a low rise wall.

Yeah, I could still manage this on my own… until the other taller wall.

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Everyone’s so pumped up and ecstatic, not knowing what’s in store for them. LOL.

Photo source: Rany Tan Facebook

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14 wall under

Probably one of the easiest obstacle – rolling under!

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There’s always time for a group photo! Always!

Photo source: Rany Tan Facebook

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20kg weight drag. With the right pulling technique, it becomes pretty easy.

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16 weights carry lagi

 At one point we had to carry these trecherous weight balls of 50kg for men, and 25kg for women (I might be wrong on the exact weight, but consider these as estimates) – from point A to point B, back to point A with 5 burpees in between.

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Now this dude right here in the picture could be a demi-god!

Photo source: Spartan Race Malaysia Facebook

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So, OK. I skipped weight ball because my tummy couldn’t take it – was experiencing hunger pangs. I resorted in 30 burpees. Felt like throwing up, for the third time!

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10 spiderwall

Just like Viper Arena, they had the ‘Spiderman wall’.

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2 more steps to towards the bell, and my foot decided to slip.

Dammit.

More burpees.

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Suriya and Natrah (in yellow) paying their dues for not making it to the bell.

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3 crawl may

Now, here’s where the mud-nificent obstacle commenced. A really long stretch of cool, soft and mushy mud. You’re required to crawl under the barb wires – depending on the surface of the earth, at some point the wire will get caught on your clothing, or… well, trunk.

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It was good entertainment watching everyone demonstrate different types of crawling methods – sideway roll, frog swim, salamander slide…

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Natrah rocking the sideway roll.

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Izwan who just finished his mud bath.

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The Speed Spartan Race had  a total of 25 obstacles across 6km. If  you do the math, that’s one obstacle  for every 240 meters, on average.

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5 hill

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Testing your strength and endurance.

…and patience.

Photo source: Rany Tan Facebook

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But I could still manage a smile.

Photo source: Spartan Race Malaysia Website

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7 mudd pool

Experiencing the life of a water buffalo.

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8 pull weights

Can’t believe I nailed this with flying colours – heaving approx. 20kg of cement.

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 Spearing – not my forte.

My spear flew sideways and ended up on the left lane.

Photo source: Rany Tan Facebook

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The spiderweb was pretty cool and dangerous at the same time – no safety net underneath!

So you better climb carefully and not rush your way up and down.

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 6 monkey bar

Monkey bars/swing – something none of us have conquered yet so far.

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9 rope climb

…and the rope.

It’s pretty obvious that a lot of work needs to be done for our upper body.

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 After all the sweat and tears (and near-puking incidents), we completed the race far longer than many other groups who started off with us during the 8.00am wave. But to finish fast wasn’t our ultimate goal.

Our mission was to complete the race, no matter what happened.

It was a place for us to test our strength, will power and put team-work into action. Indeed we’re tough cookies! Slowly but oh yeah, surely!

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This is how you show off your medal. Take it form the CEO of Green Apple Photography.

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One with the official photographer.

Photo source: Spartan Race Malaysia Website

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Rolling up our sleeves for the next Super Spartan Race in March 2016!

Power up, Spartan up, peeps! We’ve got more mud to dive in!

To watch the highlights of our race (before Suriya’s GoPro batteries died out), checkout the video.

 

 

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