Lets jump back to 2009, I was the kind of girl who was in the shadows of the "popular out going folk" I never played any sports because if wasn't "mentally and physically perfect" at something then what was the point? i never wanted to let any one down. This unhealthy mentality stuck with me until 2009 rolled around, I was stopped dead in my tracks, paralyzed by a single moment, the day i heard my fathers footsteps rushing up the stairs to my room, "Theres been an accident" is all i heard from him. I rushed out of bed and found out a very close friend of my was in a tragic accident, 4 days later there was nothing the doctors could do to save him. He was only 17 years old with his whole life ahead of him, his aspirations, dreams for the future were taken away in a second. Several months after this day i decided to create a Personal Bucket list. Skydiving was on the list so in 2010 i jumped out of a plane at 14,000ft and it was such an incredible experience! The next thing on the list was to "Finish a Race" at this point i didn't know much about running i just knew that i wanted to cross the finish line to a race. I always envied people who wore bib numbers pinned to their shirts, and the cool racing gear, I wanted to finish a race i wanted to accomplish something awesome! So this is where i found Spartan Race, it was a 3 mile trail race with obstacles and mud! I finished that race with the biggest smile on my face, and feeling so accomplished, i had found my passion in life, i had found what drives me, what motivates me, my days of hiding in the shadows of people were suddenly gone, Spartan Race gave me the mindset that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, you just need to believe you can do it, tell yourself you are capable and the world is yours!, I then finished 5k, 10ks, Half Marathons, Marathons, Ultramarathons, 3-31 mile Spartan races, and a Spartan Ultrabeast. I always find myself searching for new, harder challenges, i love pushing myself and seeing how far i could push my body because when you're at your lowest point, when your body is telling you to quit, that's when you really need to dig deep and use that mental grit to finish the race step by painful step. I do what i do today because of that painful day back in 2009, i want my life to exemplify how precious life really is in his honor, i want to live life to the fullest and help others along the way and encouraging them and help them believe that anything is possible!
"If you think you're beaten, you are, if you like to win and you think you can't it's almost a fact you wont, success begins with a fellows will, it's all in the state of mind, You have to think high to rise, you've got to be sure of yourself before you can ever win the prize, life's battle doesn't always go to the stronger or faster man, but sooner or later the man who wins, is the man who things he can".
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