The Warrior Dash: Why I'm OK With 'Just Wingin' It'
Are you running the Warrior Dash this weekend?
As you get older, you start to realize that being competative becomes more about proving things to yourself rather than being first or the best.
The Warrior Dash is one of those competitions, like many races these days, that are following the trend of intense races, where the real victory comes from just finishing. Filled with obstacles such a jumping over fire or climbing cargo net walls, the weekend event will take place this Saturday and Sunday in Mt. Morris.
Last year was my first year running in the competition-- completely by accident. My husband had actually signed up to run the race and up until 45 minutes before the event, he was going to do it. Until he decided that running with a torn hamstring wouldn't be the best idea. Which is why I was called in as a backup.
Twelve months ago I was in shape, running almost every day and working out religiously. Although I had no idea of the obstacles in front of me, I was confident I could do it.
This year, however, is a different story. Having signed up for the race months ago, I didn't take into account the fact that a year is a long time full of bottles of wine, Friday night pizzas and sleeping in on Sundays rather than running trails.
It was only a few weeks ago that I thought to look at the calendar and was shocked to see I had less than three weeks to get in shape. Oy.
Since I now know what awaits me, I have no shame admitting to the fact that I am dreading it.
I am very familier with who I am, and I can guarantee that there will be some mental as well as some very loud vocal cursing, as I run or limp from obstacle to obstacle. Thoughts of why in the world I would pay to be sloshing through waist deep mud instead of drinking wine on a patio will undoubtedly consume my thoughts.
But in the end, I know the anticipated feelings of accomplishment and pride will make me crawl through every hole and climb every wall. Because in the end, it isn't about finishing first, but just crossing the finish line.
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