My First Urbanathlon

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Last Sunday, KW and I ran the Men’s Health Urbanathlon in SF. There were two courses and we opted for the Classic Course (despite neglecting to train – ouch!) which is 11 miles of hill work and obstacles. By mile 3 I was definitely wishing I had put in more miles beforehand, but I was at the bottom of a large switchback hill, so I put my game face on and reminded myself that I love a good challenge.

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At the start line wearing our Team Polo Red sunnies.

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We started at AT&T Park and ran toward North Beach.

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At the bottom of the first strong set of hills. Once you get to the top, you realize you have to climb a few more. This was definitely one of the toughest parts of the course.

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The gorgeous view from the top of the first set of hills.

walk the line

At mile 4.5 there was the “Walk the Line’ obstacle which was really just a balance beam in a funky shape. I presumed the few gymnastics classes I took as a child would be for naught, but they totally paid off! This obstacle was a great warm up for what was to come.

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Mile 6: The Oakley ‘Over, Under, Through’ – I was grateful I was still wearing my gloves as the ground was muddy from the rain we had the morning prior and you get down and dirty for this one.

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Mile 8: The VW Crawl. Those plank holds were coming in real handy here. As my Lululemon pants rubbed against the asphalt, I couldn’t help but wonder if they would hold up to the friction. Luckily, they did! Not a snag in sight.

running stairsSpeed test: climbing the stairs of AT&T Park in one of the last obstacles. This one was by far the hardest for me – running up the ramps to even get to the stairs killed my legs!

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Climbing over taxis and scaling a wall followed by a school bus were the final two obstacles which were both pretty fun. I mean, how often does one stand on top of a motor vehicle in real life? This course was a great way to breakaway from the monotony of my regular workouts.

By the time it was over, I was on cloud nine. As much as I tolerate like running, the best feeling is reaching a goal and having that sense of accomplishment. I also liked having mimosas and huevos rancheros afterwards without a tinge of guilt! Hashtag, runner’s high.

Top Female Men's Health Urbanathlon Times

Time to celebrate! These results set my baseline for urbanathlon courses since I have nothing to compare them too. May I do better (and feel better) on the next one. Editor’s note: I am not actually from NYC. That is a mistake!

Thank you to Ralph Lauren Fragrances for having Kaare and I on Team Polo Red! 

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  • Anita

    15th!? That’s awesome! I love that they incorporated obstacles into the race — it looks so fun. 🙂

    Always, Anita

    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank you, Anita – it was a blast!

  • Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.

    BA, you’re a total BA 🙂 Looks like a super fun race!!

    • Bethann Wagner

      Thank you, Whitney! It was def the most fun course I’ve done in awhile! Totally recommend these!

  • Elana

    You look so cute in the first pic, that face is very you 🙂

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