So I ran my first Spartan Stadium Race this past weekend at Nationals Stadium since my injury about 11 Months ago. Before I talk about that let me talk about the injury. I pretty much shredded my ankle in pieces in the 1st mile of the race. IN case you were wondering yes I finished the race on a messed up ankle and according to my doctor that was not the smartest thing I have done. But hindsight is 20/20 right? She also told me that it would have been better if I had broken it cause it was just hanging by a limb. I was in a hard cast for a few weeks and a walking boot for 5 more weeks. It was a long road to recovery.
So now lets talk about the race. It was about 110 degrees with lots of steps and at times I thought about giving up because I was so scared at messing up the ankle again. She told me if I do it again I would have to have major ankle surgery with having to have screws and plates in my right ankle. Thats why I picked a staduim race because the terrain is concrete and no rocks, mudd and other stuff. I definitely will miss that terrain but I am a runner first and a spartan second.
The race was filled with bear crawles up staduim ramps which was hell in itself. Add more stairs then most people prolly walk up and down over 6 months while carrying sandbags, water jugs, rope climbs, rings, cargo nets and did I mention stairs. It felt great to finish but I wasnt happy with my time but it was still in the top 20 for my age group.
So the point of this blog is to dig deep and dont let your fears define you as a person, athlete but press through whatever you are facing and be the best you can be. Believe in yourself and you can accomplish great things. So to wrap this up I will leave you with the words of Shaun T , "TRUST AND BELIEVE IN YOU!!!!"