So yesterday, I completed the Spring Wolf Run. For those of you who don’t know, the Wolf Run is a 10k obstacle run, featuring a lot of mud and water and big obstacles. It was torture! Here is what I’ve thought about the whole event from my personal experiences…
Be more prepared
I wasn’t prepared for the Wolf Run. I’d like to say that this was because I was taking it with confidence, or because I was just having fun so it didn’t matter if I was physically prepared.
I had other things going on in my life at the time, which took priority. Going to the gym or working out, just weren’t at the top of my to-do list. And that was fine, it made sense, but I should have made more time. I should have worked out more. I was ill-prepared, and that ruined things for the others.
Go at your pace
However, I had to go at my own pace. I pushed myself so much, I hope they all realised that, but I couldn’t run for very long. I was fine with the obstacles – I can push my muscles – it was my heart and lungs that couldn’t do it. So with running, yeah, I couldn’t do it for long at all. It did what I could, I pushed myself, but I tried to remember that all I could do was go at my pace.
It would have been more fun if I was with people of a similar fitness to me, that way we could have gone at the same pace and just had fun. However, my brother, his girlfriend, my partner, and my sister are all much fitter than I am. Therefore, I held them back. Seeing as it is a team effort, you can only go as fast as your slowest person. And so, they were as fast as me! That made me feel so guilt again and again throughout the run, taking the fun away at times.
But, we still had so much fun on the obstacles, and in the mud. It was fun to fall and slip and get so dirty. Do it with good people, and it’s a great time.
There were so many times when I thought about dropping out. My sister’s friend had wanted to do it, too, and I kept thinking about dropping out and saying that she could go in my stead. I was so close to doing that.
But I didn’t.
I showed up.
I was aching, terrified, and ill-prepared, but I showed up and I did it – that’s worth so much.
You’re going to hurt and ache and struggle, in the Wolf Run and in life, but you have to keep going. I just kept telling myself,”keep going, don’t stop.” I said that with every step, I was getting closer to the end. Stopping or overthinking the water obstacles, would only prolong the pain. Instead, don’t quit and dive in and keep on moving however fast you can. Even if you crawl, you’ll get there eventually.
Get a little dirty
You can’t have a good life without getting a little dirty and achy. Trust me. The best things involve a bit of craziness. I loved how dirty we got doing the Wolf Run. It made me feel like a kid again. Find that feeling, and hold on to it.
Prove yourself wrong (and maybe some others, too)
I didn’t think that I could do it, but I did it. I’ve actually done a lot in the last few years that I never thought I could. Smashing those things, and proving myself wrong, was amazing. It’s accomplishments that give us a euphoric feeling like no other, so prove yourself wrong time and time again.
Tell the story
At the end, you have a story to tell. By doing fun, challenging things, you become a storyteller and it’s brilliant. I can talk about my troubling runs, the slips and slides, the mud (oh, the mud), the water (and having to swim because I’m so small), and the bleeding fingers, and the mud dribbling out of my sports bra when I tore it off. It’s great to have stories, so do interesting things.
Will I do it again? Yeah, probably (provided it’s the summer one!) but I’m glad to be able to say that I have done it. I freaking did it!! Do the Wolf Run, guys, or a task like it. It’s a brilliant experience, no matter who you are or how fast you go.