Written Justin Manning
I flick my wrist to see my FitBit Charge HR stats and I'm struggling. And I realize I am not getting faster. I'll either embrace the cold weather or continue fantasizing about the last 11,000 steps.
I prefer to run during the summer time. Grab a pair of shorts, sneakers, and have a dope playlist on deck. The next hour goes by in a flash.
But here I was in Marine Park, Brooklyn at 7:12am in October. Heading out the door was not as easy as during the summer because I had to worry about layering my clothing to accomadate the drop in temperature. Five miles down, two more miles to go.
I was training for the Men's Health Urbanatholon Classic (10 mile) Obstacle Race in Queens. It's a sprinters course. Having run the entire stadium at a Spartan Race, I knew endurance was key to finishing in under 2 hours.
I absolutely despise cold weather but training NEVER stops. In this case, I have to prepare for the cold concrete, the chill of an open scrape in 50 degree weather or worse-- risk more scrapes on my body than usual.
I'm almost there.
But now I'm desperate, and the finish line feels so near but yet so far. I begin daydreaming, hallucinating even. Why was I doing all of this? My OCR 2016 goals of standing on podiums while collecting more medals flashed before my eyes. I began envisioning starting my own profitable obstacle course and a sponsorship program to help finance my fellow racers
Soon, I wasn't consumed with the amount of steps I had left. I embraced being lost in this dream for my own salvation. Before I knew it, my timer went off. I completed my goal. I stopped to take the ceremonial picture with my Fitbit app to document my training session. When I looked at the picture, suprisingly my eyes passed over my stats and onto my attire. I wore a hat to combat the chilly weather and a sweatshirt.
My sweatshirt from StereoTypeCo read, "If you're reading this it is not too late to start dreaming."
It's never too late indeed.
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