Special Ops Spartan Race Tampa {Giveaway}

12 01 2014

Mud. Obstacles. Grit. Courage. Strength. Glory.


On February 15th, the obstacle race voted #1 by Outside magazine is coming to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa! This Special Ops Spartan Sprint will be a mix of mud and gnarly outdoor obstacles combined with the challenge of the signature Spartan stadium obstacles all with maneuvers and strategy created by Special Ops Forces. Each finisher will receive a unique Special Ops Spartan Sprint Medal with bragging rights of accomplishing the most unique Spartan event. What’s even cooler about the event is that charity proceeds benefit the USSOCOM Care Coalition.

Unfortunately, I will be out of town on the weekend of February 15th so I can’t release my inner Spartan. šŸ˜¦

BUT, I’ve got some great news for you guys! You can get 15% off registration fees for any Spartan Race by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/spartanwarrior (It generates a code for you to use at checkout!)

Not enough to get you interested? How about WINNING a FREE entry to ANY 2014 Spartan Race in the Continental US? Did that catch your attention?

Here’s how you can enter:

1) Get one entry by commenting below, telling me how long you’ve read my blog. If you’re new, WELCOME!

2) Get one entry by tweeting about the giveaway.Ā  Include the blog link: https://321delish.com/2014/01/12/special-ops/ and use the hashtag #321SpartanRace.

Do both and you get two entries!

You have until midnight, Friday, January 17th to enter. I’ll randomly select a winner and announce it on the blog on Saturday the 18th!

Sign up for the Special Ops Spartan Race Tampa for the experience of a lifetime.


Tips for Your First Mud Run

16 11 2012

Last weekend I competed in my first mud run. I went up to Little Everglades Ranch in Dade City, FL with a few of my Tampa Bay Lady Blogger friends to run the Pretty Muddy Women’s Mud Run.

If you couldn’t tell, we had a great time working our way through the obstacles and getting “pretty muddy.” I could add to the long list of blog recaps from the event, but I opted to take a different spin on my post. This was my very first mud run, so I thought I’d give you some tips from a first timer.

1. Do the event with friends!

(This photo and just about all of the others are courtesy of Meghann)

I’m pretty independent, so I’ve done regular running races and triathlons by myself. Yes, going solo to any kind of race isn’t super exciting, but I think doing a mud run (which are typically low-stakes) alone would be kind of lame.

Going to Pretty Muddy with some of my favorite ladies in the Tampa Bay area was really what made the day for me. We were able act like kids together, help each other through obstacles, and enjoy sharing the experience of a “different” kind of race. We were all there to have fun, and that we did! I don’t think I’ve ever laughed that much during a race!

2. Wear form fitting clothes. (Unless you go the costume route!) I wore some Champion capris (from Target), a sports bar, and an old Victoria’s Secret tank. The outfit worked great, and I wouldn’t have been disappointed if it had been ruined by the mud. (Which, thankfully, it wasn’t!) I also wore some old running sneakers, which worked out well.

3. Don’t take the obstacles too seriously.

All of the obstacles at Pretty Muddy gave you the option of walking around, no questions asked. Going up and over a net not your thing? You could just go around it, no big deal. It’s also a safety thing- if you’re injured, not prepared, scared, etc. don’t do it. No one is there forcing you to do every single obstacle. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t force it.

4. Bring a change of clothes (including shoes!) and several towels! This is probably pretty obvious but critical! Pack them in the bag you check. You don’t want to get back into your car covered in mud or in soaking wet clothes. Pretty Muddy had a hose-off station and changing tents, which were much appreciated!

5. Stop and take photos! Ok, so this isn’t a “must,” but come on, how fun are some of these pictures?

Photos from Meghann:

Photos from PBC Sports Photography, LLC:

5. The most important thing is that you HAVE FUN! How often do you get to play in mud like a kid again?

Don’t be afraid to get muddy! I mean, isn’t that the point of a mud run? šŸ™‚

I had such a blast at Pretty Muddy! I thought it was really well organized and a perfect event for first timers.

I would highly recommend checking out all of the Tampa Bay Lady Blogger Recaps; some of them are pretty funny!

Jess (from a volunteer’s perspective šŸ™‚ )

Do you have any tips for someone doing a mud run for the first time?