Well what can I say... not sure where to start. I've been wanting to write a post since my Seattle Spartan Beast but every time I go to write something I don't know what to write. I guess I am still in shock with my performance and like most races I have looked back and thought I could have pushed even harder in spots. But I was listening to my body and my body was starting to hurt in places. I wanted to be able to finish and keep the pain from getting worse. I also realized I am so mentally tough... stronger then I thought and I thought I was strong... times where I was feeling like I wanted to slow down but then found more motivation to push thru and pick up my pace. I mean I got from the start to the first bucket carry in 47min... crazy and I thought my Garmin was lying to me the whole race. I kept thinking I am not really moving that fast... nope it's slow and having issues with the GPS... it doesn't know what it's doing. lol I should also mention this was my first race running solo too. I was so nervous the night before. The girls I was staying with thought I could do it in 6hrs and I thought that was probably doable. Least I was was going to try to do it around 6hrs. It didn't have the elevation as Montana and Sun Peaks and I did those around 8.5hrs and faster then the year before. But I was so blown away and ended up finishing in 5:05:12.... I know right an hour faster then I was hoping to complete it. I also got to see what I was really made of. I LOVED LOVED LOVED that course, location and the obstacles. It is a me race and location. My asthma was so much better, my lungs were strong and my body was strong too. Morning of the race I was calm and relaxed and was ready to tackle this. I ended up finishing with two guys from down there and we had some great laughs along the way. I nailed most of the obstacles except the usual rope climb, multi rig, monkey bars and the new one but that one I got halfway across. Yes I nailed the Spear throw and the Z wall too. So guess what.... my upper body is going to be tackled and will be getting stronger now.... enough is enough and time to stick to a workout plan targeting that, my core and overall strength. Seattle beast was a runners course with wicked technical terrain that I absolutely love... like I said it's made for me. I love flying over logs and trees... there was enough water at the right spots to keep my body cooled down and my body working great. The slippery muddy trails in a couple spots were interesting but always fun. It's gotten me so excited that in 2017 I want to do way more trail runs and work on getting faster in the uphill parts and I know I love running downhill. Yes I am one of those crazy fools that love downhill running... I don't get why my body likes it so much but it does... it rebels at the uphills so that is what I am working on next.
This past weekend ran with friends at the Dash of Doom 5km race in Calgary. Three of us and the dog dressed up as ninja turtles. Was another fun one that was nice to take it easy after a awesome CrossFit workout and the Beast in Seattle. Let's just say my legs were shot but it helped loosen me up a bit. That night though I couldn't walk very well but the next day it got easier and easier. As Lisa would say "active recovery" and "roller"! Lol Oh and CrossFit was my first experience with it... I LOVED it... not having a mostly leg workout 4 days after a 12ish mile Spartan Beast but I still loved it and pushed thru it the best I could. I couldn't let my son's U16 soccer team see me fail. lol
I am very pleased with how things have been going and I know what I need to really work on for next season. I can't wait!! Bring it on!!
Find your passion and just go for it... No Excuses!! Where there is a will there is ALWAYS a way!!
Until next time...
I am a single mom with one son that has been living with asthma since I was 2yrs old. I also almost died three times due to severe asthma attacks! I don't let my asthma stop me from accomplishing new goals and living life to the fullest.
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