A Life Changing Experience


So you wonder if you’re good enough for Obstacle Course Racing? Is the fear of the unknown preventing you from taking that crucial step and registering?

I mentioned in my Haspin Acres write up that I brought a buddy along, he just informed me that he wrote a little on his own after his finish. If his words get just one person to sign up and make that commitment, they’re worth spreading. Remember, this is a man who has never been a runner, even when race-day rolled around, had never seen a sub 10-minute mile.

His words:

People often underestimate the potential of the human body.  They doubt their capabilities, they settle for “just good enough,” and they believe that anything outside their daily routine is “too hard.” The Spartan Race is here to prove to everybody that what we see as unrealistic is not so far out of reach. In fact, it is able to be taken with such a fire and passion that you will destroy your body again just to get that same feeling.

You don’t have to be a marathon runner. You don’t have to be a body builder. You don’t even have to have any obstacle experience. All you have to do is tell yourself that you will try.  No matter how unfit or weak you think you are, there is somebody out there who once thought that they had less of a chance of obtaining this goal than you.  The difference? They lined up amongst hundreds of other people and didn’t quit until they crossed the finish line.  It wasn’t easy, and it won’t be easy for you. The routine, day after day photocopy lifestyle that we lead is easy.  If it wasn’t then we wouldn’t have a hunger for something bigger. This may be the hardest thing you have ever attempted. But there is an end. Whether you run, walk, jog, limp, hobble, or fall over the finish line, you can finish.  There’s no time limit and no pressure. There’s only you and your willingness to push forward.

Once you have reached this goal, you will feel happiness like never before.  You’ll laugh at all the times you wanted to give up, and you’ll finally know what it’s like to achieve the unachievable.  The crowd all around you will congratulate you. You’ll get a medal that forever immortalizes your triumph. Your friends and family will be proud of you, and you will feel complete.  You’ll be content knowing that you just completed the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do. And then as you’re lying in bed, satisfied with everything in your life, a little voice tiptoes into your head and whispers “Think you can go longer?”

I am proud to say that he is now registered to go with me to the Midwest Super Spartan in July and has aspirations of completing the trifecta with me as well.