Monday, October 06, 2014
My weekend challenge for the BLC is to write about a moment of disappointment, mistake or missed opportunity. For me it was this year's Warriors Dash.
Due to losing our home last fall and seperating from my children, the inability due to income limits to get assistance leaf DH and I to living in a hotel for 6 weeks. This also lead to putting our gym membership on hold due to transportation issues and not cooking for ourselves. At this time I had also completed changed careers and took a huge pay cut but was the happiest about going to work, something I hadn't felt in years.
The kids received assistance from the county and secured an apartment for themselves and my youngest got a job. We kept hunting for an apartment and finally found one in December plus managed to gain back some fitness time but conflicting scheduled still caused issues with sleep.
DH being a trucker went back out over the road in April of this year which helped me get into a better eating and sleep pattern but I still want able to make the gym. We had signed up for the Wait Dash with hopes it would help motivate us to get active again. We'd also adopted a dog of a fairly active breed in hopes that that too would help us get me active again.
Well none of that worked, we did bits of things here and there but that was each. Race time came and we contemplated not doing it however realized that we'd be even more disappointed if we have up before trying. Race day came, we arrived early but ended up being delayed 90 minutes due to rain. Once we were on the course our lack of preparedness set in, at times DH was crawling because of the hills and his back. I finished but didn't complete many obstacles because I had poor traction with my shoes and feared getting hurt. DH ended up going to the medic tent due to abdominal/chest pain and to the emergency room from there. We both received our medals and while he didn't cross the finish line DH gave it his all and earned it. He himself didn't quite, emergency works told him he had to so he did.
It was a hard day, very challenging and scary at the end. I'm glad we did the race and finished and am now working to regain my list Conditioning and desire to complete another Warrior Dash next year plus a Spartan and Tough Mudder.