Spartan Race

Isn't it amazing that you never realize how bad you want something until it's taken away from you?

If you've read any of my blogs in the past, then you know about my story and the journey I've been on the last few years with my health and fitness. If you haven't, here's the Cliff Notes version: I've always been active and involved in sports (yes, swimming and running are sports) and never struggled with my weight until…having children. After an emergency C-section, a sick baby, and just not having time for me, I found myself the heaviest and most deconditioned I've ever been. This was the same time that we started the training program at the gyms. I got great results!! I fit back in my "skinny jeans" from college! And then got pregnant again! Fast forward through torn ligaments, another C-section, juggling an infant, toddler, and full time job, and I was once again in the same predicament. However, this time, I knew what I needed to do. But my body did not handle the second pregnancy and the wear and tear I had put it through very well. I had a ruptured disc, herniated disc, and bulging disc in my low back and neck as well as arthritis in my knees and hips. I went through a year of doctors, chiropractors, and therapy. For most of that time, I couldn't put my baby in his crib or even put dishes in the dishwasher. I have to give credit to my trainer and husband, Ty Barrett; he helped me so much with the slow process of rehabilitation and getting back to just being able to function. He also became a bit of a back expert in the process!

So now we're in current time…or really about 8 months ago. I am feeling the best I've felt in 6 years and able to things that I have never been able to do before like jumping on the tallest box (I've never been a jumper hence why I failed at basketball despite being really tall). So I decided I wanted to do a Spartan Race. For those of you who don't know, it's a Mud/Obstacle course race with a 30 Burpee penalty for every failed obstacle. Honestly, I was slightly terrified that I would get hurt and end up back where I used to be—not a good thing. But I also wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. Plus, I'm really competitive, and last year, my husband told he didn't think I could do one—again, not a good thing. ;) Since then, I have been training my butt off to get ready. I can now do a pull up! I can do lots of Burpees (with pushups) and I can run again. Woo Hoo! I'm the strongest & leanest I've ever been.

Now it's 5 weeks until this 8 mile torture race J and I can't wait! This past Saturday, I went for a run (sprint intervals) and felt great. I got home and felt sorry for the dog so took her out for a walk to the end of the street and back (1/2 mile total). When I got to the end of the street, my foot started hurting and I had to limp home. Now, I sit at my desk with a boot on my foot and crutches waiting for the X-ray results that will probably tell me I have a stress fracture. A minor injury that will take 4-6 weeks to heal. There's a very real possibility that I won't be able to run the race even after training for months.

Why am I telling you this story?

  1. I'm finally starting to learn that sometimes it's more about the journey than just the destination. There may be turns in the path that you didn't anticipate but you can still learn from them and just maybe it's so you can help those who come behind you.
  2. Take things one day at a time. Whether your goal is to lose 100 pounds, run a marathon, or just live pain free, it can seem unreachable when you look at the big picture. No matter how impossible it seems, take one step forward every day. You'll get there.
  3. Keep in my mind where you are going. If you forget your goal, it's easy to get bogged down in the "stuff" and wander off the path that will get you where you want to go. Or worse, it will make you stop completely. If you get knocked down, don't stay down. Get back up and keep going. (See #2-Keep moving) Stay focused on why you started.
  4. The journey and the end goal are fluid. They can change as you grow and change…and that's OK.

To finish my story, I still don't know if I'll be able to run the Spartan Race in May but I will run one as soon as I can. I love to compete and challenge myself. As crazy as it sounds, I can't wait to climb walls & ropes, crawl in the mud, throw spears, and jump over fire because getting the medal at the finish line will feel so good especially knowing how far I've come to get it. I want to say "I did it!" not "I wish I had." I hope that you never give up on your dreams but give it all that you have to reach them. Experience what it means to make NO EXCUSES and have NO REGRETS.

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