by Zach Elbaum, guest blogger age 14

I’m a Warrior

Being muddy. It might sound horrible but when you prepare your mind for it and you see others dealing with the same thing, it isn’t so bad. Before I did my Reebok Spartan Race the one thing I REALLY wasn’t looking forward to was getting muddy.  After the first 15 minutes or so you get used to it and take on an, “I’m a warrior and little bit of mud isn’t going to stop me” mentality. Now, if I slip and fall into the mud or get forced to go through it I know it won’t be so bad. 
IT’S EASIER TO DO SCARY THINGS IN A GROUP

Another thing I learned during the Spartan Race was that doing scary things with a group is much easier. For example, when we came to the monkey bars I was  scared that I would fall. However, since I had a small group who was supporting me and also doing it, I gave it a try and I actually got across. If I had tried this one on my own, I probably would have just said, “forget it- I’ll do the burpees instead.” I’ll take that lesson with me.  

DO NOT LET YOUR MIND LIMIT WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF DOING

The last and final thing I learned during the Spartan Race was don’t let your mind limit what you can do. Going into the race, I was nervous about what I would have to do and how difficult it would be when it was time to face the challenge. This didn’t help me, in fact, it slowed me down. After the first few obstacles, I realized that if I just forged ahead without my mind stopping me, I could do it.  And the rest of the race was much less stressful.  I faced a lot of my fears in this race, and I’ll never forget the lessons that I learned.

Do you have a Spartan story to tell?  Email carrie@spartanrace.com with your story of what you learned taking on a Spartan Race!

 

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