spartan race

We. Are. Sparta. #ChallengeAccepted

To say I was ecstatic to finish the Color Run a few years ago is an understatement. Running a full 5K was something I never thought I would do because (1) I hate running and (2) I hate working out. It wasn’t until I was coerced into doing a Spartan Race that I realized the Color Runs of the world are just child’s play.

I ran my first Spartan Sprint in 2013. I was the most out of shape I had ever been and was practically dying the whole time BUT I finished. I couldn’t believe it. I even jumped over the fire at the end (which looks a lot scarier than it is). After accomplishing that goal, I was ready to come back for more!

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My PIC, Shari, and me crossing the finish line!

The following year I signed up and this time I knew what to expect and was in slightly better shape. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I crushed it. My time was better, my attitude was better. Overall I felt great! However, the trend I was noticing is that once you finish, you just want more!

Once you accomplish something you never ever ever thought you could accomplish, it makes you wonder… what else could I do that I didn’t think I could do? Could I do a Spartan Super? Or even a Spartan Beast?! Maybe I could accomplish the coveted Trifecta?!?!?! Okay… so I’m not there quite yet but I am ready to take it up a notch.

Knowing that I completed this back in 2013, I truly believe anyone could do it. You’re probably thinking, “No way can I do that. It’s scary. There are monkey bars. You get dirty.” My response would be “Yes, it is terrifying at first and there are monkey bars and you will definitely get dirty BUT you will finish. And you will feel like a f^%&ing champion. Plus, you get a free beer at the end.”

So if you’re officially convinced to try it out, now’s your chance! There are upcoming races in the tristate area that you can participate in ASAP! For 10% any race, sign up here and use the discount code SPARTANBLOGGER. I’ll even give one lucky winner a free code to get you started! How? Just comment below telling me you want it and I will select one random winner to become a true Spartan! #LETSGO

*Promo code and coupon code was provided by Reebok Spartan Race.

#HAWMC Day 2 – Introductions

This prompt asked to write 5 things everyone should know about my activism. I’m sick of writing lists (like 5 Things You Need to Know About My Activism). So instead, here’s a little timeline about how and why I became involved in fitness and a more active, healthy lifestyle.

2007: I started college. Unlike everyone else I went to school with, I did NOT gain the freshman 15. In fact, I lost 10 pounds thanks to the laxative induced food (seriously I’m convinced the food was laced). I felt good about my body and my life and didn’t put much thought behind what I was eating or how little I was physically active (minus dancing at the bars).
2011: January 2011 I weighed myself for the first time in a while and almost shit my pants. I had gained 25 pounds since the start of college and literally wanted to jump out a window. How did this happen? When did this happen? How did I not realize how out of shape I became? I took action immediately and started doing P90X. I completed the 90 day challenge and lost 10-ish pounds.
Summer 2011- Summer 2012: My new outlook on a healthy life went into overdrive. I was working out at least 3 days a week, eating better, and feeling much better about the way I looked and felt.
Summer 2012: I ran my first 5K! This was a HUGE accomplishment and made me feel like I could conquer the world.
Fall 2013: My co-workers convinced me to sign up for the Spartan Race. I don’t know how they convinced me to do it, but I did. And told myself that if I could complete the race without throwing up, it would be a huge accomplishment. I bought 30 personal trainer sessions, joined a gym, and was ready to rock and roll.
Winter 2013: Hard breakup. I stopped eating for a week, lost a ton of weight, felt tired, depressed, and shitty about myself. 
Today: Bouncing back slowly and re-committed to eating better, working out 2 days a week with my trainer and at least once on my own, and so excited to KILL this race in June.
Being healthy and active is NOT easy. It’s so so easy to fall back into bad habits, sitting around all weekend eating cookies and being a lazy ass… but with the right motivation and a supportive group of friends I know I can reach my health and fitness goals and not only finish the Spartan Race, but actually enjoy it too.

Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge

30 Days, 30 Posts

Taking on the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge as way to get back into blogging and to keep my health goals on track. The Spartan Race is June 2nd and if I don’t start eating better and working out 3-5 days a week, I’m going to seriously hurt myself during the race.

My friend Gaby brought this challenge to my attention and I couldn’t be more excited about sharing my experiences online. I’ve blogged my fitness in the past before – 2 years ago I started blogging about P90X and since then I’ve used twitter as my means of accountability. This month, I turn to this blog.

So be prepared for a month of April fitness blogs!

#letsgo