Should I run an obstacle race

The title actually should be “Should YOU run an obstacle race“.   While examining my blog analytics, I was surprised to see the number of hits that came from people using that search term.  I might as well go ahead and answer it in this post.

If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions you should run an OCR.

  • Do you like the adrenaline rush from attempting something outside your normal comfort zone?
  • Do you like to meet really gifted athletes who don’t earn $6 million per year nor get in gun fights at a bar with another athlete’s posse?
  • Do you want to get some really cool scars?
  • Do you like to get dirty?
  • Do you want to turn “exercise” into “training”?
  • Do you want to know what a “Field Day for Adults” is like?
  • Do you want to have a really cool story to tell  your co-workers on Monday?
  • Are you competitive?
  • Are you tired of sitting on the couch playing video games and watching TV?
  • Do you want some really cool photos of yourself to post on Facebook?
  • Do you have friends who run in OCRs?
  • Do you like the feeling of accomplishment?

Notice that none of those questions asked anything about level of physical fitness.  Most of these races/events can be completed by almost anyone.  It might take longer and it might be difficult, but don’t doubt yourself.  If you’ve been contemplating it, then quit thinking about it and sign up!

Note: If you’re considering a Spartan Race then shoot me an email and I can get you a discount.



  1. Hi!
    My husband and I are considering the spartan beast in nc in October, we will have just done a half in sept, I’m just nervous, I have done some 5k mud runs and want more bragging rights, I’m just a little intimidated, looking for some tips and that discount you promised!

    • Sarah,

      I’m assuming you mean the Beast in South Carolina on Oct 15? You can do it!!!! I had only run one 5K race and a Warrior Dash and had never trained for running when I signed up for the Vermont Beast last year. I was pretty fit otherwise, but the running was new to me. I’m assuming you’re training for the half, which will help with the endurance. You just need to add in strength and other types of training needed for obstacle racing. You can browse through some of my previous posts and/or I can give you advice via email or phone. Go to the Contact Me tab on my blog and send me a message via Facebook or email and I’ll also send you the link to use for the discount registration.

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