*Strength… Stamina… Spartan*

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably already looking ahead to 2017 and considering how you are going to challenge yourself, set new goals, and experience some fresh, exciting events. It’s fun to think about all of the possibilities and planning for a new year!

One such possibility you might want to consider is registering for a Spartan Race. Spartan Race combines running with obstacles that require strength and stamina. They offer challenging courses and “provide racers of all levels a proving ground to test themselves.” It’s a brilliant test of strength, both physically and mentally. The bonus is, they’re also a ton of fun!

Spartan Race has races throughout the year in a number of cities and regions. You can check out their complete list of events on their website but if you’re itchin’ to start working toward a new goal, they do have events coming up in the earlier part of 2017, starting with SoCal the end of January. Other early 2017 locations include Las Vegas, Arizona, Houston, and Atlanta.

Season passes, for those that want to commit to more than one event, are now available. They sell out fast so don’t delay in making the commitment. (I’d wager to say that a season pass might also make a fantastic Christmas gift for the athlete in your life!) There are three pass options including the Trifecta, which allows the participant to complete in three races anytime in 2017. The Open Season Pass and Elite Season Pass allow for unlimited Spartan Races and are a great option for the serious Spartan competitor.


Trifecta Pass

Also new for 2017 are some kicked-up race obstacles, Spartan gear, and the coveted medals.


Race Medal

One of the things I love about Spartan Race is that it’s not just about the race. The organization helps with guiding future participants with training and workouts to help racers prepare for events, offers nutrition advice and recipes (sent right to your email inbox if you sign up!), and they even offer an educational course which is intended to help participant find success whether in the race itself or day-to-day life. It’s a well-rounded program based on the philosophy that you can change your life by tackling obstacles and challenges head-on and doing so with a willingness to learn from them to become stronger.

If you’re looking for a new challenge in 2017, set your sights on training for a Spartan Race! Aroo!!

*Disclaimer: all information presented was provided to me by Spartan Race. However, the opinions presented are my own. Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking makes no representation of validity of the information and is not liable for any errors, omissions, or any losses, injuries or damages that may arise from participation in Spartan Race events. All information is for informative purposes only.


*A little of this, a little of that*

Sunday evening. Thank goodness for an extra day off this weekend because I need it! Tomorrow is a big day dedicated to getting organized for the coming week. Time management, in addition to simplifying in all areas of my life, has become a big focus for me. I want to minimize to maximize. Oxymoron? Maybe. But I’ve got some fun things happening and in order to bring my A game, I need to create space in so many ways!

A few things on my radar I thought I’d share:

  • There are just a few more days left to take advantage of the registration discount for the Reebok Spartan Race! Use the code: MEMORIAL at checkout to save up to $40 off your registration fee. The offer is only good until 5/27 so don’t wait any longer! (In fact, Mr. Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking and I have decided that we are going to do a Reebok Spartan Race together later this summer and are going use this training plan!)
  • Posting here on Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking has been sporadic, at best, lately. My friend, Amanda, Just a Mom who TRI’s, recently shared her thoughts on her own blog with this post: Is the blog dead? I have no plans to quit blogging and have some big ideas around blogging in general that I’m working to manifest. (More on that at some point later!) But I really appreciated her honesty!
  • Speaking of… much of my effort to re-organize revolves around that fact that I’ve been asked to join the team of bloggers that works to keep Oregon-area (and SW Washington) runners in-the-know! I’m so honored to begin sharing my own musings on www.runoregonblog.com, coming soon!!!!!
  • One of my biggest challenges right now, in terms of writing, is that I don’t have a laptop. I’m grateful that I have a computer at all, but I fantasize about owning a sweet little laptop that I can tote around to a coffee shop, or even my deck to sit in the sun, to write. My previous laptop died a while back and it’s just not been in the budget to replace. The other portion of my little fantasy is creating an equally sweet little office space where I can comfortably sip creamy coffee concoctions while I put pen to paper… or fingertips to keyboard.

Yes, please!


The kind of creative space I crave!

  • I’m on a serious super-foods kick. My latest obsession is bee pollen. It’s been a while since I’ve had some on hand but I picked some up at the farmer’s market yesterday and am looking forward to some kitchen alchemy tomorrow. I’m not sure this is the exact recipe I’ll use but something similar.
  • My latest read: You Are a Brand!

Marketing, networking, branding, oh my!

  • Finally, my thoughts on Memorial Day. This may offend some… but I’ve been saddened to see how deluded this holiday has become. While I wholeheartedly agree with taking every opportunity to honor not only our veterans, but also our deceased love ones, I’m not sure society realizes what it is we are honoring on Memorial Day. It is a day to memorialize our service men and women who have died in the line of duty while defending our country. I love a BBQ as much as the next gal, but I really hope people take the time to recognize the reason behind the extra day off tomorrow.

However you plan to spend the holiday, be safe and make it a day to remember!

*Spartan Race discount*

In honor of Memorial Day, my friends at Reebok Spartan Race invited me to share this offer for up to $40 off your entry!



If you’ve been putting off signing up for a Spartan Race, don’t wait any longer! This offer will expire on Wednesday, May 27th. When registering, enter code: MEMORIAL, to save up to $40 off your entry! You can’t beat that kind of deal! Get to it!!

*And the winner is…*

Eric W., aka, gymnut2008!

Congratulations, Eric! Please email me at hylaridenour@yahoo.com so I can send you the code for your free entry into any open heat (non-confirmed start time), Reebok Spartan Race in the continental US!

Didn’t win? How about 10% off as my way of saying thanks for playing! Use this code: SPARTANBLOGGER at registration to receive your discount.

Also, if you’d like to save 50% of on the Spartan Cruise, (50% 0ff!!!), use this code: Cruise50.

I want to give a huge shout-out to the awesome team at Reebok Spartan Race for making this giveaway possible! And, another shout-out to my readers and followers! Thanks for all of the great tips and suggestions for getting Spartan Race ready!


Footnote: The winner was generated randomly using Rafflecopter and the free Spartan Race entry prize is being provided by Reebok Spartan Race.


*Spartan Race giveaway*

Step away from your happy hour beverage and make sure you get entered into my Reebok Spartan Race giveaway, pronto! The contest ends tonight at 11:59 PST so you’ve only got a few hours left!

I’ve really appreciated the great suggestions for preparing for my first Spartan Race later this summer! I’m also looking forward to checking out some of the recently released Spartan Up! podcasts! In fact, they have a big contest going on which runs for just a few more days. There are some great prizes so check it out!

Also, I mentioned the Spartan Cruise in a recent post (here) and just learned that they are offering a 50% off discount. No joke! 50% OFF A CRUISE!!!! Interested? You can use the code Cruise50 to save yourself 50%!

Get in on my giveaway before it’s too late! You can enter at this link: Spartan Race Giveaway. Good luck!!



*Weekly mileage*

Mileage for the week of January 5th – January 11th

Total weekly mileage: 52.75

Total January mileage (to-date): 68.75

Total year-to-date (2015) mileage: 68.75

Run review:

1/5         No run/rest day

1/6         59:08 min./7.25 mi./8:09 pace

1/7         56:18 min./7 mi./8:03 pace

1/8         55:22 min./7 mi./7:55 pace

1/9         1:23:22 min./10.5 mi./7:56 pace

1/10       14:23 min./1.75 mi./8:14 pace (short interval sesh.)

49:42 min./5.25 mi./9:27 pace

1/11       1:57:52 min./14 mi./8:25 pace

This past week was a BIG transition week for me! The previous week I was uncertain about running Boston at all, sick, and only ran 28 miles. I was pretty much having a big-ass pity party! Fast forward a week and I’ve recommitted to my dream of completing what I started, threw myself into training, started feeling a ton better (though still not 100%) and got in some decent mileage, totaling 52.75.

Yesterday I executed a pretty good training run which was my longest run in several months. I realized afterwards that it was a culmination of my efforts over the course of the entire week that paid off! I cut out alcohol, ate super clean, went to bed early most nights, made time to stretch daily, and really poured myself into the lifestyle, so to speak. It was a pretty dang good start, I think.

Today is my rest and regroup day for which I’m totally grateful! (I’ve been up since 3:50!) This week I’ll continue to build up my mileage and work to keep the momentum on the efforts that I began to institute last week.

If you haven’t already, be sure to enter to win my Reebok Spartan Race giveaway!! You can enter HERE!

Have a great week and GO UO DUCKS!!!

*Spartan’s take over the world*

“Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Our events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal.”


YES!!! That is some good sh*t! (I especially love the “excited about change” and “challenging today’s perception of normal” parts!)

When I read the mission of Reebok Spartan Race, I couldn’t help but be drawn to their desire to help ordinary people reach higher and to do something truly extraordinary!

The peeps at Reebok Spartan Race are reaching higher too! They’ve outdone themselves this year with some really exciting things in store.

“Having experienced many different racing events, we wanted to make adventure racing more accessible to everyone, but do not be fooled by the word ‘accessible’, as our events have a challenge for everyone’s needs.”

In order to make their events accessible to everyone, they’ve added a new feature this year. In 2015, there are more options than ever to experience what it means to be a Spartan. For the beginner, there is the Spartan Sprint. (That’s me!) The Super Spartan event is for intermediate athletes. Advanced? There is an event for you: The Spartan Beast! Oh, and let’s not forget the cray-cray among us, (and they say 99.9% need not apply) is the extreme level Death Race. EEK!

But wait! There’s more!

Why stop at doing just one Spartan event this year when you could purchase a Spartan Annual Pass, which also offers VIP access to all US races, kick ass perks like travel discounts, and unlimited racing!

Or, how about a Spartan Cruise that takes you to a private island in the Bahamas for the ultimate tropical island Spartan race? How cool is that?! Part vacation, part epic obstacle adventure on white sand beaches. The Spartan Cruise is coming up in early March so if the idea of a weekend of racing in the Bahamas interests you, you can find more information about the Island Cruise here.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2015 Spartan World Championship in Lake Tahoe this October. The weekend-long event will feature all four racing options with over $500,000 in cash prizes being awarded to top finishers! You’ll find more beastly details at the aforementioned link.


Want to know more about the Spartan lifestyle? www.spartan.com has loads of features including podcast “Spartan UP!” from Spartan Race founder and CEO, Joe De Sena who interviews a wide range of successful athletes, authors, and more, to learn their secrets of what it takes to get on top and stay on top!


You can also find copies of the digital magazine, Spartan, where you’ll find useful information to help you get motivated, tips for training for peak performance, injury prevention, athlete profiles, and so much more!

Spartan’s are pretty much taking over the world!!

So, do you have what it takes and wanna get in on the action? One lucky Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking reader will win a free entry into an open heat (non-confirmed start time), in any Spartan Race in the continental US! To enter for your chance to win, follow this link: Spartan Race Giveaway to enter.

Don’t want to wait to see if you win? My friends at Reebok Spartan Race are giving Wasn’t Just the Wine Talking readers 10% off any race. Use this code: SPARTANBLOGGER at registration to receive your discount.

Contest ends at 12:00 AM on 1/17/15 PST. Good luck!