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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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GOING-STRONG 9/19/2013 11:58PM

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JSEATTLE 9/19/2013 11:45PM

  Thank you for sharing your pictures and story! Sounds like a challenge!

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DOLPHINKARIN 9/19/2013 10:50PM

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You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing your story. I love your idea of WWHD and WWBD it is easy to put the blame and success on someone else but when it comes down to it. We all need someone to inspire us and we need to success for ourselves and take responsibility for our own journey.

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JOANNHUNT 9/19/2013 9:39PM

    AWESOME. CONGRATULATIONS

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  Congratulations and thanks for sharing.

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GEORGE815 9/19/2013 7:40PM

    Good challenge for you.

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/19/2013 7:19PM

    This brings me to tears! What a moment! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 9/19/2013 6:57PM

    Thank you for sharing that moment of reflection before the race! That was very powerful!

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JERICHO1991 9/19/2013 6:25PM

    Sounds like a fun way to celebrate your fitness.

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GINGERVISTA 9/19/2013 5:38PM

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ON2VICTORY 9/19/2013 5:15PM

    Way to go get it done! One of those events has been on my bucket list for some time...

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AMBERLICIOUS88 9/19/2013 4:41PM

    YEAH! That looks fun! I almost got talked into doing a similar race here but I declined. I'm probably doing it next year tho..YOU ROCK! Hope mud didn't get anywhere "awkward" LOL!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 9/19/2013 4:13PM

    You will never know how much you inspire me. I was telling one of the ladies at my work about your success, and she was blown away. You will always be motivation and inspiration to everyone around you, and you will be the reason that many people to not give up. You are proof that anything can happen. I am so so so incredibly proud of you for doing rugged maniac, especially considering that it was your first race ever! You killed it, just like you have with this entire journey. You are such an incredible person, and I'm both happy and proud to call you my friend!

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KATHY_NATURELVR 9/19/2013 4:11PM

    I've done several mud runs now and am addicted to them. I'm broke right now but am waiting for my next adventure. Awesome job!!!


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HAPPYMENOW58 9/19/2013 3:02PM

    Loved reading about your race and seeing the pictures! You must feel sooooo proud! emoticon Thank you for your continued motivation and leadership in Spark! You are a Spark idol! emoticon emoticon

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LCRUMLEY81 9/19/2013 3:00PM

  great job

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MINEA999 9/19/2013 2:30PM

    Amazing Brad - nice work!!

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ROZZIEOZZIE 9/19/2013 1:54PM

    Great job! And you only got a little muddy.....Hope you brought a change of clothes! You are a wonderful inspiration to those of us who aren't quite there yet!
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GARDENQE2 9/19/2013 1:53PM

    My favorite part is when you helped other people who needed it...You're the BEST!!
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NONNAOF2 9/19/2013 1:53PM

  You totally rock! What an amazing accomplishment!! :-)

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IDICEM 9/19/2013 1:43PM

  What fun. Congratulations on finishing the race and all your success!

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CRISCOLIBRI 9/19/2013 1:27PM

    Wow! This is amazing.
When you took that moment to realize how far you had come before the race began,
you took things to a whole new level.
I continue to be inspired by you!!!
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ARTISTGATOGIRL 9/19/2013 1:17PM

    Thanks for writing such an inspiring g blog. It's a good reminder to all of us that with making changes and staying motivated and focused we can do just about anything we set our mind on! emoticon

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JRTHOMAS02 9/19/2013 12:59PM

  Way to go Brad!!!

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SUSIEMT 9/19/2013 12:55PM

    Brad I am so proud of you!!! May you enjoy many more races in your future! God bless you and your family!

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AURIANNE67 9/19/2013 12:38PM

    Amazing! I am working on the C25K program now and hope to sign up for some fun themed races soon as well. Congrats on all your accomplishments!
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JAVAGAL47 9/19/2013 12:33PM

    What an inspiring blog! I don't usually read those that are not in my group, but am so glad I did today. I know you will go on to do more exciting and inspiring things, thanks for sharing. An admiring friend, Betty emoticon emoticon

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STRONGCOURAGE 9/19/2013 12:27PM

    That is truly incredible--you are incredible! You have come on an amazing journey and I'm sure have transformed in so many ways and learned a vast amount along the way! Plus it looks like you are embracing life to the full--way to go! Great pics, looks like a fun time of sweat and hard work and something to be super proud of...what an inspiration YOU are! :) emoticon

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STODD251 9/19/2013 12:20PM

    Sounds like a fun race!

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BONIFIANT 9/19/2013 12:14PM

    Wow, Brad! "Congratulations" seems too tame a word for how far you have come and what you and achieved. Best of luck as you continue your marvelous progress toward better health and fitness.
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YOU RAWK!!!

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DIANNEMT 9/19/2013 12:13PM

    Love the insights you gained before the race--and when you "took off running" and passed so many!! Congrats!! That did look like fun!

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  emoticon emoticon The pride you feel must be out of this world!!!

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TRIXIETEXAS 9/19/2013 10:55AM

    You are such an inspiration! You ROCK!

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    emoticon Great Race!!!

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WUBBY82 9/19/2013 10:33AM

    So awesome to know someone else who did this race!! I'll be doing the one here in Phoenix in November. Reading about your experience has calmed me and pumped me up at the same time, knowing someone going through a similar journey was triumphant. Thanks, Brad!!!

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SBARGANZ 9/19/2013 10:04AM

    Congrats! How fun!

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GIRLINMOTION 9/19/2013 10:03AM

   
Glad to hear you survived! Your doing awesome!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Congratulations and thanks for sharing an enjoyable experience

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HLOCHRIDGE 9/19/2013 9:26AM

    How incredibly wonderful!!! I am so proud of you!!!!

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