I’m turning 40 this year and I admit that it’s lighting a fire under my butt to reach some goals before the big 4-0. I’m not sure why it makes me so crazy but there’s something about those milestone Birthdays that make me realize I’m getting older.
I wish that I had discovered the sport of obstacle course racing (OCR) when I was 25 but the sport didn’t really get big here until about 5-6 years ago.
I ran my first Spartan Race at age 35 and my first Trifecta when I was 37, something I never imagined I would do. But one thing I love about this sport is that it’s a sport for all ages. I’ve seen people of all ages on the race course from teenagers to 65 year olds and all ages in between!
I won’t lie though, the older I get the more I realize that I need to take better care of my body and let myself recover between races. The 2017 season was full of injuries for me, most of which were aggravated by pushing myself too hard and not taking the time to recover properly. I’m also learning that nutrition plays a huge role in recovery and I’m working on a nutrition plan that will help not only myself but also my clients.
One thing I love about running obstacle course races is that it makes me feel like a kid again! You get to crawl through mud, under barbed wire, climb over walls and throw spears and axes. As adults we tend to try to stay dry and clean, it’s so fun to run outside through the mud and not care about getting dirty.
One thing I notice about kids is that they are fearless. They aren’t afraid to try climbing a wall even if they are scared. As we get older, even as preteens and teenagers we start to say “I can’t” and are scared to try new things. I love that the sport of OCR pushes me outside of my comfort zone and makes me try new things that I’m afraid of. The self doubt still creeps in but I feel like running these races and doing things I thought I couldn’t do helps me to push it aside both on the race course and off.
One thing that I find does come with age is caring less about what other people think and more about what I think about myself and staying true to me. When I’m at a race no one is judging me for what I wear or how I look or how old I am. My kids think I’m a “cool mom” because I do these crazy races that their friends moms are afraid to do. My parents think I am insane but are also proud of me for trying new things and pushing myself to my limits.
So don’t let age stop you from trying an obstacle course race if that’s something you’ve always wanted to do! Most of the women that I help train for races are between the ages of 30-50 years old! They have kids and families and are ready to try something new and fun just for them!
So if you want to run an obstacle course race I say go for it! No matter what age you are or how many kids you have (or don’t have). Age really is just a number and you can do anything you put your mind to.
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Have you ran an OCR at an age you thought you never would? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!