February 9, 2013

Marissa (Mari) Romero, 42, is from The Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, AZ. She is a self-employed assisting senior loan officer and is the mother of a son and daughter. Mari was convinced by her out of state cousin, Sandra Hansen, to participate in the Reebok Spartan Sprint. Mari started training by taking Pilates classes and working out. She then hurt her back and had to scale back to next to nothing on exercise. Mari’s goal was to see just how far she could go with the little physical preparation she had.

At the start line, Mari was excited and ready to run. She felt the energy of the venue, she was confident in her own mental toughness although she knew the physical challenge would be difficult. A little shy of mile one, Mari twisted her left ankle, it made two loud cracking sounds which stopped Mari in her tracks. What she thought was a sprained ankle turned out to be a broken ankle she would find out later. Mari didn’t want to hold Sandra’s race up, so sent her cousin off on her own, assuring Sandra that she’d be alright. And alright, Mari was. She trudged on through the desert, obstacle through obstacle she plunged doing a few sets of burpees. Mari would not give up; she fought right to the end.

With her injury, Mari said that every obstacle and mile marker was an accomplishment for her whether she did the obstacle or had to do the burpees. ”The feeling at the end was exhilarating to say the least,” said Mari.

After recovery Mari plans to start training again now, and harder, as we will be seeing Mari next year at the Reebok Spartan Race. Perseverance and determination helped this strong woman complete what she came to do in the desert of Arizona.

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