"Seeing" things a little differently
As I opened my eyes on the morning of the “battle” I felt a tinge of intimidation or second thoughts. I am after all a fifty one year old grandmother who is not in top physical shape. I consider myself average for my age and I have only been training for this obstacle course for two months. This will be my first experience with any type off athletic competition. My goal was to finish with pride, not to beat any timeframe.
I ate a bagel and a banana about an hour before we started. As we watched other participants come across the finish line covered in mud and looking pretty exhausted I wondered if I could do this. As our 10:00am start time approached we were branded with our wristbands, time chips around our ankles and numbers written on our arms. It was an atmosphere filled with camaraderie and anticipation.
Close to two hundred runners were corralled into a gated area as the minutes counted down to race time. As we mingled and talked to others in our horde I met a few other first timers, I was beginning to get some of my confidence back. We took the barbarian oath and listened to some final instructions before heading out into the 4.3 mile course through the hills of Gadsden Alabama.
Our first challenge was crawling over stacked junk cars, this was a piece of cake, by now my adrenalin was kicking in, until one of the other runners I had spoken with earlier had landed wrong jumping off a car (I heard the bone crack) and several of us called the medics over to help her.
We soon ran up to our next challenge which was a huge mud hole with wires hanging down. These wires would shock you if you touched them. I reluctantly got on my stomach and started moving under the wires, before long I felt one hit me with a force hard enough to knock me further into the mud. I could hear others yelling each time they got zapped, this was insane! Shanna and I both were shocked twice and when we crawled out of the mud pit we just looked at each other
Running through rivers, climbing 80 degree incline hills and overcoming the 15ft wall was a bit challenging and I had to stop a few times to catch my breath but I can honestly say I did it without cutting any corners. It was hot and it took us two hours and seventeen minutes but we did it!
The day after my body is sore and I’m tired. What is the next challenge? Only time will tell… Fear is not an option!