I briefly mentioned a couple months ago that my Husband & I were running in the Spartan Race (actually all 4 of us ran it with our Gym Team). What is the Spartan Race? Our particular race was a 4-mile, 25 obstacle Military Race that was held at Fort Carson Army Base in Colorado Springs. There was running, climbing, pulling, dragging, flipping, swimming (sort of), and MUD....lots of MUD!
Toughest. Thing. I've. Ever. Done...both physically & mentally!! I'm not even sure where to begin with how I feel really. I'm so incredibly happy that I did it rather than just "wondering" how I would do. I felt some obstacles were "too easy" (silly thing to say, I know) & others that I wished I had done better with. Lots of highs & lows for me in particular.
My Husband, on the other hand, completely rocked it!! I am so proud of him! He has a determination like no other when he sets his mind to something, & I envy that! He LOVED the race & will be signing up again next year as soon as he can.
Both the Girls did the Kids Race too. Once again, I'm incredibly proud of them for participating! Although I will say the kiddos course could have been a little more difficult - they breezed through it (which is good). More than their performance however, I'm more proud of my Youngest for having the absolute determination to participate in the race (on her 9th Birthday I might add). She decided last year that she was going to & there was NO talking her out of it. For my Oldest, I'm proud of her for facing her fears. She was the opposite of her Sister...she didn't want to participate, which was completely fine by us. As the race got closer she started contemplating it more & more, & by race day decided she wanted to try it. The only part they didn't like - rinsing off after the race! Yep, you have to hose down with freezing cold hose water....
Bottom line - would I do it again? If you had asked me during the race, or even just after the race, I wouldn't know how to answer. Now, after taking some time to reflect on it...Yep, I'm in!! It was HARD, it was COLD, we were COVERED in mud, I had CUTS & SCRAPES, I had BRUISES, my skin is STILL not normal, my hair has never felt more GROSS...but I lived!! I have things I want to improve on! It gives me a goal to work toward! The "race" atmosphere is exhilarating! Being a part of a Team is like no other! It's mind over matter & it's a way to challenge yourself!!
I would really encourage everyone to think about participating in a race at least once. Maybe its a 5K walk, maybe a half-marathon, or Triathlon, or an Obstacle Race like this one. It may be a game changer for you...push you to limits you never knew you could reach! It's good for the soul! You may be awakened in a way you haven't been in a while.
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