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Like a lot of Americans. . .I found myself in my late 30's, sitting around most of the day at a desk job, getting winded every time I tried to do something crazy like walk up a flight of stairs.  After a medical scare that involved a nurse taking my vitals and looking at me like she was seeing a ghost (she actually told me I needed to see a Doctor right away because my Cholesterol was 'really bad'), getting an upper and lower GI (camera's in uncomfortable places), and going to the ER in the middle of the night because I thought I was having a heart attack (turns out I was NOT). . .I figured it MIGHT be time to do something about my health if I wanted to stick around for a while. . .which I did!

I'm a typical American Male. . .Married, Kids (3 boys), and a full time job. . .I used to be fairly athletic in my teens and twenties, but once I got into my 30's and the 3rd child came along, I fell into the trap of working long hours at a job that involves sitting all the time in front of a monitor. . .only to go home and SIT IN FRONT OF A MONITOR (TV).


Obviously, changes had to be made. . .but it took me getting disgusted with myself in order to get motivated enough to do anything about it!


My wife had been running in the Santa Clarita 5K each year and I'd been cheering her on. . .so in 2013, I decided. . .why not join her?  How hard could it be?  Right?  I decided to do a little training by running a loop around my house that was about 3.8 miles. . .well, RUN might be a generous term for what I was doing. . .it was more like TRY to run for a few steps, then slow to a walk for a bit, then try again to pick up the pace for a few steps only to start walking again soon afterward.  I found out really quickly that I was the slowest person in my family when the entire group decided to run in the 5K that year.  Well, I decided that I was going to do that 5K each year as something to motivate me to run.  And honestly, those first few years my training was VERY sporadic. . .I'd get discouraged by my lack of progress that I'd stop running for a while. . .then I'd try again only to be upset with how out of shape I was and stop again. . .it was a vicious 'shame spiral'. . .it took me finally getting fed up enough with myself to do something drastic. . .commit to something that I really didn't know if I could do. . .in 2016 I signed up for my first Spartan Sprint at Castaic Lake, CA!


I had watched American Ninja Warrior on TV religiously and had always thought I'd love to be able to try something like that. . .then, when I became aware of Spartan Races I was in awe of what these people were doing. . .but of course I never thought I'd be able to do that and more importantly, I'd probably embarrass myself right before I got pulled from the course in shame!  But something magical happened when I signed up for the Sprint. . .I got scared enough to DO SOMETHING!  I signed up around February for a race that was in December. . .and I learned that NOTHING motivates like FEAR!  :)  Although signing up for something might not TECHNICALLY be the most difficult part of the event, it sure seems to be the LARGEST hurdle to overcome. . .because once you sign up, your countdown timer begins in your head to get to work, because that start line is coming!


I got a quick lesson on climbing a rope, imagined myself climbing over walls, ran lots of miles, and did the most important step in Spartan Training. . .I showed up for the event.  Not only did I survive that first experience, but I loved it so much I signed up for a Super the following January.  I went on to complete 5 Spartan Events in 2017 including the infamous Beast in Big Bear to complete my 1st TriFecta (a Spartan TriFecta is when you complete all 3 main course lengths in 1 calendar year. . .Sprint (3-5 miles), Super (8-10 miles), and Beast (12-14 miles)).

I just completed my 2nd Trifecta by re-visiting the Beast in Big Bear for Round 2!  It kicked my butt. . .however I felt better afterward than last year and completed it a little faster even though it was a more difficult course!


I know this has been a long post, but my point is that if you feel you are trapped in a rut where you WISH you could do something more active but you just don't think it's possible. . .try something drastic. . .sign up for an event and SHOW UP for it.  You'll be amazed at how much you really can do, if you just allow yourself the opportunity to do it.


This Blog will be my attempt to encourage other 'Average Runners' out there to keep at it by sharing my success and failures in training and running different events.  I primarily do Spartan Races, but I also do the occasional Half Marathon.  I'm hoping to do my 1st ever Full Marathon in 2019, so we'll see how THAT goes!


Until next time, if nothing else. . .make it your goal to sign up for an event, and do the hard part. . .SHOW UP!


Average_Jbob

Average_Jbob May 25 '18 · Tags: average, running, spartan
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