Here I sit on my living room couch, huddled under a blanket, shrouded in a hoodie, sniffling, coughing, and downright grumpy; writing a blog about how much it stinks to be sick. Not that anyone is “good” at being sick, but I feel as though Spartan’s present a completely different breed of sick people. What might that be? Well, I guess it can best be described as an interesting mixture of stubborn denial mixed with anger that blends together into a special mixture of frustrated obstacle racer. It’s not pretty, but we might as well own up to the fact that Spartan’s get intensely annoyed when anything messes with our dedicated training regiment, and getting sick does just that.
It happens every year, sometime between the first day of school and the first cold of winter weather setting in; the dreaded cold and flu season erupts upon offices and schools, it invades households, and brings down any immune system it can conquer. The good news is, Spartan’s have a slight edge due to the fact that people who live an active lifestyle, eat well, and take care of their bodies tend to get sick significantly less than those who do not. The bad news is, as much as we’d like to think we are invincible… we are not. We have to remember that we also eagerly choose to run races which force us to drag our bodies through bone chilling water and mud in freezing cold temperatures (behavior that tends to bewilder the sedentary friend who cannot fathom how this could be remotely enjoyable). So yes, even the mighty Spartan gets sick.