Updated: May 20, 2020
I ran my first Spartan Beast in 2015. If you haven't run The Beast - it is brutal. If you have, you know what I am talking about. After my 2017 race, my friend Clay (in photograph) and I grabbed a quick dinner before our drive back to Dallas. We happen to sit next to two guys who had just finished the race as well. These guys were ultra marathon runners. 100 Milers. They told us they proudly display their Beast medals and don't even keep their ultra marathon metals. Now, to keep this in perspective. I don't know if I could run 100 miles, but I can do a Beast. The Beast is more about all around strength, not just running endurance. Climbing 10 ft walls, pulling yourself across a zip line, rope climbs, traversing across monkey bars, carrying a 100 pound boulder ball If you don't have much upper body strength, it's gonna be a long day. Don't get me wrong there is a lot running as well, just not 100 miles of it.
You can do more than you think
I remember driving out to my first race in 2015 held in Glenrose Tx. Butterflies were fluttering around in my stomach like crazy. I love what Tim Grover says in his book Relentless - just make sure they are all going in the same direction. For anyone out there that ran this particular race, you probably remember it well. It had rained everyday for two weeks straight prior to race day. No exaggeration, everyday for two weeks. The track was nothing but mud. I was like walking in peanut butter. Given I had never run a race like this, I had no idea what to expect or really how to train for it.
I created a stacked training regiment that consisted of 3 cross fit hero WODs (workout of the day) during the week, then running for 4 Saturday's prior to the race - 2 hours, 2.25 hours, 2.5 hours, 2.75 hours - all of them wearing a 10 lb vest stopping every half mile to do 10 pushups, 10 ring rows and 10 air squats. Not gonna lie, the training wasn't very fun at times. In fact sometimes it out right sucked. I heard myself ask more than once during my training - why in the world are you doing this to yourself. You have been going for 2 hours, don't you think that is enough. It's not like you are getting paid for this. It's crazy how these thoughts could just fire off in my mind with out any notice or prior thoughts about quitting. Like an alarm clock going off trying to tell me "hey it's time to quit". My guess - it was just my bodies way of finding it's way into my consciousness. But my answer was always the same every time. Because real champions are made in the burn. Real champions are forged in fire. Now keep moving.
You can always do more than what you think you can.
If you would like an even greater example of this, read David Goggins Can't Hurt Me. It's almost unimaginable what he proved he could do, with just belief and determination that he wasn't going to quit.
How many times have you reached for something or wanted something in your life and not made it to completion? An ideal weight, finding a new career, a body you desire, trying to get your finances in order, a great relationship, quitting smoking. You want to know the secret.
Make a decision - Decide ahead of time that your mind is set and don't look back. Light a match, leave the past, burn the ships - (For King and Country - Burn the Ships)
When I was training, everything in my body would tell me to quit. But I had made up my mind ahead of time that I wasn't going to quit, that I was going to see this through to the end. I had made up in my mind that when it's at it's hardest, that is when most people quit. Are you going to be most people, or are you going to be more. My goal was to finish top 10 in my age group. In 3 of my 4 races, I did it.