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Hey, I'm Spencer.

 

I ran my first obstacle course race in 2012, and I like to consider it a turning point in my life. For six years, I smoked cigarettes, smoked weed several times per day, and could barely walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded and a head rush. When I ran that first race, the obstacles reminded me of back when I started skateboarding at a young age. Challenging, fun, and something I immediately wanted to get better at, but I also needed to be able to run between the obstacles. My personality can be best described as "all or nothing", and I quickly realized this was the thing I had to go all in on, in order to get myself out of the lifestyle I was living.

Fast forward 6 years. Fitness is a huge part of my life. I've ran over 60 obstacle course races, including a 12+ hour Spartan Race Ultra Beast, 8 hour Toughest Mudder, and have participated in races all over the country, and in Canada. I like to think I hold my own in the elite heat now, I've been able to team up with companies like FitAid, and Human Octane, and participate as a captain on Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge on NBC in 2016 and 2017.

I realized somewhere down the line that bettering only myself was not good enough. I went through such an unlikely transformation, and seeing the way

it has affected my life positively gives me a motivation to help others do the same. This began with trying to motivate and inspire through my Instagram account. I have continued to try and help people as much as I can on a macro level through the use of social media, but it has also led to my working with athletes more directly as a coach (more on that here).

If I think back to that first race, it is doubtful that I could have ever imagined it would lead to all this. Six years later, and I am still excited by OCR. I'm still hungry. My goals have changed every year, but my passion for fitness, pushing myself to the best I can be, and helping others do the same, has not. Most of all, I'm still having FUN. And until that changes, I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.

By the way... I love talking to fellow athletes! If you see me at a race, please feel free to say 'what's up'. And if you ever have a question about me, about training for your next race, or racing in general, feel free to email me (spencer@gripwod.com), DM me on Instagram, or message me on Facebook.

Cheers! - Spencer

 

 
 (Finishing my first race in 2012... wearing gloves from Home Depot and gym shoes with no traction).

(Finishing my first race in 2012... wearing gloves from Home Depot and gym shoes with no traction).