Months of hard work and preparation and it was finally the day…RACE DAY!

So much was going through my head the week before the big day. I was anxious. I was nervous. I was excited. All at the same time. Had I done enough to be prepared for this race?

It was beautiful in Charlotte the week leading up to the race.

But on race day, it was 55 degrees and raining. Seriously?? Preparing for months and now I have to deal with a weather element?

I could have let it get me down. I could have let it discourage me. I could have made every excuse in the book to not want to race. But I didn’t.

My grit, my determination, and my drive were all going to be tested.

Being at the starting line with so many of our members and friends was overwhelming. We were literally dancing in the rain. I could not ask for a better group of people to run my first Spartan race with. The encouragement of this community is amazing.

Once the race started, I didn’t look back. The cold, the rain, the mud weren’t going to stop me from doing my absolute best.

One hour and forty-five minutes later, I had run four and a half miles and completed 17 of 21 obstacles. I had to complete 120 burpees for those 4 failed obstacles but I didn’t care. I could have the excuse that the weather messed with my grip but I will just start training with buttery hands. 🙂

I had no idea how I was going to feel after the race. Was I going to want to run another one? Was I really going to go back into the cold, rain, and mud and give it another try?


I now know the things that I need to work on to make the next race even better. One month away from Fayetteville and my goal is to at least complete one of the four failed obstacles.

There are so many obstacles in life but most people’s biggest obstacle is themselves. You are capable of doing anything you put your mind to and I am living proof. I have always been active. But I had never wanted to run a Spartan race until I became part of this wonderful, supporting community.

Come join us in Fayetteville. I promise you that it will be one of the best things you will ever do in your life.