Rebel Race Confessions

Rebel Race beer reward!

It’s the morning after, and I’m not feeling too bad. I have a few scrapes and bruises and my triceps are a little sore but I made it through Rebel Race! It actually wan’t as bad as I thought it would be. The hardest part wasn’t the mud (because there was very little mud to be found!), it was the dust.

We started the race in a crowd of 50-75 people. It was impossible to run without stepping on the heels of the person in front of you. The Pine Barrens were so dry, the dust we kicked up was noxious. It felt like my nasal passage and lungs were coated in sand.  We had to wait in line, as if we were at Disney for the first 3 and last 3 obstacles of the race.

The scariest part of the race was the last obstacle, the wall climb.

We made it over!

We waited in line a good 5 minutes for our turn up the 15ft. wall and it seemed like every other person up the wall froze on top. Once I got to the top I realized why! It’s not so scary on the way up, but once you’re there and have to hoist your legs over and climb down it seriously intimidating. Fear conquered! Running this race definitely built my confidence and made me realize I do have what it takes to make it through and I realized that it’s necessary to step up my game if I’m going to make it through Tough Mudder in October!

After the race we were thirsty and starving. Thirst was quenched by 2 bottles of smart water and a few beers. The hunger was a bit more of a challenge. Everywhere I turned people were noshing on smoked turkey legs.  It was grossing me out and driving me crazy at the same time. We made our way to the food vendors in hopes of finding suitable (vegan) nourishment. Veggie burgers sold out. Corn on the cob dripping in butter and “fruit” smoothies made with sugared fruit syrups and energy drinks.  I ate a bag of chips. Totally disappointment. And that’s where my fall from grace began.

Good vegan food is oftentimes hard to come by. After a 5k in the dust with scary obstacles I was driving myself crazy thinking about a juicy burger. Not a veggie burger. Not a turkey burger. A char-grilled beef burger. I caved and got one at the pub down the street from Tracy’s hotel.

I was riddled with guilt making the decision to order it. I was riddled with guilt when I took my first bite and I was riddled with guilt when I took my last bite. I ate 1/2 the burger. The taste was delicious. The physical and emotional effects of eating it were terrible.  It’s a fight between the taste on my tongue and the feeling in my body. Even now, knowing how bloated and awful it made me feel, I am seduced still by the taste buds.

There are thousands of vegan athletes of every kind from body builders to marathon runners. They have no problem refueling after their workouts and races. I need to figure out how they do it, because I couldn’t even think straight. Every thought was consumed with animal protein.

If you have any ideas, lay them on me!

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It’s the FINAL Countdown

The count down is over, Rebel Race is here. I am totally intimidated and totally under-trained!  For the readers that aren’t sure what I’m talking about, Rebel Race is a mud-endurance-obstacle race. It’s a little like a mini-Tough Mudder.  Tough Mudder is on my 40 before 40 list and I have never officially taken steps to cross it off that list. Registering for Rebel Race was my first official step towards my Tough Mudder goal.

My business partner Nancy and I signed up in January with lofty goals of serious training for the race. Our follow through was not so strong.  I have been trail running and hiking 3 days a week with Stella, but I have not been strength training and this is what makes me nervous! As yogis, we develop upper body strength through chatturanga and arm balances. For me personally,  these postures are neither my strongest nor my favorite.  Not to mention the fact that I am teaching 6 less classes than I usually do and my personal practice has declined since I started “training” for Rebel Race!

Rebel Race consists of 15 obstacles spread out over a 5K (or a 15K depending on which you register for). The obstacles I am most nervous about are the Gamble with Gravity (a 180 degree rope wall climb) and The Great Wall of Rebel Race. Both involve some serious upper body strength. My upper body strength is not what it should be.

Finishing Rebel Race is going to be a rude awakening to all the training that I must do to run the Mudder. And there’s no backing out of the Mudder as my crazy friend Tracy already signed me up for the NJ race in October (to ensure that I wouldn’t back out!). The only viable excuse I could ever come up with is pregnancy. Maybe the Hubs will knock me up between now and October!

Have you ever attempted something you were totally scared of?