I ran my first Spartan 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 when I started skateboarding. 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 5 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, normally placing top 20-30, and placed in the top 10 in the 2015 Spartan Race Stadium Series. 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 (more about that here).
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. Five 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, training for your next race, or racing in general, feel free to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org), DM me on Instagram, or message me on Facebook.