Spartan Up This Weekend!

So freaking pumped for this weekend’s Spartan Race in Atlanta.  Best part is, I get to do it with my sister Carden and officially, as of about 10 min ago, my girlfriend Dani – way to go girl!  Truth is, I never really intended to do one of these races – and then I got inspired one day.  In August 2014, I was listening to Barbell Shrugged’s episode #147, I was deeply inspired by listening to a 52 year old man known as Tony – The Fridge.  This man straps a 93 pound fridge on his back and runs ultra marathons raising awareness and money for cancer, which has deeply impacted his life and his family.  When asked, “why do you strap a fridge on your back – isn’t that inconvenient?” he answers something like “of course it’s inconvenient! do you think cancer is convenient???”  That resonated with me, and I’ll tell you why below – quick poll:  would you rather watch 1hr of really inspiring stuff or 1 hr of Vampire Diaries – if your answer is Vampire Diaries, leave immediately.  If it’s inspiring stuff, I strongly suggest you watch this…

One of the biggest takeaways I got from Tony The Fridge, is that he claims to be a normal guy – he just has super human resilience.  I believe we can all manifest this power through practice and enough healthy stubbornness.  So that’s what I’m going to do with my sister Carden this Saturday.  We’re going to complete a Spartan Race together.  Quick history lesson – Carden has FSHD, a rare type of muscular dystrophy that sabotages her muscles and limits her mobility, and it neither has a cure nor any real treatment at the moment.  The thing about Carden is, she doesn’t let any of it stop her – she is the most resilient person I know for this and possibly the bravest person I know too.  So this Saturday we’re teaming up to run the Spartan Race together to flip a giant bird in the face of FSHD.  She will do the parts she can, and I will help her through the bulk of it.  Will it be convenient?  Of course not, but neither is her living with FSHD and it won’t stop us from completing our task at hand.

Time to Spartan Up!

 

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