The 2019 Dallas Stadion Spartan Race
This last weekend I finished another Spartan Race Stadium (or Stadion) Sprint. Last year, I finished without doing a single burpee. This year, I set my sights on repeating the same result.
There were a few key differences between this year’s course at last year’s course. First of all, the course was much much longer. While last year’s course was about 3.5 miles or so, this year’s course was just over 4 miles long. That may not sound like much, but trust me, you notice the difference. My time was over 10 minutes longer than last year..and nope, no burpees for me this year either.
One thing I struggled with in this race is the stairs. No matter how much I told myself to practice stair climbs since last year’s race, I just didn’t train enough. I was constantly out of breath on certain sections of the course after long climbs. If anyone asks me about what they should train the most in preparation for these races, I would say..politely.. GO CLIMB SOME STAIRS!!!
This year’s race also featured the debut of a new obstacle, the Spartan Thruster. Basically, spartans had to complete 15 burpee thrusters with a 55 lbs foam roller looking object. Personally, I like the obstacle, and the object itself. It looks perfect for strength training and foam rolling! I can’t find it for sale at the moment, but I’m sure it will be available soon. What I didn’t like was how the sandwiched this obstacle between the Rope Climb, Box Jumps, and the Ring Rig. It definitely punished me for running the water pail carry before all of these obstacles.
I really enjoy running this type of Spartan Race. Not only is it close, but it’s a great way to do some obstacle course racing without going to the middle of nowhere and getting mud everywhere. Highly suggest anyone interested in running an obstacle course race to give this particular race a look. So proud of my friends Nathan and Cass (aka running with the pack) for completing their first Spartan Race Stadium Sprint. Can’t wait until the next one!