Motivational Goals- Mud Girl
Last updated: July 2023
After being diagnosed with multiple myeloma over a decade ago, I have to say I’ve definitely been pushed to step out of my comfort zone. I’ve been put in situations where I’ve answered with plenty of yes’s and wondered “Hum, why did I do that"?
Keeping hope alive
Oftentimes, the words cancer or terminal doesn’t spring many in the action of what the future holds in processing the trials during and after the storm. I would have to say it’s been a ride, and a very appreciative ride in some aspects, of stepping out and embracing the possibilities as many people think they can’t or must stop discovering. Well, I’m here to share the need to keep hope alive and that bucket list checklist close by.
Count me out…never
I knew the voice within me held the spirit of a warrior. I don’t recall the specifics but last year I was introduced to Mudgirl. Mudgirl is a nonprofit organization that showcases obstacle races specifically for women and young girls and raises funds for cancer research.
Over the last few years, I’ve thought about the possibility of taking part in some type of obstacle race, whether a marathon or something in that frame of thought. Once looking at some of the videos that show snippets of the race, well, I thought “Why not now?” So, in about 5 weeks I’ll be out in the trenches checking off a goal on my bucket list. It never fails to see what my inner voice is ready to do but my outer (sometimes) is hesitant.
I’ve mentioned prior but I do have a fitness business, and I started my training for this race in January. It’s not really required to participate, but why wouldn’t you train as it can be a bit intense. As I’ve mentioned on my social outlets, I’m not trying to get hurt checking off a goal. It has to make sense!
Some of my training included coming up with 20–30-minute exercises Monday- Friday to get my muscles, bones, and mind ready to take on this race with the intention of empowerment!
Part of my training has been losing weight, as well as staying engaged with what I’ll need my body to pull off. I’ll have 3 miles and 17 obstacle courses to grapple through. Now this hasn't been an easy feat, well not necessarily, but it does remind me to stay focused and refocus when I do slip up. It’s been interesting and rewarding to have my audience just as excited for me taking part in this.
This week I’ve been reviewing options for the best footwear with grips and my tank with my logo on it. My team’s name is “Excellence Supreme.” I guess I’m getting a bit stoked. Oh yeah, did I mention part of the race is completing all challenges in the mud!
The time to fight is now, with integrity, grace, hope, and a smile….when you feel like it
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