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My First Race: The Rugged Maniac (pics)


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Wednesday, September 18, 2013



At approximately 9:59am on Saturday, September 14, 2013, I stood near the starting gate with dozens of other people in preparation for the Rugged Maniac 5k Obstacle Course Race. The race starter came on the PA. system and said, "One minute until race time!" At that moment I closed my eyes and looked at the sun. I took a second to let the whole thing wash over me. I took a second to let this whole journey wash over me. I took a second to think about how far I had come from starting at 509lbs! I thought about all the Insanity, P90x, and yoga workouts I had done. I thought about all the time I spent in the kitchen preparing good food so I wouldn't eat the junk that I did for so many years. It was truly one of the most calming feelings I have ever felt in my life! When I opened my eyes, I felt like I could do anything! I was ready!

What lie ahead of me was a 5k obstacle course in Paoli, Indiana at a ski resort called Paoli Peeks. It was to be 20 obstacles that would twist and turn, up and down the large hills of the ski resort. But with that calming I had right before the race, it occurred to me that I had already done the hard part. I had already lost 215lbs and no obstacle course was going to intimidate me!

I will say one more thing about the race before I get to the pictures. There was a point about 2/3 of the way through the race where I had just crawled through and was completely covered by mud. My shoes weighed three times what they started at and I was dripping wet from wading through water on the obstacle before. I was hot. I was tired. But I picked myself up and out of that mud and started running! It was slightly up hill but I just started running and I was passing people who were too tired and had to walk. I'm not so sure that in that moment, that I have ever felt more alive in my life! I had this moment of clarity that I really can't describe! I thought that this is where my journey had brought me! All the hard months and hard work for this feeling right here and now...IT WAS ALL WORTH IT!


My inspiration tape. WWHD (What Would Holly Do for @Hollys_New_Life) who has encouraged me through many ups and downs in this journey. And WWBD (What Would Brad Do) for myself to not forget that I AM doing this!


Caroline, myself, and Amy before the race being strong


Ready To Go!


Very first obstacle wall


Me climbing over



Keeping balance over water


On the course


Nearing the end






I got mud on me


Finished!

I'd like to thank my good friend Tiffany (@DAUGHTEROFTWIN) for coming along with her friends Caroline & Amy and taking all of the pictures!

As for the race, it was amazing! It was hard but so much fun! In total it took me 1 hour and 13 minutes including waiting in line at an obstacle or two and helping people over a couple of things when needed. I am proud to say that I did complete all of the obstacles as well! I can not wait to do more races like it in the future! Maybe even some more that are bigger and better! After just one race into my "racing career" and I may already be addicted!


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CATNCAG 9/9/2014 2:26PM

    emoticon Brad! I am so proud of u! How r things going? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIGBROTHER323 5/1/2014 12:24PM

    This is awesome! I want to do one! I
m not quite ready yet, but I can be. I've done 5 5ks and one 10k, but no obstackles yet.

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TERRIJ7 2/19/2014 11:26PM

    That looks like SUCH a fun race! Congratulations!

Love all the photos!

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GRAMPIAN 11/11/2013 6:06AM

  Well done! emoticon

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DRTOVAH 11/1/2013 8:40PM

  great pics. looks like you had fun!

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HOLLYM48 10/11/2013 1:29PM

    Again WOW, you are an awesome athlete! My hat is off to you!
What an inspiration you are to so many! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 10/11/2013 9:59AM

    Wow. Just wow.

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WHITEANGEL4 9/27/2013 9:28PM

    Way to go, great blog

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CORTNEY-LEE 9/26/2013 11:56PM

    Looks awesome! I love Mud Runs!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/26/2013 9:27PM

    Fanstastic! Way to Go!
Congrats on your accomplishment.

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2WHEELER 9/26/2013 7:57AM

    Congratulations!! You are emoticon .

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LEANMEAN2 9/26/2013 7:11AM

    Congratulations!

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LINDAM.1 9/25/2013 6:36PM

  Now that is inspiring.

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SPARKONSKATES 9/25/2013 5:02PM

    Wow Brad wow good for you sir !!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LILAC_LOVER 9/25/2013 1:44PM

    emoticon Brad not only did you complete this course but you helped others to as well that is emoticon !! Keep it up!!!

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SIMONEKP 9/24/2013 10:50AM

    Looks like a ton of fun

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MARYJEANSL 9/23/2013 11:45PM

  Amazing, awesome, fantastic! Congrats!

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STEFIGURL 9/23/2013 6:13PM

    SO AWESOME!!!!
Good for you. LOVED the knuckle tapes... :-)
So proud of you for ALL you've done!

love you, Brad!
stephi

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LBRAUN5 9/23/2013 6:00PM

  Great job!

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BURGUNDYBABE 9/23/2013 11:48AM

    emoticon this is awesome

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AMBER461 9/22/2013 10:39PM

  Congratulation on finishing the race, you are an inspiration to others.

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    AWESOME AND emoticon

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SPARKBJOK 9/21/2013 9:24PM

    Congratulations!

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REDRUNNERMOM713 9/21/2013 12:47PM

    Congrats on your accomplishment! Those kinds of races intimidate me. You're such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Great job Brad!
This looks like lots of fun and such a wonderful accomplishment on top of your AMAZING accomplishments already.
WTG!
Hugs,
Angela

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FRABBIT 9/20/2013 9:56PM

  What an amazing first race to do. The obstacles frighten me. Congratulations.

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MSKIZ69 9/20/2013 8:43PM

    You are such an incredible force of inspiration--thank you again for being that shining light of accomplishment!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TWINZMOM7 9/20/2013 8:20PM

  Excellent! You are an inspiration! Thanks for posting!

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    emoticon Way to Go Brad!!!! emoticon

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LADYSHERRY 9/20/2013 4:51PM

    WOW You are an inspiration!!! Thank you!!!!

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 9/20/2013 3:55PM

    Awesome - you are such an inspiration!! You've accomplished so much...and it looks like there's a whole lot more on the horizon for you. Great job!

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ONTHEPATH2 9/20/2013 1:53PM

    How awesome is that! sometimes I focus on all the things I am going to miss instead of the things I will gain. Thank you for bringing some of these into the light! Congrats on finishing the race and for sharing yoru moment of clarity - AND the great photos! Way to go! Be proud! You have inspired me and motivated me. Thank you!

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SYLPHINPROGRESS 9/20/2013 8:50AM

    How do you do?

I clicked in, thinking that the "rugged maniac" of the title was a reference to yourself. The slight disappointment over my misunderstanding was quickly effaced by your pics -- fun, loopy and impressive. That said, you truly are a rugged maniac after all.

Laurie

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TIME-4-TINA 9/20/2013 8:17AM

    My dear boy,
congratulations on the race!! So exciting! And so dirty!! Glad you had fun and that you found a new addiction. As a mother I have to say, I hope you didn't get into your car looking like that, mister!!
Proud of you,
Love,
Mom
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JAIMESIZED 9/20/2013 8:08AM

    Congratulations on your achievements! :)

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BESSHAILE 9/20/2013 7:16AM

    What a wonderful blog - Thank you for sharing and thank Tiffany for taking the pictures - i have the biggest grin on my face looking at you triumphant and victorious at the finish.

And that idea of closing your eyes and looking back at your achievements as the calming incentive before you began - wow - that's a fabulous idea. I will borrow that myself, the next time I face a hurdle - be it physical, mental or emotional.

You are such an inspiration!

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PMRUNNER 9/20/2013 5:33AM

    Yay! Well done!

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