Journey Toward The Spartan Race

1st 5k Have you ever watched someone do something and think, “I could never do that?”

After this picture was taken I heard that exact saying from so many people.  It wasn’t that they didn’t want to, they believed they couldn’t.  Well, months before this picture was taken I spoke those very words.  As you can tell, I am not an ideal weight for a runner/jogger, that’s me in the yellow.

My husband had decided months before that he wanted to try jogging to lower his weight and after watching him doing so well at it, I decided I would give it a try.  My first attempt I lasted literally 10 seconds down the track.  I kept at it though.  After several months I could jog for 5 minutes at a time.  I’m not very fast but I can do it.

That picture above is of me at my first 5K.  My time was not impressive but the feeling of finishing was unbelievable.  The people running around me were not people who were participating in the race.  They were people from the finish line who ran out to me to encourage me the last stretch of the way.  I found out later I knew only one of them.  It was an amazing show of humanity.

First Obstacle RaceI enjoyed the feeling of accomplishment so much that I went on to run (jog/walk) several other 5K’s including this one to the right.  This is me with my husband and one of my best friends at the finish line of the Rebel Race.  It took great mental strength to finish this one with all the obstacles there were, but what a great time.

spartan hillThis year I will be participating in the Spartan Race.  My reason?  Because I watched my husband, his sister and her husband as well as my husband’s co-workers complete it and I said then I could never do it.  I want to be wrong again.  There will be high walls to conquer, crawling under barbed wire in the mud, and so many other physically trying feats that must be conquered.  The one I am most concerned about is this hill.  We have to run up the hill to start then later, we have to come down the hill and go back up with a 30 pound sack then bring it back down and climb back up to finish more obstacles.  If you cannot complete an obstacle you must do a certain number of burpies (lay on your stomach, do a push up, then bring your feet under you and jump up with your hands above your head – not my favorite – but they will be done.)

I’m nowhere near ready and I know it but I will continue to go to kickboxing twice a week and work out on the side to prepare.  I will start it and I will finish it.  The journey in between is the stuff that life is made of.  There may be tears and there will definitely be fears but as I cross the finish line, I will have done something amazing for myself.  I will once again have proved to myself that whatever I set my mind to, I can accomplish as long as I work hard and believe in myself and never give up.

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6 thoughts on “Journey Toward The Spartan Race

  1. Congratulations MIssy – this is amazing! It sounds like you’re learning to love the feel of challenging yourself, and succeeding. Good for you – I’m very impressed by your sense of adventure and willingness to try new things 🙂

    Stay true to you,
    Laurie

  2. I know you can do it!! And then you can cross that off the list that’s not your bucket list 🙂 I ran it last year only because Michael asked me to. You have no idea how much I wanted to say no. But when my baby brother asks me just about anything…I’m there! Now I have done two obstacle mud races and neither were even close to rating on my bucket list 😉

    1. This was such a spur of the moment decision back about 2 months ago and I have not really done much besides kickboxing and a couple work outs outside of that to prep. I’ll finish but I don’t plan on finishing strong. Thank goodness Bec lives down the street and has agreed to let us shower again. YIKES!

      They were definitely not on my bucket list but I have to say, it was MY decision. Mike wasn’t even bugging me about it. My fiend Krysten who is in the picture with us, will be joining us, Anthony too. 🙂

      Missy

  3. What a fantastic story! We can all relate to the self talk that we can’t do this, we can’t do that. Good for you for changing your mind set and accomplishing what you set out to do. You’re pushing yourself and that’s wonderful. You will find that every race will get easier and more fun. Keep up the positive attitude. You CAN do anything you set your mind to! Congratulations. You are going to rock at the Spartan Race! 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Caroline for the kind words. It will certainly expand my comfort zone quite a bit! I just hope it’s not another 90 degree day. That would make me a little sad.

      Missy

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