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From Couch Potato To Spartan Racer: An Update

Coach Potato to Spartan Racer Update SimplifiedLife.netIt’s been 3 1/2 months since I first wrote about my decision to finally become intentional about my health.

In my initial post –  “Couch Potato To Spartan Racer”  – I talked rather candidly about where I was in my current health journey and my plan to move myself from Coach Potato to Spartan Racer.

Now, I’ll be straight up honest that I’m still not sure if I will make the Spartan Race in August that my brother initially challenged me too.  I know how important it is to be adequately prepared for such a race and as much as I would like to be ready, this body is not quite there yet.   But if not this one, then I’ll keep working away until I do get there, even if that means next year or the next.  Maybe it will be a whole different race.  For me it’s not so much about the race, but about the journey on the way there.

As I shared in my initial post, I was a high school athlete.  I loved running and being a part of a team.  But then high school ended.

Soon came marriage and four children – all incredible blessings in my life.  Age started creeping in on me, along with some health struggles and an strong addiction to Mt. Dew.

Why it took me so long to start getting healthy it’s hard to say, but I always had a reason to not get started.  I’ve spun all the excuses – Not enough time, not enough resources, it’s raining, it’s too hot, it’s windy, I’m too tired, so-n-so needs me, I can’t, frankly I just don’t want to…..the list can go on for a million miles. Read more

From Couch Potato to Spartan Racer

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23 years ago I crossed the finish line at our local city/county cross country meet, claiming the title of champion.  It was a rather unexpected win, but well fought for.  By the time I graduated High School my Letterman jacket was covered with medals from numerous races and events.

Those were some of the best years. I loved running and being a part of a team.

The years following High School I continued to run and stay fit.  It took a little more work because now I was juggling college classes and a full time job.  As the years progressed, exercising became less and less of a priority.  Soon I was chasing four young kids around the house and mentally I decided that was enough “running” for me. Read more