DISCLOSURE: The Spartan Race registration being given away in this post was provided to me at no cost by Reebok Spartan Race. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own, and not those of Reebok, NBC, Norwegian Cruise Line or their affiliates. Click here for more on my policies. Scroll to the end of this post or click here to win a free Spartan Race Registration. You can also enter your information here to enter the Spartan Cruise Sweepstakes.
In Fort Campbell, morning PT was a bright-and-early (or, more accurately, dark-and-early), Monday-through-Friday affair for Jonathan. Because he also led the daily physical training, it wasn’t out of the ordinary to see him creating workouts and PT schedules at home. This made it extremely difficult for me to ignore my own workout routine. With his fitness focus and my fruit-and-veggies focus, keeping our bodies in good shape during our time in Tennessee happened naturally.
At DLI, however, rigorous PT takes a back seat to preparing for the DLPT (Defense Language Proficiency Test). (Look, Ma, I’m using acronyms!) Don’t get me wrong; PT is still required. This is the military, after all, and not liberal arts college. But when you’re spending seven hours a day sitting in class, bashing yourself over the head with verb tenses and translations, activity and fitness are naturally de-emphasized. For Jonathan and me, this means our at-home health efforts have easily doubled; there are more weekend bike rides and hikes than there were in Fort Campbell, and fewer cheat days. (I miss you, pizza. I will come back to you. Wait for me.)
A regret Jonathan has mentioned several times since we moved to Monterey is that his Army schedule hasn’t allowed him to register for a Spartan Race. If that race name sounds familiar, it could be because you’ve heard about their reputation or their military discount, and I may have unashamedly plastered this blog with their logo. If it doesn’t sound familiar, picture a many-mile obstacle race, low crawling through mud and barbed wire, jumping through fire, and other extreme bad-assery that is both horrifying and exhilarating at the same time. Or, you know, just watch this video:
I watch a video like that and see imminent death; Jonathan watches it and sees a mud-splattered oasis. The popularity of Spartan Races suggests that the world is filled with vicious, warrior-spirited, possibly-insane people like Jonathan. And when I say that the world is filled with these people, I really mean the world: On September 20, the Spartan Race World Championship Race will take place in Killington, Vermont. The championship is a “beast race,” which means the course is 12+ miles, and “those who can climb well will be rewarded.” Yikes.
Good news for you if you’re reading this and now have the urge to add “carrying a large stone up a hill” to your shoulder routine: Though registration for the Vermont race closes soon, you can use the promotional code SPARTANBLOGGER to get 10% off any open-registration race. Or you can win a free registration, right here, right now, for any open heat (non-confirmed start time) Spartan Race in the continental US. Scroll to the bottom of this post for the Rafflecopter giveaway link.
If you’re curious about the races and want to do a little research before registering for one, you can turn on NBC Sports and watch the mania unfold on TV.
But wait! There’s more. Someone at Spartan Race has been reading my mind, and they are holding a giveaway of their own. For a cruise. To the Caribbean. I’ll give you a second to collect yourself.
The Spartan Cruise Sweepstakes is a giveaway for the first-ever Spartan cruise–a four-day trip aboard Norwegian Cruise Line’s Sky. The ship departs from Miami on March 6, 2015, and winners of the sweepstakes will even get free airfare to Florida. On the cruise, there will be live music. Dancing. Dining. Indulgence. And a Spartan Sprint (about four miles, with 15+ obstacles) on Great Stirrup Cay island. The race will be hosted by the founder of Spartan Race, Joe De Sena.
“It’s going to be as competitive as any Spartan Race, combined with a long weekend vacation in one of the world’s top travel destinations,” said De Sena. “The shorter Sprint presents plenty for the hardcore Elite to test themselves and is a good starter race for new Spartans. We’re going overboard on this one, packing as much as we can into three intense, but relaxing days in the sun.”
The cruise is a chance to sail to a private island in the Bahamas, put yourself through a crazy, muddy, obstacle-filled Sprint, and then grab a piña colada from the poolside bar. Or, if you’re me, do the sailing and blended drinks part, and let your husband take care of the jumping through fire part. Everybody wins.
I’ve been on a few cruises (thanks, Mom and Dad), and sailing back to the Bahamas sounds more and more appealing the longer I spend in overcast, can’t-put-your-feet-in-the-ocean-for-fear-of-hypothermia Monterey. Needless to say, I’ll be entering the sweepstakes myself.
You can register for the cruise at the link above, or you can enter for a chance to win the cruise sweepstakes here. But you don’t have to enter the sweepstakes. In fact, don’t. Less competition for me.
And last but not least, as promised, here’s your chance to win a free Spartan Race registration:
The contest is open now, and closes a week from today (Tuesday the 16th) at 12:00am. You can Tweet daily to earn more entries. Remember, the free registration is only valid for open heat races in the continental US. A winner will be contacted by the email given in the Rafflecopter giveaway; if the winner does not respond within 7 days, a new winner will be selected.