Saturday, September 22, 2012

Time to Push My Body, My Vehicle, to it's Limit

My cousin and his family pushed their vehicles to the limit
during the 2012 Survivor Mud Run.  Now, it's my turn!
Hey there.  I feel rugged.  I'm continuing down that path of fitness and I have the Gladiator Rock'n Run in just a few short weeks.  Aside from the obstacle course that I will have to power through, there will be the mud to contend with.  And lots of it.  A cousin of mine participated in the Survivor Mud Run earlier today I was going through his pictures.  All I could think of was the mud all over their bodies.  Almost as if they went off road and gave themselves a mud bath.  I told myself that in 2 short weeks, it will be me in muddy clothes standing victorious at the finish line.  It will be me with a muddy smile on my face and feeling of accomplishment, very similar to that of my cousin and his family.

Next year, I am adding a Survivor Mud Run medal
to my collection!
It reminded me of a time my cousin purchased 2 UTVs (Utility Terrain Vehicle) and asked if I had ever gone riding.  I never had, so he told me about how great it is to go off and get the vehicles muddy.  It was almost as if the muddier they get, the more of a "successful" mud run you had.  I remember sitting there looking through some UTV accessories at one of his favorite sites and thinking to myself why someone would want to put their vehicle through so much stress and get their vehicle so muddy.  Why get accessories for a vehicle that you are going to put through hell.  I simply didn't understand.  I guess I wasn't rugged enough at that point in time.  I didn't realize that his UTV was an extension of himself.  He wanted to push his vehicle and show off it's prowess.  In similar fashion as to how his body is his vehicle and he's not afraid to get down and dirty to show off his power and agility.  I'm realizing just now that I have not pushed my self, my vehicle, to the limits the way he has.  Coming back from an ankle injury that could have sidelined him for quite some time, he pushed himself to strengthen himself.  To get back into a high fitness level.  He has pushed himself and kept that level of commitment and it has paid off huge dividends for him.  This year, I made a commitment to level up my stats, to increase my fitness activity and to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  The runs that I have participated in a great start, but it's not enough.  I need to go off road.  Like a brand new UTV that needs to be pushed, I need to get down and dirty.

Today, I took another mental step towards being prepared for my up and coming runs.  My determination was tested during the Hero Rush.  Now it's time to put my strength and agility to the test in the Gladiator Rock'n Run.  I'm going to need to be in top form come January when the Super Spartan Race comes to town.  I'm not ready yet.  I haven't gone for that first "mud run" just yet.  I haven't pushed my vehicle to the limit.  Come October, I sure will.  Later!

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