In honor of the NY Marathon, this post is dedicated to inspire those that wish to start running, want to push their current running or are perfectly content with their runs. No matter what, there are always lessons to be learned. The best eye opening moments come when we least expect them to. Embrace and be open to these moments and soak it all in, because the power of human potential is unstoppable.
Full article found at – MindBodyGreen
‘What Outdoor Endurance Racing At 51 Has Taught Me About Human Potential’
Matthew L. Schoenthaler
1. Do something outside of your comfort zone.
Outdoor endurance races challenge me and push my personal boundaries. Since Tough Mudder, I have completed two more Spartan Races, a Spartan Super in July that covered 10 miles and 20 obstacles in Central California’s 100-degree heat, and on October 1, a Spartan Beast that spanned 15 miles and more than 30 obstacles in beautiful Squaw Valley.
2. Raise your own bar.
It’s good for all of us to have something to aspire to in life and along the way. Setting goals to participate in these endurance events gave me a healthy way to channel my well-known energy. And by raising my own bar, I just achieved my most coveted goal: membership into the exclusive Spartan Trifecta Tribe by completing a Sprint, Super, and Beast in the calendar year.
3. Put in your hours and sweat equity.
Just as I prepare for a big sales presentation, I knew training for these races would be key to not just building my strength and conditioning but also to allaying my fears and giving me confidence to take on these increasingly difficult challenges. And aside from the Electric Shock Therapy experience, these races haven’t been as painful as I thought.
4. Teamwork will get you through anything.
Tough Mudder and Spartan Races attest that the strength and stamina of one person pale in comparison to the power of a team. This is true in life and in work and, frankly, is my favorite part of competing in these amazing events.