Over the last 3 years a lot of people ask me why I train the way I do and why I run the Tough Mudder, recognized as one of the hardest obstacle races you can compete. My simple answer is always because I enjoy it, crazy as it may seem to those who have heard about different aspects of it. For those of you that are not familiar with the Tough Mudder it is a 10-12 mile obstacle run. One of the obstacles, shock therapy, is especially brutal as you are crawling under barbed wire that is electrified at different times causing you to be randomly shocked. I want to tell people they shouldn’t put it down until they try it, but everyone has their limits!
So I guess what the point that I’m trying to say is, don’t let other stop you from doing what you makes you happy. There is always going to be someone that questions what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. All of us have different passions: Tough Mudder races, marathons, CrossFit, triathlons, team sports, etc. which require countless hours of training to compete the way we want. The “grind” of training is what gets me out of bed every morning because I know that the struggles that I have in the gym or out on a run are making me better then I was yesterday both physically and mentally. Getting through some of those workouts is not always easy, but the end result can make you proud and excited about what you can accomplish.
You may not notice it, and I didn’t at first, but when your doing what makes you happy others notice and inspires them. If I can help one person get and stay fit by showing what I love to do, that is more gratifying than winning any kind of race!
Fitmark Ambassador 2014