by Carrie Adams
We’ve continued to receive inspired stories from our female athletes. Here is the story of another… Beth Chapin Doblado. Her story is one that will resonate with many who are venturing out, starting over, and finding hope in and community in Spartan Races.
I am running my first Spartan Race in So Cal 11 days from today. I will be celebrating my 46th birthday and Super Spartan will be a benchmark in my life. In 2010 I left my home and separated from my husband after two decades together. I walked away from the life I had built and at age 44 found myself starting all over again. I felt very alone, my world turned upside down and my heart wrung inside out.
With the support of my girlfriends, I made it through. To build my confidence I challenged myself with new experiences and took risks, stepping outside my comfort zone. I had to prove to myself I was strong. I began to run, hit the gym, and sweat. The fitness part of my life became my daily therapy, a way of life. I found strength inside me I never knew I had. I dug deep daily, muscles burning, limbs shaking, and I felt alive.
Once I felt fit, I put myself to the test. I ran my first 5k and finished in the top 20. I am not a runner, or at least I didn’t think I was a runner. But there I was running, and feeling strong. And now I have signed up for Spartan So Cal. And that is a story in itself.
I announced on my Facebook wall that I wanted to run Super Spartan So Cal (my mother thought I was insane) and I invited all my friends to join my team. Before I knew it I had two friends from High School traveling to So Cal to join me. Then we grew to four, and today we are a team of eight women sharing our training and preparing to race together. I am so excited I could scream, but I will save that for race day.
Two years ago I was wrecked and scared. Today I am standing tall, fit, strong, and ready to be Spartan Chicked.
Bring it on.