My First Obstacle Course Race by a Slightly Germaphobe
I've recently competed in and completed my first Obstacle Course Race. Although I've run in dozens of races since I started running two years ago, this was one of my biggest accomplishments. Not only that, it was also the most memorable.
Obstacle Course Races are well....tough! There's no other way to put it and no reason to sugarcoat it. I knew that going in, and I was excited for the challenge. I specifically chose a mud run to face my slight germophobia. I even enlisted the help of my best friend. To my surprise, he was all in!
After weeks of training, we faced the unexpected. Not unexpectedly, we conquered each of the 20 obstacles. One right after the other; constantly offering each other support throughout the race when we struggled, and we praised each other for every achievement. There were 20 foot wall climbs, tire flips, seesaw balance beams with 15 pound sacks, monkey bars over the pool, 6 foot and 8 foot fences to jump over, rope climbs, muddy tunnels to crawl though, bear crawls in the dirt, running through shallow muddy waters, and more!
After the race, it dawned on me that the Obstacle Course Race was a metaphor for life. We are constantly getting unexpected obstacles thrown in our way but we've got to keep fighting; keep overcoming them no matter what. I didn't let the mental or physical toll affect me - affect me in that race and it definitely won't in real life. Of course it doesn't hurt to have a friend - a best friend to guide and support you along the way.