Friday, April 7, 2017

Your Inner Spartan

The weather was perfect. The sun was shining but not blazing. The temperature was just right. No rain in sight. It turned out to be much better than we expected for a weekend in December.

This was our first Spartan experience so we were hoping for just the right conditions. The Spartan Sprint was set for 3-5 miles with 21 obstacles. The running part would be the easy part. It was the obstacle requirement that bred anxiety.

Against my better judgment, no strength training occurred before this off course race (OCR). I heard the volunteers say that 30 burpees was the penalty for failing an obstacle. I quickly learned that 30 is can hurt and slow you down. I made it through 17 obstacles and vowed that I would be more successful on my next go 'round.

Well....

The next go 'round came upon me.

This time, with training!

Here are a few things my training taught me:
  1. Endurance is not just a term used for running. It's about more than running laps around  track or running down the road. It's a physical manifestation of mental toughness. It's about enduring in tough situations. It's about persevering at times of loneliness. It's about pushing through trying time. All in all, I've learned that endurance is mental stamina!                                                                                                                                                
  2. The journey is better with partners. Introverted individuals enjoy spending time alone. They are energized from times of introspection. There are, however, times when an introverted person will need to step out of their comfort zone and embrace the company of others. Taking a journey with others is fun. It's motivates us to be better and lifts us up when we're weak.                                                                                                                                                 
  3. Physical activity can be good for the soul. Sometimes, feeling yourself move beyond your normal limits allows you to smile in the moment. Finding opportunities to smile and laugh during physical activity releases endorphins into you brain. Those endorphins help you to push pass pain and keep a positive perspective. 
So...perhaps you should consider a Spartan race or some other road race. The journey is more than physical. The end result is unimaginable. A sense of accomplishment. An increase in confidence. A start of a new beginning. AROO!!!

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