Pre-Race Report: Savage Race 5/7

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Are you surprised to see that I’m attempting another Savage Race? After my experience in 2014 I never thought I would register for another one. But I decided I should give the race a chance for redemption. My first Savage Race experience wasn’t awful, but it wasn’t the greatest either. It was cold, windy, rainy and full of water obstacles, but it’s obviously not fair to blame the race for the weather.  I think my “hard feelings” toward the race came from getting hurt. I was pretty upset about it, but again, it’s not the race’s fault. Getting injured is always a risk we take. Savage Race did they all it could to ensure course safety.

This time I know how to approach the obstacles differently so I don’t get hurt again. I’m excited about this race and hopeful this can join the list of regular events. Savage Race has been doing some awesome things lately, and I want to be apart of that. They are now offering new and better obstacles, bigger finisher medals, and awesome finisher shirts. I appreciate that they are creating innovative obstacles! It’s the most important factor for a successful OCR.

Looking at the course map, the length seems similar to the one I did in 2014. The race will be a little more than five miles and 26 obstacles. I can’t remember the exact course layout from before, but it’s in the same location, so it won’t be too different. The course is pretty much flat throughout. So no, we won’t have a repeat of steep inclines from last week’s Spartan Beast. I think my legs will be happy about that! The course should be a lot of fun, and we should finish pretty quickly. Some of the obstacles are going to be a lot of fun too! Squeeze Play, Pole Cat, On The Fence and Collossus will all be there. Much to my disappointment so will Shriveled Richard, Thor’s Grundle and Davy Jones’ Locker. Some of my favorite obstacles…said no one ever! Actually, I’m sure there are a lot of people who enjoy those obstacles, but if you do, I think you’re nuts!

Since this race is only five miles, I won’t need to bring much for the course. This time I won’t need my hydration pack, nutrition packs, headlamp, glow sticks, batteries, warming blanket or Gatorade. There will be three water stations for the entire course, so I think we’ll be well hydrated. Below is my infamous OCR checklist:

  • Photo ID (wallet)
  • Waiver
  • Confirmation Email (saved on my phone)
  • Running Shoes
  • Running Clothes (shirt, compression shorts, compression pants)
  • Flip Flops (for the after race showers)
  • Towel
  • Change of Clothes & Shoes
  • Backpack
  • Sunscreen (I hate sunscreen, but I don’t want to burn!)
  • Sunglasses
  • Race Socks
  • Gloves
  • Arm Sleeves (from Sleefs)
  • Plastic Bags (to put all my race clothes and shoes in)

My running shoes are still wet from last week so I’m going to need to figure out a way to dry them before Saturday. No one wants to start a race in wet shoes!

Weather Report: 67 degrees with a 40% chance of rain. Looks like I’ll be running the Savage Race in the rain… again… yay.

So who is ready to race?

In the next mile I’ll share my Event Day Experience for this Savage Race. How will I like it? We’ll find out soon!

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