I hadn’t worked out in 20 years.  This spring, I decided I was tired of it all!  So, I begged a friend to let me lift weights and workout with him.  Between our schedules, we were sporadically working out once a week or so.  When I started, I couldn’t lift the bench press bar alone off the rack.  I couldn’t run one town block.

This sporadic workout regime kept me going through the summer, and even though I didn’t do enough I did see some small results.

I planned to do a few Warrior Dashes, and those dates passed me by, obligations got in the way.  Then along came Month of Denise (what I call the celebration of my birthday month). It’s the month when I focus on doing things FOR ME, and focus on what makes me happy each day.  Kind of finding the good in each day…  Anyway, I decided that this should be the month that I do my warrior dash!  Then I looked again and realized it was 4 and a half hours away. A friend told me about the Midwest Spartan Sprint, and said, “It’s just like the warrior dash, only it’s an hour away, same day!”  We signed up about 10 days before the race, maybe 12.

SO, I signed up, and coaxed my friend into doing it with me by telling her it’s just like a warrior dash!!  Oops, was I wrong.  I did a little more research, and wondered what in the world I’d gotten myself into!  I still wasn’t working out more than once a week; I was hardly running, and I sure couldn’t climb a rope or do a burpee!  But we signed up, we showed up, and we did not give up!  The more I looked at Spartan Race, the more I realized I’d stumbled upon an awesome group: people who weren’t in this for the business, but were in it to improve people’s lives!

I still don’t run much; I do workout more, but I am a Spartan! I am strong.  I will never quit. I will always continue to try to make myself a better person.

My knees no longer ache.  I don’t get winded playing with my kid, and I can wave to someone without the back of my arm waving back.  Small steps perhaps, but definitely steps in the right direction.

~ Denise Hall

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    That is AWESOME!!! I am doing Super Spartan in Miamu in Feb. I know I have a lot of work ahead of me but I WILL NEVER GIVE UP!!!
    Congrats

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