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Spartan Race Fenway Park Timed Trial by: Candie Bobick
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Featured Corn Fed: Kathy Bacon

Spartan Race Fenway Park Timed Trial by: Candie Bobick

Soooo… it’s been awhile since I’ve written. What better way to bring me back than one of the most amazing days I’ve had the joy of living so far this life.  After a long, long drive… 16ish hours and very little sleep… 4ish hours, so many memories were made.

A group of Cornfed Spartans decided it would be an awesome idea to drive to Boston and run the 1st ever Spartan Race Timed Trial INSIDE Fenway Park.  Cool right?  You have no idea!  At about 6:30am we were able to hear music from the park, which was right across the street from our hotel.  As we crowded in the window we could see Spartans running along the walkways and stopping just long enough to pick up huge water jugs to then carry down and back up stairs.  I was so excited I could barely contain myself!  We met up with the rest of our team and made our way over to Fenway Park.  Registration was awesome, gear was killer, the air was alive with excitement.  First of all to be able to run a Spartan Race inside a 100 year old Stadium was Epic enough, but to be able to it with some of the greatest people I have ever known brought it to an entirely new level.

Pictures, laughter, anxiety… is my bib on straight?  I hate when my bibs not straight!  Everyone ready?  Wait!  I have to pee!  In line before we know it and ready to go!  No one had any idea what to expect, we were just ready to kill it!  At the start… first obstacle?  10 burpees!  I love burpees!  We got this!  I almost lost my teeth at one point during the over / under stretchy cord obstacles that seemed to go on forever!  Leave it to me to get my ankle twisted up in 2 of them!  We may or may not have mooned each other at one point too.  Yup, full moon!  There was a water jug carry and of course in Cornfed Style those that finished early went to get their teammate’s jugs to help.  We had 6, 7, and 8 foot walls.  We ALL made it over. There was running up and down stairs, in between rows, ball slams, hand release pushups, 500 meter row, more burpees, rope climb, herculean hoist, ladders, cargo nets, spear throw, traverse wall, ball throw, 20 pound rope jump rope- yea, that sucked, 60 pound sandbag carry up and down the aisles…which of course no sandbag was left behind, lift and carry heavy shit, more burpees, box jumps… I live for this stuff!!!  We had a pretty major injury on a 6 foot wall, but the determination was so fierce to finish and get that Trifecta that there was no stopping!  The finish is right around the corner, but first… The Gladiator Pit!  I was talking shit and then charged them!  Of course, they ignored me and went after my friends.  I was hoping they were going to take me out and let my teammates go… wrong!

As we hugged and smiled and posed for pictures we had no idea what was still waiting at the end.  We lost a teammate and we were all yelling at him to “Get over here for pictures!”  He finally came over and before anyone even realized what happened, he was on one knee, holding up the most beautiful ring to the most beautiful woman, while our Junior Cornfed Spartans stood behind us with the signs that read, “Maribel, Will You Marry Me?” TEARS!  I looked up and caught my teammate mirroring my happy tears and it was like time stopped!  Of course, she said yes as the announcer yelled out, ” We have a Cornfed proposal!”  Words truly cannot capture how perfect everything was at this exact moment!!!!
I have had many pretty cool life experiences, I have made many friends, I have traveled all over the place, I have experienced good and bad… Nothing compares to the love I have for my Cornfed Spartan Family and the experiences we have shared and the memories we have made.  The best part?  This is just the beginning! Missy, Laura, Sarah, Maribel and Rick… thank you so much for making this race the best one so far!  I only hope I have encouraged and motivated you even half as much that you all have me!  The rest of my Cornfed Family…. please know, not a day goes by that I don’t realize how lucky I am and how truly grateful I am to have each and every one of you in my life!   Thank you for welcoming me into your family and running with me, pulling me, pushing me, guiding me and loving me!  I can’t wait to see what 2013 holds for us!

Read more by Candie Bobick on her blog: My Once Upon A Happily Ever After…

Featured Corn Fed: Kathy Bacon

By: Kathy Bacon “Muddy Spartan Princess”

What was your first OCR?
Mudstash 2011

What is your next OCR?
Indiana Spartan Sprint 2013

Kathy, please tell us more about yourself.

I have spent most of my life overweight and out of shape. I have dealt with ridicule and name calling, low self-esteem and depression. I battled fear regularly. Fear of failure, fear of ridicule, fear of injury and anything else that would offer me an excuse to avoid activity and doing new things.

Watching my mom slowly die over the last 10+ years of her life, caused me to open my eyes to my own health. On November 19, 2010, I quit smoking. That was step 1 but I had also developed Hypothyroidism, Type II diabetes, high cholesterol and was headed down a very dangerous road. With encouragement and support from my husband, I joined Anytime Fitness and signed on with a trainer. Thus my journey to health began.

I must admit that in the beginning my training was only half-hearted. I wanted to succeed but I was still dealing with fears. Many times tears would roll and I worried about people watching me. I wanted to quit more times than I can count but thankfully letting me quit was not an option for my trainer or my husband.

I walked my first 5k in September 2011. The very next month, my husband decided to run his first OCR, the Mudstash at Perfect North Slopes. Neither of us had ever heard of them before. It sounded like it would be very physically demanding. I assumed it was a “military type” thing so I decided to not try. I was no where near in shape enough to do anything like that. I wasn’t even running 5ks yet, only walking. However, secretly I longed to be able to do it. This longing left me a bit grouchy that morning but I went as the picture taker and support for my husband. He ran first wave and as he approached the finish line, something inside me said that I needed to be on that course with him.

He kicked back on a grassy hill while I went to get his shower gear. I dropped the bag at his feet, pointed my finger at him and said, “You will never do that alone again! I was afraid but I am not gonna let fear stop me anymore.” OOOPS! Boy did I open a can of worms! His reply, “They are running races all day. I will even run it a second time to run it with you.” Then after running out of excuses, I ran my first OCR that afternoon. Actually, I walked the majority of it but I finished and I had a blast doing it! I was hooked!

Since then I have completed the Georgia Spartan Sprint (with a sprained ankle), the Indiana Founders Spartan Sprint, the Colorado Military Sprint, Warrior Dash, 2 additional Mudstashes and several 5ks. I am currently on an OCR break while hubby is deployed and I am pursuing surgery. I am registered and hope to be cleared by doctor to run the Indiana Spartan Sprint 2013 with Corn Fed AND my Maneating Mamajamas!

I began by telling you how I have spent most of my life being overweight and out of shape. I will end by telling you how that picture is changing. My highest weight was 330 lbs and I am now down to 261 lbs. I am stronger and have more endurance now than I have ever had. I have changed what I eat, how much I eat, when I eat, my workouts and much about my life style. If you want to know more about my journey to health you can check out my blog at muddyspartanprincess.com.

I am very proud of the woman I have become by learning to “Never Let Fear Stop Me.” I am the Muddy Spartan Princess!

Next time you see Kathy on the obstacle course be sure to say hi! We would like to thank Kathy for her time and for sharing a little piece of her story with the rest of us. Keep up the amazing work, Kathy! We’ll see you in Laurel at the next Indiana Spartan Sprint!

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