Test your limits

I did it. I’ve finally lost it. This past weekend I ran a race–ran is somewhat euphemistic here–and it was, as billed by the event organizers, the “craziest frickin’ day” of my life. Now, I’ve done a lot of races, but they’ve all been road races; this was a three-mile obstacle course. In my blissful ignorance, I tried to strategize. Since the course is only three miles, should I sprint between obstacles? Or should I take the steady approach? The joke was on me.

All thoughts of strategy and running for speed evaporated about twenty seconds after the start of the Warrior Dash. I have never done anything so intensely physically challenging in my life. It was crazy. Water, mud, dirt, ropes, steep grades, mud, fire, ruts, walls, mud, tires, planks, mud…even the most physically fit warriors (and that day, we were all warriors) were forced to walk parts of the course. Nothing else was possible.

Why did I choose to do this race? The main reason is that when I first read about it, it seemed so completely unlike me, and no one would really believe I did it. It looked hard, but kind of goofy. It looked like nothing I would ever do–which is exactly why I signed up. I wanted to test my limits, to know my capabilities. And honestly, part of me wanted to shock people. I’m pretty sure I accomplished all that, having shocked myself more than anyone. I’m shocked that it was so hard. I’m shocked that I stuck with it. I’m shocked that I swam through the mud pit and didn’t even care.

Two days later, I still hurt. Everywhere. I can barely turn up the radio in my car. Lifting my coffee cup is a Herculean feat. But I did it, and I’m proud. I love the remaining physical vestiges of the craziest frickin’ day of my life. The soreness reminds me that I tested my limits and broke through them. It makes me wonder what I can accomplish if I apply the same take-no-prisoners attitude to my career, my household, my everyday life. Would I do it again? Heck, yeah. I’m a warrior now.

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10 thoughts on “Test your limits

  1. Pat Holt says:

    Tammy
    As your Mom I am shocked and amazed at what you will do. I always knew you had will power but this wasn’t quite your style. Hope you had great fun as well and as only a Mother can say “don’t forget to scrub your elbows.” ; )

  2. Mike says:

    Tammy,
    I am so very proud of you! That was a huge accomplishment, especially for yourself! I went through much the same in basic training and what is does for self esteem is enormrous. I came out of military basic training feeling 10 feet tall and bullet proof. What I found out on the backside was don’t get to bold because you’re all that. I’ve known you for to many years to not know how well grounded you are but someting in me said I had to say these things again, I am so very proud of you and what you’ve accomplishe, you GO girl!.

  3. Tammy, your determination to grow, be, live, stretch is inspriational, motivational. You’re giving the ‘Just Do It! folks (and their former spokesman!) a run for their money. Please though – no ‘reality’ shows! 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Sheila McC

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