So back in April a few of my friends convinced me that it would be “fun” to do the Rugged Maniac together. Don’t know what the Rugged Maniac is? Well, I didn’t know much either except that it involved obstacles, mud, and water and I absolutely HATE doing anything in wet clothes. Like seriously if you know me at all, spill a cup of water on me when I can’t change my clothes and I’m sorry for the wrath that will rain down upon you. This was such my concern that it wasn’t until a week before the race that I decided to look up the Rugged Maniac and learn every detail. Oh that was such a mistake! I looked at all the obstacles that were captured in pictures all over the internet and I started to fear my survival of this race. Pretty much every single one were things I had never done before. Ok, they were ALL things I had never done before!
I seriously struggled to sleep 2 nights before the race because I had looked up all those pictures and what exactly the race involved and I started having like mini panic attacks in my sleep. The night before I layered on some Stress Away essential oil from Young Living, and that seemed to do the trick to get me through the night so I was rested on race day. As I pulled into the parking lot to meet my team, anxiety set in and I started to get really scared. I rolled on some more Stress Away as I stood there thinking that I didn’t know what to expect, but I had a little peace in knowing that my friends would be there for me through the entire race, and I knew they would be the support I needed to have the courage to try every obstacle.
One little detail that our entire team didn’t really think about, was the fact that the event was being held at Snow Creek which is the closest thing to a mountain we have here in Missouri. they cover it with snow for skiing in the winter. If you weren’t navigating an
obstacle during the race, you were nearly crawling uphill or trying not to fall as your momentum pushed you downhill! Oh, and another thing we were dreading…it was over 100 degrees! It did make having wet clothes slightly easier to deal with though.
After EVERY obstacle I would take a quick look back and say, “I can’t believe I just did that!” We joked about how it was everything I spend time telling my children NOT to do…”don’t play in the mud, don’t climb that high, don’t jump over FIRE!, don’t climb the walls!” I still can’t believe I did it, and I wouldn’t have made it through the entire course (especially climbing the wall) without them! We finished and I couldn’t believe I survived the entire thing and gave everything I had to that race. It seriously is the most EARNED t-shirt and medal I’ve ever received, and I’ll be wearing that shirt with pride and happily share my story and battle wounds with anyone who’d be happy to listen.
Finishing that race has got to be the hardest physical achievement I have done besides birthing my 3 children. It made me realize that I could accomplish things that I never thought possible, and that my goals are not set too high. If I can accomplish an entire race I never dreamed possible for myself, what else can I do? Who else can I help do the same? How can I take my new found inspiration and knowledge to people just like me? I hope sharing my story will help inspire others to realize that they can achieve things they never thought possible for themselves.
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