Competing in OCR has become a non-stop journey for Rachel Munoz – the Red Lip Spartan. Starting with just a couple small mud runs, she soon threw herself wholeheartedly into the challenging and empowering world of OCR. Earning multiple Spartan Trifectas and currently competing as a top Spartan Age Group racer, Rachel isn’t ready to stop any time soon.
Getting My Feet Wet…And Dirty
I began my OCR journey by getting my feet wet in 2014 with two hot and dirty mud runs. In 2015, I was challenged with my first Spartan race – It was a Beast… literally. Vail Lake was the venue and it was as challenging as its name.
I wish I could say I was prepared and killed it but I would be lying. I lacked the upper body strength and endurance that would have made it a little easier to finish with a decent time. However, I had so much fun that I couldn’t wait to do it again.
I took my bruised and beat up butt home and signed up for a Spartan Super and Sprint as soon as possible. It was four months out so I began working on my weaknesses and became stronger and pushed harder.
Not Done Yet…
Sharing the passion for racing with my daughter and friends, and being her positive role model is one of the my greatest accomplishments. That and challenging myself and pushing myself more than I ever thought I could. Not Done Yet is my motto, and in 2016 I finished six races. I took it to another level in 2017, completing 15 races and three trifectas – one of the trifectas being the Hawaii trifecta weekend.
At the Spartan world championships in 2017, I ran the Beast course on both Saturday and Sunday. Those courses were brutal (seventeen miles and thirty eight obstacles!). I got my trifecta x2 and x3 that weekend but the amazing accomplishment of finishing both days was knowing that I pushed my body to the limit…34 miles and 76 obstacles. This gave me amazing gratification and true appreciation for my body and all that it can handle and endure. It shows how far I have come and grown mentally and physically since 2014.
What You Get, A Priceless Experience
Passion, peace of mind, gratification, happiness, and camaraderie is what you see and experience with OCR. Going out on that course leads you away from the worries of the world, the stresses of day to day life and gets you smelling the dirt and playing in the mud! OCR allows you to face challenges and forces you to put you heart and soul into it.
What’s more, OCR is a way to give it “your all”, focusing on nothing but that moment, living in it, relishing in it, and appreciating every aspect of it. Crossing the finish line and seeing all the smiles and joy around you of others that just experienced the same journey…It makes it so worth it.
Racing is a priceless experience and one that is earned and not just given. I’ve worked hard to achieve my standing in the Spartan world. Racing is something that ignites my soul and inspires me to push, train and overcome. Never would I have ever thought I would be a part of such and amazing community. The people I have met in the Spartan world are truly amazing individuals who I have had the honor of competing against.
What’s Next For The Red Lip Spartan
I will continue to compete as the Red Lip Spartan and will strive to keep pushing myself and others. A primary goal is to to earn my way into the Age Group Spartan World Championships in Lake Tahoe.
Specifically, I plan to go out, conquer every course I am on and nail that spear throw (because I am done doing burpees!!). I also plan to earn my Trifecta X5…and in the process help my daughter achieve all of her Spartan goals this year as well. Last, but definitely not least, I plan next year to run in the Spartan Elite category.
I’d like to give a special thank you to my friends at Vision Engineering for believing in me and helping me pursue my passion.
Images courtesy: Rachel Munoz. For more, connect at @redlipspartan