NAVIGATION

Why I OCR

Share

The last two weekends I’ve had the opportunity to run in two local races.  Last weekend I ran the Dirty Dash, a non-timed mud run.  On Saturday, I ran the American Fork Canyon half marathon. 

afhalfUtah has some unique road races.  It seems every canyon has their own half marathon where they shuttle you to the top and then you run downhill 13.1 miles to the finish line.  The half marathon I ran was one of those races.  I thought this would be a great way to get some miles into my training.

The shuttles to the starting line started leaving at 4:00 am.  Yes, 4 in the freaking morning.  If I had known I had to be there so early, I’m not sure I would have signed up.  For those that know me, you know that I value my sleep preciously.  And you also know that I hate the cold, which it was, at the top of the canyon at 5:00 am.  As I waited for the race to start, I tried to give myself a pep talk.  I was waiting for some sort of excitement from the announcer or from other racers, but everyone had their game faces on.  There was a little bit of chatting going on.  But then, everyone put their ear buds in and turned their Garmins on.   Then I guess they said start, because the people in front of me started moving. 

afcanyonI grew up at the mouth of American Fork Canyon in Utah.   Even though I’m very partial to it,  I have to say, it is one of the most beautiful canyons anywhere.  As I was running on the paved road I couldn’t help but admire the beauty of the nature surrounding me.  I wanted to veer off the road and run through the woods, run through the river and throw a few rocks.  I felt trapped on the road.  I can’t imagine anyone preferring to run on a man-made street instead of through nature.  As we came out of the canyon, we ran through a golf course and then a park.  Again, my eyes wandered to the playground equipment.  “Wouldn’t it be fun to just take a break from running and go across the monkey bars and go down the slide?  Wait, it’ll ruin my time.  Okay, just keep running.”  So I finished the race, got my medal.  But something was missing.  Joy.  I have several friends who do find joy in just running.   But I’m not sure why I never feel it.

But last week when I did the Dirty Dash, what I saw at the starting line, during the race and at the end was lots of smiles and laughter.  I see it and feel it atcrawling_girls every mud run and obstacle course run I do – adults remembering what it’s like to be a kid, play in the mud and climb things again.  There is a sense of empowerment that comes with conquering obstacles that I don’t think any road race can compete with.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This entry was posted in Ambassadors and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to posts:


  •   Hyper Vest SXY and FIT from Hyperwear.com
  • Instagram

    • Before, during, during, and after. Hours of work, lessons learned, and more hours of work. Restoration Bungalow continues with one more room nearly finished. The moment I saw the house I was inspired to restore it back to its original beauty, one room at a time.  Tons of credit to Forest for all his hard work! Classic colors, furniture, and fixtures. Half the fun is the research and the rest is seeing the vision executed!! All that’s left is artwork and new bedding.
.
#classicbungalow #lovemyspace #bungalowstyle #bungalow
    • Quiet night in a quiet town living a quiet life.
    • Making a house... a home. Everyday I’m filled with gratitude.
.
#home #smalltownliving #bungalowstyle #classicbungalow #bungalow #lovemyspace #love
    • Seriously pinching myself while settling into my new home. Being able to walk out my backdoor into a canyon full of deer and jack rabbits, the dogs being able to run free the whole time, and quiet country life waiting when I get home. It’s hard to believe this is life.
.
2019 is off to a pretty good start! First day of work at my new job is Monday and spending these last couple days working away on the house and taking the dogs into the mountains behind our house.
.
#bestfingyear #newbeginnings #2019 #countrylife #smalltownliving
    • This year I got the ultimate gift, on Friday I was handed the keys 🔑 to my new house.
.
We spent the weekend starting to bring her back to her original 1920’s charm. Christmas we woke up in the  house, drank coffee, opened presents, and took a hike out the back door up into the canyon behind the house. I already love being back in a tiny town you’ve never heard of. People have stopped by, given us cookies, fudge, and chocolates. Heard stories of previous families who lived in the house and a few nuggets of the property history.
.
Beyond excited for the next chapter of life. It’s been a crazy last month and a half. A dream job came to me, bought a house, and now in the process of moving and bringing this little beauty back to life.
.
The lesson learned in the last couple months is - trust life has a plan for you - things happen for a reason - and life is full of good people.
    • Did you catch the recent podcast episode with @bemorewithless? We talk about living simply and loving life.
.
Because of the holiday this week’s episode will come out later in the week.
.
Happy Holidays All!!
    • Rebuilt in the 1599. Still in business today... I love the history of the UK 🇬🇧 and pub names... but mostly the pub names.
.
#britishpub #pub #england #travels #adventurer #stalbans #worldtraveler #travelhumor
    • Humbled, honored, and shocked. Thanks for this inaugural award from @mudstacle 
#ocr #obstacleracing  #shocked #honored
    • Have you checked out the latest episode of the podcast? Graham Roberts of @ispiremc talk about coaching, motivation, and having a winning mindset.
.
Graham should know - not only has he become an avid obstacle racer but he also helps the mental game of world champions and other professional athletes.
.
Find it on your favorite player! Temp link in bio
.
#mentalgame #mentalgamecoach #spartan #obstacleracing #spartanrace #podcast #levelup #ispiremc #headgamestrong

    Follow Me!