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Playing in the Mud – Monday Memory – Don’t Give Up

Life. In one word, it can have so many meanings. Today, it means that there are so many distractions and issues that can get in the way of what we really want to accomplish. Lately, that has been my biggest problem and it is self-imposed. I want to be training and I seem to be doing everything else I need to do except training and I feel guilty each and every day. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.

I know I have a few months until my first race of the season and I am just not going to be ready. How do I know that now? I just do. We all know ourselves. But, it will not let me give up and submit to life.

In my Monday Memory, I went back to November 6 of 2016. Only a few months ago, I was talking to people about not giving up and how life can kick you in the face. I needed to read this today. I needed a reminder that I can believe in myself and that I can overcome anything. I have seen multiple posts lately with the quote from Rocky Balboa, “You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”

I have been taking some shots lately. I keep getting up and believe me, I will always keep getting up. Let’s all do this together. Let’s all take life’s best shot and get up and overcome.

 I bring you, Don’t Give Up.


Those three words are sometimes so difficult to say to yourself. We have other ways of saying them, “DFQ” or “Don’t Stop” or “Never Give Up” but they are all the same and all have the same meaning. Besides the two words “I’m sorry”, they may be the hardest combination of words to say.

They are not words to take lightly. You have to be in a pretty precarious situation or having supreme difficulty to be thinking of giving up. That challenge in front of you may look too large. These challenges could be anything. You can be facing big changes in life. You could be facing difficulties at work or at home. You can be working to achieve a goal. Hell, you can be just trying to get through each day. You can have problems and issues that you are dealing with. They are all the same. These things all want you to give up.

Giving up is easy. That is why the harder thing to do is Don’t Give Up. Think about it. When was something worth achieving easy? Was graduating with honors easy? Was it easy to move up in your company? How about those workout goals, were they easy to get to? How easy is it to raise kids? I am just shooting off things that I have seen people post of Facebook lately about their accomplishments of their life. Think about it, was it easy?

When it’s not easy and when you struggle to get to your accomplishment, it does not change the final goal. We all wish that everything we think of can instantly happen and we don’t have to stress about it, worry about it or give it a second thought. What would be the accomplishment if it were so easy? There isn’t one. But, if you struggle every step of the way, feel like to have to claw for every inch, you feel like you have poured your heart and soul into everything you have done, is there an accomplishment? Is there a story? How does that make you feel? Think about that…how does overcoming the difficulties in life make you feel? They make me feel freaking amazing.

Life is never going to change. It will always be a battle. There will be a balance of a job, family, relationships, hobbies, friends, exercise and one hundred other things in front of us every day. How you approach each day and how you look at all these “battles” is the key. Are you looking at a brick wall in front of you? Guess what, you can’t run through a brick wall. One of my favorite sayings is, “You cannot run through a brick wall, but you can take it down brick by brick until it is no longer in front of you”. What does that mean? It means that life is a brick wall, with each brick as something you face and a struggle that you may have. Combined they look formidable and impossible to overcome. However, attack things one at a time and remove one brick at a time from the wall and eventually that wall will disappear.

Overcome those battles and have fun, smile, be epic and keep playing in the mud!

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Playing in the Mud – Monday Memory “Fear Before Killington”

Weekly, I have been posting on the New England Spahtens Facebook page. These posts have motivated people, reminded people of their worth, shown people that they are not alone in the world and also shown everyone that we are all one family. The obstacle course world is the same. People feel alone. People do not feel worthy when compared to others. People do want to continue because they just don’t have that motivation.   I hope that these posts help change you and show you that you are all amazing people.

Besides weekly new posts, on Mondays I will be posting a “Monday Memory” of a Facebook post of the past. These memories will posted here, with a current introduction.

Be epic and as always, keep playing in the mud.

September 15, 2016 – Two days before the Spartan Killington Beast

Two or three days before Killington, people start to freak out.

I wanted to remind people that we are all scared. We all have fears. We all have worries. However, that fear also brings us all together.  Fear drives us and pushes us. I wanted people to begin to channel that energy for something positive and based upon the people I met on that mountain, I believe it worked.

I bring you fear.


Fear can do one of two things, it can freeze you or it can drive you.

In two days, I will be on a mountain in Vermont. Standing at the base of the mountain that is scary. You look up and think, how the hell am I going to get all the way up there? You look and you see obstacles and carries and all these people around and you think…”30% of these people will not finish this race”.

You have a choice. You head into the race wondering if you will be a statistic, a number, a DNF and wondering if you gave it your all.

Or, you use your fear of the unknown and of that mountain and you use it to drive you. You motivate your friends, your battle buddies and your race family and you will tell them that they will make those climbs, they will carry those carries, they will complete the obstacles and the crawls and they will jump the fire. You use this Beast in front of you as motivation to make yourself a better person, a stronger person and someone who will not listen to the voice on your head saying ” I cannot”.

There is no alternative. There are no insecurities. There are no options in your day that includes failure. Stand in the starting corral, look to your left and look to your right. Let them see your eyes and your confidence and show them all that “We ALL got this”.

Let’s all congregate up in Killington tomorrow and conquer the Beast.