I could write an entire post about running the Tough Mudder this weekend, but it wouldn’t mean much to anyone not running one. Instead, I’ll focus on what I felt upon completing the course and why it wasn’t what I thought I would feel.

That being said, a quick blurb never hurts. The race was challenging, as it’s meant to be. Men and women of a wide range of fitness levels were out on the course giving it they’re all. It was pretty inspiring and one of my teammates, who was self admittedly well out of shape prior to this, said, “It’s easy when you’re running on your own or doing burpees to stop. But when you’ve got all these people pushing, man, it motivates you to just keep going.”

I don’t have a whole lot to add to that; he nailed it.

Pushing on to completion though, I felt proud of all of everyone who made it through, especially the ones who were hesitant to sign up until I pestered them (I’d apologize, but you know who you are and you’re happy you did it).  As it relates to myself, though , I wasn’t really proud of those few hours I spent on the course.

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I was proud of everything I did to prepare for it. I spent hours sweating on gym floors, sidewalks, and fields so that I could control how my body works. I put so much effort into figuring out what fuel my body runs best on that I could write a ten page paper comparing how I react to certain foods. I’ve got notebooks full of chicken scratch about workouts, what worked versus what didn’t, my strengths, and my weaknesses. Completing the course and still feeling good, while also exhausted, was just proof that I had put in the effort. That effort was the most important thing to me.

That’s an interesting realization, right? Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast on the course and will definitely be doing it again. I’m also more sore today than I have ever been in my whole life; I can’t walk right. Where I really found out how strong I was, both physically and mentally, was the work behind the scenes. Kind of like any athlete I’ve ever admired; their success begins off-screen, not in the championship game.

The hardest thing to do, for me, was to adjust my mindset to that framework. Recently, I had a conversation with an old friend, that I haven’t talked to in years, and I described how I approach life these days. Because that’s what you do when you catch up with people, right? Get all deep and introspective? No? Maybe just certain people then.

“I figured out that I’m better when I’m challenging myself and struggling to achieve. So I put myself in those situations,now, where I’m supposed to lose just to prove that I can win.”

That really does sum up how I do things. I used to shy away from challenges and take the easy way out. All that got me was sleep apnea, self loathing, and perceived life sentence of mediocrity.

Not a good combination.

So here’s my challenge, and it doesn’t have to be fitness/health related. I challenge everyone I know (especially the spammers who follow this blog) to put themselves in a situation where 51% of the vote goes to the other team. Where you’re going to have to fight tooth and nail to come out on top. Take your comfort zone, everything you think you know about yourself, all of your insecurities; throw them away.

Even if you’ve got to sign up for it 6 months in advance like I did for the Tough Mudder, commit yourself to something you don’t think you’re ready for. I’d bet good money that you’ll come out mentally stronger than you went in.

What have you really got to lose?

-Moody

 

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Comments
  1. Anastasia Beaverhousin says:

    What will your next challenge be?

  2. Anastasia Beaverhousin says:

    I am commiting/challenging myself to a new gym once I am back from two weeks of vacation. I think it might kick my ass.

    • invadermoody says:

      Honestly I’m so fresh off the mudder I haven’t thought about it,but I do need to put my money where my mouth is and figure it out. The gym one seems to be a big one I see a lot, I definitely did it and it totally paid off. Good Luck!

      • Anastasia Beaverhousin says:

        And Congradulations on the Mudder run. You have given me something to consider for 2015.

        Now go practice what you preach.

      • invadermoody says:

        You should do it! Whatever is going on in my life permitting, I’m already planning on doing it yearly.

        And yes ma’am, I’ll get right on that lol.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousin says:

        Figured out your next challenge?

  3. invadermoody says:

    Well, as for specific challenges like a race, I don’t have one in that same category.

    My long term goal/challenge is to get my bodyfat to right around 15%. Which requires me taking my focus, especially nutritionally, way beyond where it’s been (which I didn’t think possible). While not as montage worthy as what I wrote about, it’s definitely proving to take at least as much mental discipline as getting ready for the race took.

    Did you get yourself to a new gym like you said you would?

    • Anastasia Beaverhoisin says:

      I did and it is kicking my ass in a beautiful way. Currently I am on fire.

      Lately this quote by Einstein has really stuck out to me in reaching my goals: Everything is energy and that’s all there is to it. Match the frequency of the reality you want and you cannot help but get that reality. It can be no other way. This is not philosophy. This is physics.

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