Friday, September 30, 2011

Arts and Crafts (Spartan Chicked Style): Build Your Own Sandbag

by Carrie Adams

282788_2288154283796_1247108704_32874040_2010034_nYou didn’t think we were going to crochet, did you?  You can thank the one and only Spartan Chick Katy McCabe aka Katya (She's a Russian linguist, Marine, and one of my best friends for this project.  She’s amazing… and not just because of her one arm handstands!  (Those are rad though)  She’s taken on the Death Race, the Beast, and she’s just a super rad chick.  Her Blog Unnatural Born Athlete is something that I think a lot of us can relate to…

My two sandbags – Angelina (the bitch) and T-Rex (The gentler giant) are my two sandbags.  T-Rex was made with these instructions from Katy.  For about $25 and with two of my friends, this made for a REALLY fun afternoon! 

Miami Inspired Dinner!

by Carrie Adams

Originally posted on

SRFL_JJ_0531We have some amazing Miami chicks and we are heading back to beach on February 25, 2012!  It came to mind as I was poking around our calendar yesterday.  Even though home base for me is Omaha, I travel to Siesta Key every year with my daughters. It’s been an annual event for over 15 years actually!   We parasail, I scuba dive, I run the beaches and swim for days!  It’s a relaxing weekend with my girls and a great chance to train in the warm Florida sunshine.  With food, I am always spoiled - I have had fresh fish every day - the seasonal  produce and sea food abound so we are taking advantage of the citrus, berries, and fresh fish fillets from the local market!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Muscle vs. Fat

by Carrie Adams

Originally posted on

Do you obsess over a number on the scale?  Do you think that getting to a certain point on the scale will make you happy?  The numbers game we play with ourselves is something I encourage people to move away from… if you want to follow a number, get your body fat percentage measured and use that as your true measure of success and use that as your barometer for health and overall well being. 

image003Look at the picture on the left.  That is a representation of five pounds of muscle and five pounds of fat.  As you can see, the 5 lbs. of fat is much bulkier than the 5 lbs. of muscle, but five pounds is still five pounds. Muscle does not weigh more than fat.  So because muscle is more dense than fat, the correct way to state the the comparison is, "Muscle is heavier by volume than fat." 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dinner and Dancing

I spend so much time thinking about food.  I love food.  I do. On top of all the thinking about the food, I spend almost as much time shopping for it, preparing it, serving it and eating it!  I cook for my family, for my friends, for my running team - pretty much anyone. My kitchen is the heart of my house.  Food is a passion... So is dancing...

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

J and J Protein Bars

by Carrie Adams

I first made these back in the spring and you’ll soon find out (I’ll post my recipes often) that I like to improvise in the kitchen!  I really just throw things together.  I eat clean but I have two kids and I like to eat hearty food so I had to find something that was healthy, tasted amazing, and was nutritious.  These have become epic. Epic!

Believe me when I tell you that at 200 calories for two large bars (as they are made below – adjust calories, etc if you substitute) you'll satisfy your sweet tooth, keep it clean, and help you stay fueled for the day!  Thanks to Spartan Chick Lynn Lena I had them just before the Staten Island Hurricane Heat!  They are named for two of my good friends from Omaha – Jim and Jamie – they are frequent running partners and frequent eaters of these amazing bars. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Spartan Chicked Video

Watch the video from the weekend that started it all back in August in a little ski town in Vermont and home of the Original Spartan Beast...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Staten Island Rocks the Super Spartan

by Carrie Adams
Undeterred by torrential rainfall Friday, Spartan Race’s Super Spartan presented by Dolphin Fitness went off without a hitch on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Wolfe’s Pond Park.  Lots of muddy mayhem lay in wait for the Spartan athletes brave enough to take on the eight mile course. 

DSCN2098A new feature you’ll be seeing at upcoming races is the Hurricane Heat and Staten Island was the second installment of the new series of heats put on by Spartan Race at our events.  Starting in the early morning and before dawn, the Hurricane Heaters of Staten Island set off on the course led by Joe DeSena, Spartan Staffers (myself included), and with headlamps lighting the way on the muddy course.  Part Death Race camp, part team “fun” run, this early heat incorporated additional punishment and physical challenges inside the race course.  Thirty burpees were issued at every obstacle and picking up logs, rocks, and sometimes each other along the course, the final Hurricane Heaters came across the line, some being buddy carried for some extra toughness, after nearly four hours on the trail. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Trail Chicked!

For all the trail chicks out there, Spartan Chick and ultra-runner Keira Henninger who we profiled on the Spartan Blog is offering a really cool deal to our Spartan Chicks who want to do an amazing trail run in Southern California on October 10th!
She has an amazing trail series called Leona Valley. This one is a Trail Mary (Mary is Marathon), Half Mary, 10K and 5K all on beautiful but tough and technical single track trails.
Here is a link to the website:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hurricane Heat Hits Staten Island

After the success of the Hurricane Heat at Amesbury Spartan Race announced a few days ago that they would be hosting another Hurricane Heat at 0530 on Saturday morning September 24 during the Staten Island Super Spartan. As Radbadassador, Carrie Adams wrote on Monday this heat is only open to 100 people.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Spartan Radio: Back in Black!

After some off time, the ladies (and Jim) were back in action on Spartan Radio.  The lovely and talented (and wicked fast) Margo the Great joined us for the show.  We talked about the disaster in Vermont and the recovery efforts - including lots of ways you can help!  We talked about PA, the fact that Spartan has rad gear, rad chicks, and 2012 season of bad assness!  Maurya talked about her wimp to Spartan campaign courtesy of CrossFit South Brooklyn (Shane Williams is one cool dude) and we talked a lot about race day gear (NO COTTON).  Carrie told bad jokes, Maurya played with her hair, Margaret gave good information and Jim just tried to stay sane. 

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Spartan Race Training with the Troops

by Carrie Adams
Spartan Chicks are soldiers, former soldiers, veterans, wives, girlfriends, mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends of Troops.  (This Spartan Chick is dating a Veteran who spent 27 months in Iraq).  Spartan Race has a new program I want to tell you guys about… Spartan Training with the Troops (STWTT), the coolest way for you to participate in some truly rad training while also being actively involved in the recovery of America’s wounded warriors! Pro vs. GI Joe and Spartan Race joined forces, meshing our two worlds to create a “crew” that consists of Spartan Racers and wounded warriors from Pro vs. GI Joe’s “Rehabbing with the Troops (RWTT)” program.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Chick Bad..

by Carrie Adams
There is no doubt that the women of Sparta are special.  This video I put together (with some of the amazing pictures from our photographers at Nuvison Action Image) shows how rad our women are.  If you haven't signed up for a race, make today that day.  Remember, you have an army of rad chicks that have your back and won't let you down.  
This is dedicated to all our Spartan Chicks and Sparkles…
Spartan’s chicks… the baddest, toughest, coolest chicks on the planet…

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Spartan Chicked: The Lingo

by Carrie Adams
ottawa-63Spartan Chicks sometimes use their own language.  Here’s a few key terms you’ll see thrown around.  (You’ll see rocks and sandbags thrown around too.)
Spartan Chicked: Chicked is an endurance racing term where a male racer is passed by a female racer on the course.
Spartan Chick: Has run a Spartan Race and earned her mud.
Sparkle: A new Spartan Chick who hasn’t raced yet.  We love sparkles!