Over the weekend I attended the Pittsburgh Spartan Sprint Race. This was the first major fitness event after being away for a month on leave. I’d be lying to you all to say that I wasn’t nervous for this event. In fact, I had intended to start racing around 9:00 am in the morning. As is typical for races, I get a serious case of the jitters prior to hitting the course. This time, however, the “pre-race jitters” had me show up late to the event by nearly 2 hours. My arrival time to the site in Steubenville, Ohio (side note: WHY WAS THE PITTSBURGH PA RACE IN OHIO!?!?!) was for 7:30 am. I didn’t make it there until 9:45 am, long after my initial race time. Luckily for me, I was able to get into a later heat, and I set out around 10:30 am.
I’m not the one that likes admitting that I am late to arrive at a major fitness event, but the sheer level of self doubt, paranoia about doing this event having just returned home, and realizing that I was hitting the tracks on my own, without a team this time, was truly kicking my butt to the ground. I can remember trying to compose myself in the parking lot of the event, thinking about every last obstacle that I had en endure in the course of my life over the past three years. Business hardships. PTSD. Not to mention the latest hurdle, turning my will and life over to the care of God.
“How can I endure this race today? “. This was the borderline paralyzing thought that had me nearly turn right around and drive back home, until a song came on my playlist that convinced me otherwise. A simple message so eloquently put:
“You’re going to be ok.”
The Pittsburgh Spartan Sprint was always a big deal to me, and the first sprint I ever ran came at the most trying time of my life. I’ve had to let go of a lot of things in my life to move past one obstacle after another and rise up as the stronger, more powerful version of myself. This happens to be the main mantra now on our Powerful Strength Coaching forum too (which you should totally join by clicking this link). It never occurred to me just how fragile life can be until it was threatened, and I now understand that this epiphany of mine has been well shared among friends, colleagues, and clients that are all pressing on through the obstacles of their own lives. I have read countless emails, had countless phone calls, and had countless face-to-face meet ups with all the aforementioned people about their own health struggles, and all these conversations have always ended on the same, unanimous notion: we are ready for new beginnings, and we are ready to live this life we are called to live for the sake of our own health.
Taking care of our health, bar none, helps us enjoy our lives all the more each and every day.
What are the obstacles that are standing in the way of your own strength, your own livelihood? Who is it you envision yourself to be, and ultimately, what do you want out of life to help you live the most fulfilling life imaginable? What will living a healthier life do for you in the long term ? How much stronger do you envision yourself to be? These questions are ever more pertinent when we are facing health challenges that may derail us form our own path towards wellness. The point we must make for ourselves is to quiet the noise, to stop sabotaging ourselves before we even begin moving forward, and trust the process knowing that if we keep moving forward, we truly will be ok.
” New beginnings are possible anytime we are ready.”
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Eat smart! Train hard! Enjoy your life!
Let NOTHING stand in your way!