The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.
– Franklin D. Roosevelt
Although Obstacle Racing has become a prevalent staple in the sporting world today, there’s no denying that it still takes quite a bit of bravery to take the plunge and commit to completing your first Spartan. No doubt you’ve seen the photos of friends jumping fire and splashing through mud, and you’ve witnessed first hand the epic bruises, cuts, scrapes, and even injuries sustained by your Spartan addicted acquaintances. You’ve asked yourself, “Why do they do this to themselves time and time again? What’s the allure?” Yet something inside you keeps tugging at your mind, pulling you toward the unknown. I distinctly remember that feeling — the uncertainty, the butterflies, the fear of the unknown. When we finally take the plunge, embrace the fear, and embark on our first Spartan adventure, in that moment we truly awaken a zest for life that only the Spartan experience can evoke.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’ve heard it time and time again from people of all shapes, sizes, and athletic backgrounds, “I don’t know if I could do something like that”, “I’m concerned I can’t do the obstacles”, and “I’m scared I’ll get hurt”. Their thoughts are part of a battle of conflict which oscillates between hope and worry, curiosity and dread. There’s no denying that the unknown can be extremely daunting to the novice racer. The thought of scaling walls, traversing slick monkey bars, and climbing seemingly impossible ropes undoubtedly strikes a certain level of fear into the hearts of those who have yet to endure them. However in these moments of apprehension we can truly rise above the fears that hold us back from achieving great things, and we can step into the unknown to take on our doubts and fears with a heart full of courage and the resolve to never give up.
Thinking will not overcome fear but action will.
– W. Clement Stone
Are you someone who is grappling with this fear of taking on your first Spartan? Are you paralyzed by your own doubts and convinced that a Reebok Spartan Race is much too difficult, much too risky, and a guaranteed way to make a fool of yourself? Well it’s about time you face and conquer those fears head-on. It’s time to proceed with confidence instead of with self-doubt.
Need more convincing? I recommend you take some time and read through the incredible stories that are shared daily on this blog. Look at the #SpartanTransformation stories. Empathize with the tales of people who have lost hundreds of pounds, who overcame an addiction, who have grappled with the loss of a loved one, and who have found their true strength on the trails of the Spartan courses. Read the #WHYIRACE stories, and you’ll realize that most people were once in your exact position, worried, afraid, and doubtful of their own ability to succeed at tasks they deemed too difficult. Each story ends with a common theme — triumph, dignity, pride, and a renewed sense of self-worth. You too, can gain this incredible awareness of your own amazing abilities, and we’ll be there to cheer you on along the way. We can’t wait to meet you. AROO!
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.
– Dorothy Thompson
This blog was originally written for and published on the Spartan Race Blog.